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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   29/f, smoke pack or less a day, not overweight, no other health problems except anxiety/health phobia. experiencing right sided chest discomfort. ongoing for a few days now. doesn't hurt when i breathe or cough, just started work at home job on the computer, i notice right arm is always gripping mouse hard and my muscles are tight, can that affect chest muscles? grandma had pacemaker when she got older, and dad had bypass when he was 62. mom died of lung cancer at 63 so i worry about that too...i know, and im trying to quit. im just worried about this discomfort and whether its related to my heart. thanks.
User :   Hi
User :   hi
User :   let me read
User :   i just got bumped off, u still there?
User :   hello?
Doctor :   Yes,
User :   ok
Doctor :   since when did you start noticing these problems?
User :   over the weekend
User :   last weekend
Doctor :   How long have you been working on the computer?
Doctor :   How many days has it been sincce you started work?
User :   im on it daily, but i started my job a week ago Monday
User :   so its 8 hrs constant
Doctor :   How many hours a day do you sit for work?
Doctor :   OK
User :   well i get small breaks too
Doctor :   Dont you take breaks?
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Great, you are giving me answers as I type
Doctor :   my questions!
User :   lol
Doctor :   OK
Doctor :   So what you are probably having
Doctor :   is muscle fatigue
User :   in my chest?
Doctor :   Since you are using your right hand more
User :   my body is always tight anyway, i have very high anxiety and worry about my health daily
User :   i know its not a good thing
Doctor :   Yes, the right arm is attached via the shoulder muscles to the right chest, right?
User :   i dont know, i
Doctor :   All you need now is rest
Doctor :   some pain killers
User :   its just to the right of the center of my chest
Doctor :   later some physiotherapy
User :   i'd say on a scale of 1-10 its about a 2
User :   not bothering me, but noticable
Doctor :   Do you have cough
User :   no
Doctor :   Breathlessnes?
User :   no
Doctor :   Any other symptom?
User :   no
Doctor :   other than the arm?
User :   just anxiety
Doctor :   OK
Doctor :   It can only be a muscoloskeletal pain, as you don't have any other symptoms
User :   guess my time is running u dont think this is related to my heart? i heard sometimes women have different symptoms
Doctor :   No, it is unlikely to be so
User :   ok thanks.
User :   i can feel it in my lower back too, i know i have bad posture
User :   i hunch over the computer
User :   lol
Doctor :   To rest your anxiety, you could get an ECG done
User :   a heart test?
Doctor :   Yes
User :   i had one done a few years ago if that counts, because of anxiety
User :   it was normal
Doctor :   No a new one
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