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Left sided chest pain and gastric problem - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 13-Jan-2012
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Very Good Posted in: Hypertension and Heart Disease
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Doctor :   Hi
User :   Hello
Doctor :  
How can I help you?
User :   I've been experiencing some pain in my chest now for over a week
Doctor :   Ok

User :   This pain is right over my left breast
Doctor :  
User :   It started out mild, and not it feels like a bruise but inside instead of out
User :   My chest hurts when i take a deep breathe but hurts more when i'm breathing out then in
Doctor :   If you press over the area, do you have pain?

User :   Yes
User :   It hurts more when i touch it compared to when i leave it alone
User :   I could go through the entire day without noticing it unless i touch it
User :   or lift something heavy/stretch
Doctor :   Do you have gastric problem?
User :   Well, i was diagnosed with a peptic ulcer when younger but haven't been keeping to date with it.
User :   I do have more gas then usual
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :  
Usually as per the pain you describe, it is more common in gastric issues and also in localized muscle and soft tissue inflammation
User :   The pain started near the right breast first gradually went away
Doctor :  
and not much in favour of cardiac illness
Doctor :   Ok
User :   then went to my mid section of my chest
Doctor :  
Yes it is there over a wide area
Doctor :  
Do you have difficulty in breath especially on exerting?
User :   yes
User :   i'm out of breath in small actions such as conversating
Doctor :  
Doctor :  
Then you should get an ECG done
Doctor :  
without a delay
Doctor :  
nothing to panic
Doctor :  
Any cardiac abnormality has to be ruled out first
User :   ECG?
Doctor :  
Yes, EKG, Electrocardiogram
User :   I've had one done within the past year
User :   everything showed normal at the time
Doctor :  
but now with chest pain and breathing problem
Doctor :  
it is required
User :   Is it possible it maybe my lungs?
Doctor :  
Yes, but first priority is for heart
User :   Ok, also i do experience some weird heart beats lately
Doctor :   Get it done now

Doctor :  
as an urgent procedure
Doctor :  
Do not delay it
Doctor :  
Are you getting it?
User :   yes, i am
Doctor :   Fine

Doctor :   Thanks for consulting HealthcareMagic. Bye for now.
User :   Thanks
Doctor :  
Report back after the ECG
User :   will do..thanks
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