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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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Very Good Posted in: Lung and Chest disorders
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Doctor :   Hi
User :   hello
Doctor :   How can I help you ?
User :   For about a week I have had a burning in my chest when I exhale. Additionally I get a sharp stabbing pain on the left side of my chest, kinda behind and to the side of my left breast on the beginning of a breath. The sharp pain comes and goes, but it almost always brings me to tears, and I can only take short and shallow breaths while it's happening. It is worse at night, or when I lay down, or move a certain way. What's going on? And should I schedule a dr appt or hit up the er?
Doctor :   Hi , I have gone through your query.
Doctor :   To answer your question straight first, I feel that you should immediately go to the Emergency Room as I see your symptoms.
Doctor :   May I ask you a few more questions to answer your query better ?
User :   yes
Doctor :   Do you have cough ?
User :   kinda. I had a pretty bad head and chest/congestion type cold about a month ago. Cough is pretty much gone at this point. but I'm still coughing a little. It's not really productive like it was though
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Do you have any other associated symptoms like Fever, Tenderness in the chest wall or pain in the breast tissue?
User :   maybe a little tenderness on the rib/breastbone area of the rib under my left breast.
User :   but no fever
Doctor :   Ok
User :   I've also noticed that any cardio I ve done this week caused pain in the same areas.
Doctor :   I feel this might be a case of either 1. Pneumonitis 2. LRTI - lower respiratory tract infection
User :   Should I shcedule a dr. appt and wait to get in there, or should I hit up the er? I would hate to go to the er and it not be worth the dr/nurses time
Doctor :   If you can get an appointment in a day or two, it would be fine or you have to land up in the emergency room.
User :   ok. Thanks a bunch. I was really starting to worry, as I have never had issues like this before!
Doctor :   Dont worry
Doctor :   I feel if you get a chest X-ray done sooner and get a PFT TEST doen by the primary or a chest physician, you will surely get better in aweek
Doctor :   Hope you have followed , till than take 1.ADVIL tab. thrice daily
Doctor :   2. Take steam inhalation.
Doctor :   Please avoid cool foods 7 cold climate
Doctor :   Thank you for consulting me.
User :   Thank you,
Doctor :   Take care, Bye for now.
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