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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   Hi so lately I have had neck, shoulder, and back pains. When you look at me you can see that the shoulder that hurts is about a inch and a half lower then my other shoulder. I recently lost two people to lung cancer and I am freaking myself out now today I feel like there is a blockage in my left side of my throat but I can drink and eat and it doesnt hurt just annoying any ideas. I dont have health insurance right now
Doctor :   Hello
Doctor :   give me a min . let me read your query
Doctor :   may i know your age and gender please ?
User :   25 female
Doctor :   and since how long you have been having this pain ?
Doctor :   do you smoke or consume alcohol ?
User :   about a week it comes on and off for about a year started after sleeping on a water bed
Doctor :   have you lost weight recently ?
User :   i smoke i do not use alcoho;, and I am trying to quit smoking
User :   I lost weight about a month ago but I was extremely stressed out from losing a job
User :   I also have depression
Doctor :   i see
Doctor :   and have you been taking any medication
User :   my depression pills, and ibuprofen and sometimestramadol for pain
Doctor :   and have you undergone any tests ?
User :   no last test i did was in september i had pneumonia
Doctor :   ok well i can first of all assure you that you can take out cancer from your mind
User :   well that makes me feel a little better because i am sitting here typing and crying
Doctor :   do you have any fever ?
User :   no
User :   not that i know of
User :   why do u feel u can assure no cancer i am sorry i am panicking
Doctor :   sure i will explain you
User :   i also feel like i have a slight itch in my throat but i dont know if this is all in my head making things seem like they are there and there not
Doctor :   ok to begin with cancer will cause extreme loss of weight which is unexplained
Doctor :   you lost weight because of your stress in your life
User :   yes i couldnt eat i was so stressed
Doctor :   and also cancer of the one you are talking about esp lung will only develop after years and years of smoking
Doctor :   do you have any fever ?
User :   not that i know of i dont feel like i do...i also dont have thermonitor
Doctor :   the lump in your throat can be just a inflamed lymph node because of some infection
User :   i have been smoking for about 6 to 7 years
User :   is it true that aniexty and stress can make u feel like u have a lump in ur throat
Doctor :   Well i strongly suggest that you should quit and cancer of lung is rare at your age group
Doctor :   stress can cause a little constriction in your throat making you feel like you gave a lump
User :   i understand just scared my friend was 38 and had lung cancer they removed her lung and she had no cancer until a month later she had it every where
Doctor :   has taking ibuprofen worked ?
User :   a little not that much for the back neck and shoulder it looks like my body isnt lined up correctly
Doctor :   yes lung cancer usually has no cure and is very aggressive , so i strongly suggest you to quit .
Doctor :   i know its hard but you need to be motivated enough
User :   it hurts more when i'm not moving rather then when i am
User :   i am trying very hard i usalyy smoked up to 8 to 12 a day for the past four days iv went from 3 to 4 down to 2 or 1 a day
Doctor :   thats a good start
User :   i also purchased those electronic cigerates whats your feeling on that
Doctor :   well they will also kill you , your best option would be just to quit , you can start by making use of nicotine patches to curb it for few days and then i am sure you can do it
User :   so those electronic cigerates are no good
Doctor :   now i can assure you you dont reflect any signs that you have any cancer
Doctor :   that i can tell you
Doctor :   now comes your body pains
User :   thanks what about this pain it mostly in my shoulder
Doctor :   well one of the main culprit is the bed we sleep in , many people do complain of body aches after sleeping on a water bed for several months , your best way would be to buy a little hard mattress and sleep on it
User :   i slept on a water bed one night...i have a regular bed
User :   could it be my pillow
Doctor :   Ok also since your pain is restricted more to your shoulder
Doctor :   let me tell you some exercises you can do
Doctor :   esp rolling your arms from your shoulder helps to losen up
User :   could a chiropacter help
Doctor :   oh yes definitely

User :   i wont have health insurance till january 1st so i am trying to hold off
User :   does heating pad help
Doctor :   Well try gargling with warm water in the morning with a pinch of salt that will help your inflamed throat
Doctor :   heating pad will increase the circulation to your joint and help in easing the pain
Doctor :   Dont exert your body too much
Doctor :   rest is equally important
User :   so i shouldnt worry to much of this very slight cough and throat...just nervous since i did have pneumonia about two months ago
Doctor :   No not at all .. do gargles
Doctor :   1) Add lemon juice and some honey, to a glass of hot water. Drink this. It will give immediate relief from pain
Doctor :   2) Cut a lemon into 2 pieces. Take one piece and put some salt and black pepper on it, press with a knife so that salt-pepper penetrates into the lime. Put the lemon on heat to make it warm. Slowly lick this lemon squeezing it until no juice remains. Do it 2-3 times a day.
Doctor :   and you shuld be fine
User :   well you certaintly made me feel a little better
Doctor :   Well i am glad i was able to help you
Doctor :   be positive and yes please do try to kick that smoking habit once and for all
Doctor :   and take care of your self
User :   i certaintly am losing two very close people to lung cancer has woken me up
Doctor :   its never to late
Doctor :   Take care
Doctor :   too*
User :   i'm still young so i need to do it now not later....u take care also Happy Holidays
Doctor :   same to you
Doctor :   Bye bye
User :   bye
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