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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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Very Good Posted in: Lung and Chest disorders
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User :   Over the passed week I have suffered with laryngitis and then conjunctivitis. I've been feeling slightly better but yesterday I woke up with a terrible pain under my left rib cage which is excruciating when I cough. It doesn't when breathing normally.
Doctor :   Hi
User :   Hi
Doctor :   This looks to be a generalized viral infection that is causes laryngitis and Conjunctivitis
Doctor :   It does sore some muscles
Doctor :   including the ones under the rib cage
Doctor :   But I would like to ask few more questions
Doctor :   Age, Gender and any medical problems?
User :   It is so painful!
User :   27, female. I have a prolactinoma treated with quinogolide and a under active thyroid treated with levothyroxine.
Doctor :   You can take a Analgesic, ADVIL 400mg right now
Doctor :   which clears the pain
Doctor :   After recovery from viral infection, the myalgia ( muscle pain) remains for sometime
User :   Im taking nurofen which is a pain killer. It says it contains 342g ibuprofen lysine.
Doctor :   Ok, Is it helping
User :   Not really. Still very painful.
Doctor :   Take ADVIL
Doctor :   do you have breathing difficulty
User :   Ok I'll see if I can get some. I've never heard of it before.
User :   No breathing difficulties
Doctor :   I think this is not serious
Doctor :   and if the pain still continues you need Chest Xray and ECG
User :   Ok, thanks
Doctor :   Yoiu can wait for 24 hours
User :   It started when I woke uP yesterday. Do you suggest I wait and see if I still have it by tomorrow morning? If it is just muscle strain, how long should it take to go?
Doctor :   24 to 48 hours
Doctor :   You can take the above tablet when you have pain and wait for 24 hours
User :   Ok thanks. I have to go now. Thanks for the advice.
Doctor :   Thank you
Doctor :   Bye for now
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