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Date : 13-Jan-2012
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User :   I have a question about chest pains Im having
Doctor :   Hi
User :   hello
Doctor :  
Yes go ahead
User :   i believe i am having symptoms of a pulmonary embolism
Doctor :  
That is an emergency
User :   Ive been having this pain for about 3-4 days now. Under my left breast.
User :   It hurts to bend over, laugh, and take breaths
User :   however I am not coughing up any blood or anything
Doctor :  
May I know your age & gender.
User :   female/31
Doctor :  
Do you have cough?
User :   no
Doctor :  
Have you ever had such apain before?
User :   not in my chest, that I can remember
Doctor :  
Is it restricted only to below the left breast?
User :   yes
Doctor :  
Could you give me a description
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of the type of
Doctor :  
pain? Is it burning
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type or dull ache?
User :   it feels like Im being stabbed. Its a sharp pain that takes my breath away
Doctor :  
Does it radiate to
Doctor :  
the back?
User :   its a sudden sharp pain
User :   so far it has stayed in the same spot
User :   (the pain)
Doctor :  
Do you have any other symptoms?
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Any other medical problems?
User :   maybe a headache but I dont know if thats connected
User :   no, no other medical problems
Doctor :  
Are you married?
User :   yes
Doctor :  
Do you have children?
User :   no children
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Are your periods regular & fine?
User :   yes
Doctor :  
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How long does the pain last
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& are there any aggravating or
User :   maybe a few seconds
Doctor :  
relieving factors?
User :   if I hold my breath, it helps stop it from hurting temporarily
User :   It has been bothering me all day but now its not so bad
Doctor :  
Does it increase/decrease on deep breathe?
User :   increase for sure
User :   Earlier i couldnt laugh, take deep breaths, or even bend over w/ out it hurting
Doctor :   Do you think it has any connection with food intake/meal?
User :   It seems like since I ate, it hasnt been hurting
Doctor :   OK, your symptom which aggravates on cough etc, suggests that it is of
User :   do you think I should go to the ER?>
Doctor :  
musculoskeletal origin
User :   ok
Doctor :  
rather than the heart or lung disease
User :   oh good
Doctor :  
In case you get breathlessness or cough then
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you need to visit ER
User :   ok thank you!
Doctor :  
as then it couuld be them
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