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Shoulder and chest pain with infection in lungs - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   Ive had a really bad cough and sore throat for the past month, but during this week its got worse and worse, and now im gettin really tight pains in my chest and right shoulder blade everytime i breathe, and also struggling to eat and drink, what shall i do? and what can it be?
Doctor :   Hi,
Doctor :   Dr xxx here
User :   hi
Doctor :   Have you consulted your GP ?
User :   I went in about 2 3 weeks ago and they give me some antibiotics but it hasnt done anything and its getting worse
Doctor :   ok, It was the viral flu you hve got before which has reduced the local immunity in the lungs leading to a bacterial infection in there
Doctor :   Now , you have to get an chest Xray to see the extent of the involvement in the lungs and a sputum culture and sensitivity test so that you can be put on exact antibiotics
User :   Okay, so how come im gettin chest and shoulder pain when i breathe?
Doctor :   that is due to the infection in the lungs
Doctor :   there are interconnecting tissue from the lungs to the chest wall
Doctor :   leading to the pain
User :   is it dangerous?
Doctor :   No,
Doctor :   But have to get treated soon
User :   What will they do?
User :   would i be best going straight to my doctor or the hospital?
Doctor :   better to a hospital and to a pulmonologist
User :   okay
Doctor :   Is there anything i can help you with ?
User :   yes actually
Doctor :   please proceed
User :   also i coughed up blood, would that be due to coughin to much and bursting a blood vessel?
Doctor :   How much blood did you cough at once and how many times did it happen ?
User :   its happened twice n it was in sick, and some bits of the blood were darker
Doctor :   could be due to a broken vessel or even from the infection wound in the lung
Doctor :   Xray will help in knowing the exact site of bleeding
User :   Okay
User :   im just worried, because i felt a bit faint and dizzy earlier, and now the pains in my chest and shoulder, and feeling a bit achy
Doctor :   these are common symptoms in this problem
User :   okay
User :   okay
User :   Okay
User :   what about lump on the neck~?
User :   what about a lump on the side of my neck?
User :   .
Doctor :   Is there anything i can help you with ?
User :   ok
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