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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   I was told I had a sinus infection yesterday and given antibiotics. I took one and went straight to bed. In the middle of the night I awoke with chest pains that kept waking me. They feel like cramps and have been going on all day today. they are mild to severe in pain. Should I go to the ER?
Doctor :   Hi Dr here
User :   hello
Doctor :   do u have any cough, breathing issues ?
User :   no cough but shortness of breath when i get up to walk around, also feel lightheaded.
Doctor :   do u have any wheezing ?
User :   no
Doctor :   CAN u describe the chest pain, its location, and does it increase with breathing ?
User :   i can feel it coming and feels like squeezing sometimes it is very strong only last about 5 seconds.
User :   there is sometimes long time between them then they come consistantly one after the other.
User :   it is right between my breast and my breathing does get labored. best I can describe is contractions in my chest
Doctor :   so do u have discfort while breathing ?
Doctor :   doe the pain increase when u take a deep breath ?
User :   it only hurts to breath during the pain and yes it hurts more if I take a deep breath while in pain.
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   do u ahve any fever, nasal blocks, ?
User :   but breath without pain otherwise
User :   running a fever of 103 yesterday and very congested
User :   low grade today of 100
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   I guess that youmay be haiving a lung infection due to bacteria
Doctor :   called Pneumonitis or pneumonia
User :   I was prescribed amoxicillan for 10 day.
User :   should this take care of it
Doctor :   You will benefit by a chest X ray to rule out deeper spread
Doctor :   how many days back were u prescribed this medicine ??
User :   10 days have to take one pill twice a day
Doctor :   no, when were u given this prescription
User :   yesterday, i have only taken 2
Doctor :   ok ,
Doctor :   it will take some time , 2-3 days for u to see an improvement
User :   the pain started after I took first pill could it be a side effect?
Doctor :   no,
User :   I've never had a sinus infection or this type of pain.
Doctor :   this could be the normal course of the condition
Doctor :   what youcan do , is , if u feel that your symptoms are worsening, then u can go to THE ER, and get evalauted and get an Xray fo the chest done
User :   thank you, I will return to the clinic before they close. I appreciate your help.
User :   so prescription will not take care of pnemonia? just to be clear
Doctor :   you are welcome
Doctor :   getting the xray will help you to detect any worsening, that may need IV antibiotics and further care
User :   thanks again.
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