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Cause of chest pain with shortness of breath, smoking addiction - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   my husband came home last night with sharp pain near his right rib cage and then he said he had short breath? it was painful for him to move, he wanted to cry from the pain. however today he says its just sore.. any ideas? hes 21 years old, 6'4" and 200lbs and is a smoker
User :   ?
Doctor :   HI
Doctor :   Dr XXX here
User :   hello
Doctor :   Let me read your query
User :   r u still there?
Doctor :   yes
Doctor :   Is this the first time he had this problem?
User :   yes
Doctor :   Do he has fever?
User :   no
Doctor :   Does the pain occur during breathin in?
User :   yes
Doctor :   What is the grade of pain over a scale of 1 to 10?
User :   he says an 8
User :   but now about a 3
Doctor :   When did it occur last time? How long was the pain?
User :   last night, all night until this morning around 11am
User :   thats when he said it just feels a bit sore
Doctor :   I would advice to get few tests done after physical examination with a doctor
Doctor :   At this time I could think of few possibilities
Doctor :   Infection of the pleura
Doctor :   of the lung
Doctor :   Smoking
Doctor :   Muscular pain is the other possibility
Doctor :   Are you sure he is not hurt?
User :   i asked him if he was hurt in any way and no he isnt
Doctor :   He requires a simple examination with a sthetescope, a chest Xray
Doctor :   and few bloood tests
User :   if it is an infection, how is it treated?
User :   with antibiotics?
Doctor :   Yes
User :   ok doctor thank you for your help!
Doctor :   and cause intense pain
Doctor :   Smoking can usually cause the two coverings of pleura to rub each other more often
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