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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   Hello I have had a few things the last few weeks. The cut on my knuckle will not heal and has been very itchy all around it had it for 3 weeks. To top that I had a tender lump under my arm a week later which came and then went, then I got a cold which came this week and went in 24 hours and now when I breathe out, or turn on that side to sleep I have a sharp pain under my right rib cage, please can you help me with the latter, the pain is worse today, but I do feel alot better now the cold has gone however.
Thank you so much and sorry to complain such a lot about nothing!!!Will not go to the doctors unless it is absolutely essential I believe the body can heal itself given time.
Doctor :   hello
Doctor :   give me moment please
Doctor :   let me read your query
Doctor :   may i know your age and gender please ?
User :   hello my age is 48 and I am female
Doctor :   do you have anyother medical condition ?
User :   No I don't have anything wrong with me
Doctor :   no diabetes or high blood pressure ?
Doctor :   so the cut still has not healed?
User :   No
Doctor :   are you taking any medications ?
User :   No
Doctor :   ok any wound that takes a longer time to heal we usually suspect diabetes as a main cause
Doctor :   when was your last blood work done ?
User :   I have not had one
Doctor :   ok to begin with you need to get that done
User :   ok I will get that done
Doctor :   till then keep it clean
User :   Okay I will
Doctor :   are you putting anything on it ?
User :   aloe gel
Doctor :   you can apply some neosporin powder to prevent infection
User :   Okay I will get some tomorrow
Doctor :   now your chest problem is still there and getting worst right ?
User :   yes, but not unbearable
Doctor :   any fever ?
Doctor :   cough ?
User :   No I feel very well now after the cold
Doctor :   any chest pain after a bout of cold indicates a lung infection
Doctor :   for which an X ray should be done
Doctor :   dont worry its nothing serious BUT you do need a antibiotic course
User :   ok
Doctor :   so you need a sugar screening test and a X RAY
Doctor :   are you in good health otherwise ?
User :   yes apart from my left eye getting intermittently defocused
Doctor :   do you have any problem adjusting to the room temperature
User :   if its too hot, yes, but not if its too cold
Doctor :   ok now this is what you need to do
Doctor :   you need to get your sugar tested and then the same blood work should be done to check for THYROD problem
Doctor :   and then also the x ray
User :   Okay I will make a note of this and get it done, thank you
Doctor :   all these once done will give us a complete picture what is wrong
Doctor :   and then you can be treated accordingly
Doctor :   your most welcome, like i said dont worry it more like a regular chest infection which the antibiotics will take care of
User :   yes thank you for your help Doctor
Doctor :   your most welcome ,
Doctor :   your feed back is appreciated
Doctor :   take care
Doctor :   good bye
User :   goodbye
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