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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   I am a 23 year old female. Healthy for the most part but I do have asthma and had this since I was 6 years old. I am on the following medicines: singulair 10mg 1x a day, foradil inahlor 1 puff 2x a day, flovent inhalor 1puff 2x a day, xanax 25mg as needed, albuteral inhalor as needed, and orthotricylclin. I recently started taking lexapro 5mg and a nasal spray both about a week ago . I was in the ER twice with pneumonia over the past month and on 3 different antiboitics which I ended the last one about a week ago. I still feel the raspiness on my right side where the pneumonia was/is. I'm under a lot of anxiety and stress right now because in the past month I graduated from college, got married and moved 500 miles from my family and friends. My husband is a professor and is gone most of the day and I am unemployed currently. That is my history and my problem now is: I have pain under and behind my left breast as well as round to the side (opposite of my heart). I got this pain after eating spicy foods last night. I'm not sure if this is anxiety related, or something else. I was just wondering what you thought.
Doctor :   Hi,
Doctor :   Dr xxxx here
User :   Hi! Sorry for such a long post, I just wanted to give you my medical history.
Doctor :   Please give me some time read your post
Doctor :   thats very good, more information more help i can offer
User :   Thank you, also I just wanted to add (i'm worried this could be heart related) but when I was in the ER for pneumonia they did and EKG and everything came back normal.
Doctor :   ok,
Doctor :   Shall i ask you somemore details to help you well ?
User :   Sure
Doctor :   does the pain in the chest radiate to the left arm or neck ?
User :   A little bit to my shoulder but not really the arm or neck
Doctor :   did you ever had such episodes in past ?
User :   No, on the other side on my right side I have but they checked my gall bladder and everything on that side and it was normal. They said it was just the pneumonia.
Doctor :   can you brief the relation between the pain and food intake ?
Doctor :   ya, pneumonia can present with chest pain sometimes.
User :   I felt this pain right after I had spicy food last night. So I took some antacid and it seemed to help a little bit. I haven't eaten much today and it's back. I was looking online and saw that it could be an ulcer but I also read that ulcers don't appear because of anxiety. That'd be the only thing I could think of if I had one.
User :   I have had loss of appetite and weight loss in the past month but I was pretty sick with the pneumonia and from being on so many antibiotics I thought it was from that. I was on Augmenten, Levaquin and Zithromax.
Doctor :   do not go on the internet, the stress and anxiety will be one o the major trigger for hyper acidity and gastric ulceration
User :   oh okay, do you think it could be just from the anxiety? it's been really hard with moving so far away from everyone and not knowing anyone here. that's why i started taking xanax as needed and lexapro recently.
Doctor :   yes thats right, the stress and anxiety of starting a new life, all the antibiotics mentioned and the illnesses all together will surely create increase production of acid in stomach which is the cause of pain
User :   okay, is it normal that it's on the left side near my heart?
User :   sorry for asking so many questions, feeling this way makes my anxiety worse unfortunately
Doctor :   yes, you may need xanax and lespro
Doctor :   but see to that you do not overdose or addict yourself
User :   yeah that's what im trying to avoid i know xanax is very addictive
User :   i think once the lexapro really starts to help after a few weeks i wont need the other
Doctor :   hence , i conclude the pain in the chest is clearly due to the gastritis, nothing related to heart
User :   okay thank you very much for your help
Doctor :   thats right
Doctor :   but lexpro i one which can affect the respiration which is already at stake in you
Doctor :   just be careful in consuming often
User :   i will, my dr wants me to take 5mg a day for 2 weeks then go up to 10mg do you think thats okay?
Doctor :   and on the other hand due to the stress situations you going thro you may have attacks of palpitation which is really normal and need not worry
User :   yeah my heart rate gets really high at times with the anxiety, its normally a little higher anyway with all the inhalors and everything for asthma
Doctor :   thats fine , its ok till 10mg more than that my be affecting, gradual rising dosage is also good
User :   okay thank you
Doctor :   ya, and the inhalers like, foradil and albuteral are known to rise the heart rate , hence do not worry about the pulse rate if more
Doctor :   is there anything i can help you with ?
User :   No that is all. Thank you so much for all of your help.
Doctor :   thanks for consulting me, kindly provide your valuable feedback
Doctor :   Bye for now
User :   I will :) thank you again byebye
Doctor :   take care
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