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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   I am having left arm pain for almost 2 weeks am I going to have a heart attack?
Doctor :   Hello.
User :   hi
Doctor :   Can you rate the pain form 1 to 10, 10 being the maximum pain
User :   its not to bad like maybe a 4 but i also take oxycodone for chronic pelvic pain so i am a little worried that it may be masking it some?
Doctor :   Ok.
Doctor :   Please give your Age, Gender, Location, Occupation, Marital status, Height, Weight
User :   I have been to the ER 2 times in less then a week and had some test done at my cardio office blood, stress test, ekg and had an ech yesterday but dont know results yet
User :   28 female payroll clerk married 5 3 207 pounds
Doctor :   Ok.
Doctor :   Is the pain only in arm or it radiates?
User :   its mostly my left but i have sometimes in poth arms my chest hurts only sometimes and in between my shoulder blades I also have been feeling like I need to yawn just to get a decent breath
Doctor :   Ok.
Doctor :   Is this the first time your are facing this problem?
User :   yes
Doctor :   OK.
Doctor :   Do you have any other associated symptoms?
User :   no thats all
Doctor :   Ok.
Doctor :   Did you remember any injury to your arm recently?
User :   nope not at all i just recall 2 fridays ago my left arm just started hurting me really bad and its never left
Doctor :   Ok.
Doctor :   Is the pain present constantly? or any variations are there?
User :   there are variations, its there mostly but sometimes it does come and go also there are times it feels really heavy and tired strange right
Doctor :   Ok.
Doctor :   Can you describe the pain? is it pricking, stabbing, burning, etc?
User :   its more like aching pain
Doctor :   Ok.
User :   dull
Doctor :   Ok.
Doctor :   Did you lift or tried to pull any heavy objects recently?
User :   no
Doctor :   Ok.
Doctor :   Since when are you taking oxycodone? how often?
User :   i been taking it for about 7 months and 3 times a day 15mg i think its to much
Doctor :   Ok.
Doctor :   Do you have any breathing difficulty? either at rest or on exertion?
User :   well i feel as though i need to yawn to catch my breath so i would have to say yes
Doctor :   Ok.
User :   that happened while taking the stress test, i could not breath either but the doc did not say anything
Doctor :   Are able to do normal activities?
Doctor :   'you
User :   yes i really dont excercise so i tire easy i am on the way to trying to do more since i am concerned i want to live a more healthy life
Doctor :   Ok
User :   he said the stress test looked good are those pretty accurate?
Doctor :   that is more of a acclimitization problem
User :   I dont understand what that mean
Doctor :   Yes, stress test is quite reliable
Doctor :   as if there are any heart problems
Doctor :   then it does show up when heart is strained
Doctor :   during exercise
Doctor :   acclimatisation means adaptation to activity
User :   oh ok
Doctor :   tolerance of exercise in simple words
User :   I am just really worried as I have 2 kids young i too am young
Doctor :   Ok, you should be reassured
Doctor :   that the stress test is good
User :   heart disease runs bad on my fathers side both he and his father both died 50 and 51 of heart realted issues
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   that does mean you should be more cautious about your heart health
Doctor :   but not stressed because of that
Doctor :   you should have a regular cardiac screening
User :   yes, i am trying to eat better excersise and smoke, i have cut way down and am going to stop cold
Doctor :   atleast once in a year
Doctor :   to detect if there is any problem
Doctor :   for exclusion of heart issue or for an early diagnosis
User :   I already have SVT and have had HBP
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Are you on any medications for that?
User :   I use to take Toprol but last year I lost 38 pounds and doc took me iff
User :   off sorry
User :   my BP is normal now i think the oxycodone is bringing it down too
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Oxycodone, since when are you on that?
User :   For about 7 months now
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Till when are you prescribed with it?
User :   I dont know, I had bad pid infection hospital for 7 days had surgeory not fix the pain so now hystercotomy if hormone supression does not work
User :   So do you think is my heart?
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Heart problem is not evident as of now
Doctor :   When are you getting the reports?
User :   Friday just for the Echo, he told me so far all is looked good
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   That is fine
User :   All else sorry
Doctor :   Echo does show abnormalities
Doctor :   if significant
User :   And stress test would have showed if i was going to have heart attack
Doctor :   Right
Doctor :   It would have showed abnormalities
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