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Measures to control chest and shoulder pain - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   I had severe pain in the right chest and left shoulder few days back. Is it something serious?
Doctor :   Hi
User :   Hello doctor.
Doctor :   May I know your age and gender?
User :   male, 22yrs
Doctor :   Are you still having this problem?
User :   no.
Doctor :   Can you describe the type of pain that you had?
User :   I had few times earlier.
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   For how long did you have this pain?
Doctor :   Did breathing/coughing increase the severity of pain?
User :   one day I was totally affected. in some times it went low in that day.
User :   nothing like that.
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Were you suffering from fever, cough?
User :   no.
User :   while lying also pain was there.
Doctor :   Can you describe the type of pain you had - dull ache, pricking sensation, cramping type, burning type of pain?
User :   I feel it was like a pricking
Doctor :   Ok
User :   can be a dull also
Doctor :   Do you smoke or consume alcohol?
User :   no.
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Let me explain to you.
User :   ok
Doctor :   Based on your description, the pain you have is not classical of a heart related or lung related problem.
User :   ok
Doctor :   The symptom that you have are probably a muscular pain or secondary to anxiety and stress.
Doctor :   Such symptoms are treated by
Doctor :   1. Adequate rest
Doctor :   2. Analgesics - such as Tab Dolo 650mg or Tab Ibuprofen 400mg one tablet whenever there is severe pain
Doctor :   3. Avoiding exertion
Doctor :   4. Restricting spicy food, caffeine consumption
User :   ok
Doctor :   5. Syp Gelusil/Syp Mucaine gel 1 teaspoon before the meals
Doctor :   These measures should be able to control the pain.
User :   ok
Doctor :   To prevent the pain, you will need lifestyle modifications that include
Doctor :   1. Regular sleep and regular meals
Doctor :   2. Avoiding spicy and oily diet
Doctor :   3. Physical exercise, relaxation techniques and proper stressmanagement
Doctor :   Lastly,
Doctor :   the symptoms does not appear like a serious concern.
Doctor :   However, you will need to watch out for few symptoms
Doctor :   Those symptoms include abdominal pain, chest pain with breathing discomfort, profuse sweating, palpitations,
Doctor :   persistent cough, fever, recurrent vomiting and so on.
Doctor :   If you develop any symptoms along with this pain,
Doctor :   you will need to see a doctor.
Doctor :   Xray's, cardiac evaluation and upper GI endoscopy may be necessary then.
Doctor :   Have you followed what I have suggested?
User :   yes.
Doctor :   Do you have any other query?\
User :   Yes. am 6 feet tall and have weight 62kg.
Doctor :   Ok
User :   any problem.?
Doctor :   Your BMI is just under normal.
Doctor :   That is 18.5.
Doctor :   So you are just there, with regards to your weight.
User :   should I increase the weight. I look thin.
Doctor :   Yes, you need to increase your weight.
User :   what to do for that?
Doctor :   For your height a weight of 70 to 75 kgs is recommended.
User :   ok.
Doctor :   Weight gain is possible with a proper nutrition.
User :   can you please guide me on that.
Doctor :   You will need to include high protein diet such as wheat components, dhal, eggs, meat(white meat preferrably).
Doctor :   You can use protein supplement such as Ensure protein supplement
Doctor :   Or Resource high protein supplements.
Doctor :   You can also use high protein biscuits such as triptin biscuits.
Doctor :   This should help you in gaining weight.
Doctor :   Hope it is clear.
Doctor :   Do you have any other query?
Doctor :   Are you there?
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