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Recurring chest pain usually after smoking - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   I have a recurrentpain in m y right lung, in a middle
it s not going away and is more expressive at nights
wha tis it?
Doctor :   hello
User :   hi
Doctor :   i am Dr XXXi here
Doctor :   can you tell me your age and gender please ?
User :   28m
Doctor :   since how long have you had this pain ?
User :   like 5 days, last time when i smoked a joint
Doctor :   is the pain constant ?
Doctor :   or does it comes and goes ?
User :   no, it s here for 5 -10 min, then it goes away
User :   and comes back sometime later
User :   like a pulsing pain
Doctor :   does it comes only when you smoke ?
User :   mostly, though i dont smoke regularly, just oocasional, i hadnt smoke for a month, and no pain, i smoked 5 days ago, the same pain ( i used to have this before when i was smoking regularly) came back
User :   i wonder if i should get an XR or i m affrai dif it s a cancer type of thing...
Doctor :   ok the most common cause of this it that the smoke that is causing irritation to the lining of your lung , which is called as a pleura
Doctor :   does the pain increases or decreases when you breath
User :   not really
User :   right now it went away
User :   but i had it for half an hour
Doctor :   it can cause permanent damage to it,so you have to stop smoking
User :   even occasional?
User :   like once every two weeks or so?
Doctor :   an X ray is always a good idea to see if any damage as been done or not ?
User :   i had one about 6month ago, they didnt see anything, but since then i smoked and stuf, so may bve i should get an xr whatsoever
Doctor :   yes even occasional .see not every person can tolerate the smoke in the same way . your pleura might be more sensitive to it
User :   i always freek out, thinking it s lung cancer
Doctor :   have you gained or lost weight recently ?
User :   no
User :   same
Doctor :   do you have have any problem breathing ?
User :   no
Doctor :   \any shortness of breath?
Doctor :   the chances if it being a cancer are very very low .
User :   i used to hhave shortness of breath before, but o dont have it now
Doctor :   cancer will not present as a pain in your lung
Doctor :   any cough ?
User :   oh
User :   no caugh, just occasional
Doctor :   ok my advice to you
Doctor :   please stop smoking and do get an x ray done
Doctor :   it might not be cancer but it can be lung infection
Doctor :   and if we find it early we can cure it early
Doctor :   by just plain antibiotics
Doctor :   hope you understand what i am telling you
User :   sure
User :   thanks doctor
Doctor :   no problem
Doctor :   take care of your self
User :   i needed to ehar from a profesional
User :   have a nice evening
Doctor :   you need not worry
User :   thanks :)
Doctor :   your welcome
Doctor :   bye
User :   bye
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