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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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Doctor :   How may i help you today?
User :   hi there
User :   I am only 19 years old and for the last week or two i have been experiencing pain on the left side of my chest that comes and goes. also my stomach beats like a heart. i can feel it and see it but this also goes away. and i also feel like it cramps or something on the lower part of my abdomen. please advise if i need immediate medical attention and what i might be dealing with
Doctor :   let me red your query.
Doctor :   may i know your height , weight ?
User :   5'7 135lbs
Doctor :   Do you have any shortness of breath, ?
Doctor :   Describe your chest pain, does it come on when you play, or while at rest? does it increase when you breathe in?
User :   i do not have shortness of breath
User :   i am not very active either though
User :   it just randomly comes and goes but it is a mild pain nothing sharp or strong though
User :   so i guess it comes while at rest
Doctor :   any fever, cough, running nose, etc?
Doctor :   what were you doing when the pain arose the first time around?
User :   NO FEVER
User :   nothing but i am a smoker
User :   for 2 years now
User :   and i cough sometimes
Doctor :   have you had any of your friends with similar symptoms ?
Doctor :   Do you have the symptoms even now ?
Doctor :   If YOU HAVE such symptoms, which are intolerable, i will advise you to see your physician, who will advice you a CHEST X ray, WHICH will rule out any serious conditions
User :   my friends do not have have similar symptoms that i know about
User :   right now i am feeling ok i do not have chest pains
User :   but like i said earlier sometimes my stomach beats like a heart too
User :   usually after i eat
Doctor :   Some times, pricking type of pain in the chest, can cause anxiety, and since you are young , the heart beat can be felt in your upper abdomen.
Doctor :   this is normal in some young adults, and not a cause of worry.
Doctor :   HOW is your appetite? Do you have any nausea, vomiting, heart burn ?
User :   no vomiting and no heart burn
User :   what is nause?
Doctor :   are your bowel movements normal ?
Doctor :   nausea = feeling like to throw up, but not actual vomiting.
User :   no i do not have any nausea then
User :   my appetite is ok i mean it used to be better when i was a non smoker
Doctor :   then, I find NO reason, that you should worry about.
Doctor :   But I would advise you, to quit smoking before it becomes a addicted habit, and it may become difficult for you to quit later.
User :   ok i do plan on quitting soon
Doctor :   smoking reduces the appetite, and once you quit smoking, your appetite will become normal.
User :   another couple questions though
User :   why do you think i have mild chest pain that comes and goes?
User :   its only started to happen lately
Doctor :   try Mylanta OR pepcid - AFTER meals to relieve any acidity related problems
Doctor :   Sometimes GERD (gastro esophageal reflux disorder) can present as the way u have presented.
Doctor :   use Mylanta or pepcid, as & when you have such pain ,
User :   ok
User :   as for bowel movements sometimes i have diarhhea
User :   but other then that it is normal
Doctor :   yes, i feel you are normal, as you don't seem to have other danger symptoms of pneumonia etc.
Doctor :   But if the pain is severe, then i suggest you to visit the ER for any Xray CHEST , to rule out other serious conditions as well.
User :   ok
Doctor :   Occasional diarrhea, due to dietary reasons is ok, unless its is too much severe.
Doctor :   Do you have any other questions?User :   yes actually
User :   why does my stomach beat like a heart sometimes
User :   it has only been doing that lately
User :   usually after i eat
Doctor :   ACCORDING to your weight, and height, i feel you have a lean built, is that right?
Doctor :   After eating, the circulation to your stomach increases and the contractions of the stomach increase to digest your food, So you may feel that your stomach is heavy.
User :   yes i am a lean weight
User :   built sorry
User :   but i jus
Doctor :   At such time, the contractions of your heart are transmitted via the stomach wall , and you feel that your stomach is beating.
User :   just dont know why it has been doing that lately. it never used to
Doctor :   this is completely normal in youngsters like yourself.
Doctor :   Does this feeling last all day , or only a few hrs after having food?
User :   only few hours after having food
User :   so a lot of the time because i eat usually 3 to 5 times a day
Doctor :   then as i said, earlier, you have nothing to worry about.
Doctor :   PLEASE REST ASSURED , that you are in complete perfect health. and your discomfort will be solved by using mylanta or pepcid.
User :   ok but i do not need that for the rest of my life right
Doctor :   If NOT, you may try prilosec (omeprazole 20 mg) ONCE daily for a week or two.
Doctor :   no over the time, as you grow, this will resolve by itself.
User :   ok
Doctor :   Also, once you are mentally confident that this is nothing to worry about, you will not feel a thing.
User :   last question
Doctor :   please proceed
User :   i have also been feeling that my lower abdomen part of my body cramps or feels like it
User :   what do you think this could be
User :   this has also been only happening lately
Doctor :   are you on any medications, etc?
Doctor :   YOU there ?
User :   i was taking vitamins for a little bit
User :   and protein
Doctor :   ok
User :   but i think i took too much and i felt really sick for a few days so i stopped
User :   this was like 3 weeks ago
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   I dont see any reason for you to be worried, at all.
Doctor :   as these are minor benign symptoms.
Doctor :   i would advise, you to work out and exercise so that you can have a stronger body.
Doctor :   A weak lean, body, will find even physiological activities of the body as harmful and percieve it to be something abnormal.
Doctor :   So as such, there is nothing to worry about, right now.
Doctor :   Do you have any more query for me?
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