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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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Very Good Posted in: Lung and Chest disorders
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Doctor :   Hi
User :   hi
User :   For the past two weeks ive been getting a really bad pain in my left abdomen around my rib cage at anywhere from 6pm to 8pm everynight. around this time it also becomes difficult for me to breathe. is this an emergency? im 18, female, overweight and smoke.
Doctor :   Do you have any other symptoms like fever,cough,expectoration?
User :   no just those two
Doctor :   Ok ,
Doctor :   How about heaviness in breath?
User :   when i have the pain its hard to breathe like i cant even talk without losing my breath but other than that no
Doctor :   Ok its only on one side of the chest , right?
User :   the pain?
Doctor :   yeah
User :   ive also recently started using an electric ciggarette but still smoking three to four ciggarettes a day if that helps any. but i didnt mean around my rib cage i meant the pain is under my rib cage, sorry and yeah its only on my left side
Doctor :   I feel you need to get a X-ray(radiograph) Chest done to rule out any infection.
User :   my mom thinks its just gas, could this be the case?
Doctor :   Usually if the pain is intermittent and kicking up, i mean putting pressure on your thorax, it might be
User :   what is a thorax? sorry :/
Doctor :   The differential diagnosis can be gastric acidity, lung infection
Doctor :   Ok
User :   sorry, i didnt know...
User :   is this an emergency? that was my question in the first place..
Doctor :   Yeah , very much
Doctor :   As you have been having ot since the past two weeks,
Doctor :   I suggest that you need to get it diagnosed sooner.
Doctor :   Gastritis from the acute phase may land up in chronic
Doctor :   which becomes more complicated if you smoke, or have irregular dietary habbits.
Doctor :   You need to take lots of veggies,fruits,juices.
User :   also my mom had esophagitis and said she had similar symptoms is this also a posibility??
Doctor :   And as it is winter if it is a lung infection,there is every chance of complication very easily.
Doctor :   So, you have a family history of hyperacidity like symptoms.
Doctor :   So you need to be pre-cautious.
User :   would you suggest emergency room? or doctors? i
User :   i have to work all day tomorrow and i dont know if it would be good for me to if its serous
Doctor :   I suggest a primary first, who would run through simple tests like CBC,RADIOGRAPH CHEST
User :   serious*
User :   should i work tomorrow? or is it that serious, i move around a lot in my job
Doctor :   And apart from that physical examination would rule out any other problem.
Doctor :   I feel you need to take a consultation tomorrow.
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