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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   I have had a throbbing pain on the left side of my back around the middle. Yesterday it started moving to my right breast. I now have pain on the back and on the lower end of my breast and to the side. Should I be worried? I have made an appointment for tomorrow to see a doctor.
Doctor :   Hi
User :   hello
Doctor :   let me read ur query
User :   k
Doctor :   may i know your age ?
User :   34
Doctor :   and a few details of the type of pain and what may have triggered it ?
Doctor :   do u have any rash, fever , shortness of breath , cough etc ?
User :   I don't know what triggered it. All I know is that I started having the pain on my back a few days ago. I didn't carry anything heavy. It almost feels like it is coming from the inside. No cough, fever
Doctor :   ok
User :   it's not constant, just every now and then it feels like someone is pushing there knuckle on my back and when my husband goes to feel my back, it hurts just to touch the area lightly.
Doctor :   it could be a muscle spasm or plainly a superficial pain and may not be serious if u dont have any other symptoms that affect ur daily routine activities
Doctor :   so u mean , touching the area, increases the pain?
User :   yes, I now feel another pain on the lower end of my right breast
Doctor :   so do u have the pain in the particular strectch of skin on either side ?
Doctor :   any weakness, dizziness , etc ?
User :   no
Doctor :   has the pain reduced by any pain killers ?
Doctor :   have u tried any?
User :   no, I tried an icey/hot patch about two days ago and that didn''t work. It felt worse
Doctor :   is there any color change to red , or purple ?
Doctor :   any itching ?
User :   no, my mother says it looks a little red, but that's it.
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   it could be a skin inflammation or herpes zoster (in early stages) which appears in the pattern mentioned by you
User :   Yes there is itching on the back. The pain is located where the bottom bra strap meets the skin on both back and front.
Doctor :   ok
User :   I have even went as far as buy new bras
Doctor :   in that case, it could be just patterned contusion due to pressure of the bra strips
User :   but why has it just happened now?
User :   what is herpes zoster?
Doctor :   or a fungal infection that occurs due to collection of moisture between skin folds while wearing a bra
Doctor :   herpes is a reactivation of a virus that usually is seen initially as chicken pox in teenage
Doctor :   its harmless , but only side effect is that it can cause on and off pain in the affected area
Doctor :   in case of herpes, u may need some antiviral medications for a few days to reduce the severity
User :   Thank you. I appreciate your help. Hopefully, tomorrow that doctor will have good news for me.
Doctor :   in case of a fungal infection, u may need a prescription cream that u apply locally
Doctor :   once your doc, examines u, he will have agood idea what it could be
User :   thanks
Doctor :   u r welcome
Doctor :   please leave ur feedback as u log out
User :   k
Doctor :   thanks for consulting me here
Doctor :   bye for now and hope u get well soon
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