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Pain on right side at base of ribcage; pain low

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Posted on Sat, 23 Mar 2019
Question: Pain on right side at base of ribcage; pain low on right side of neck (those pains seem connected to each other, worse when I breathe. Some shortness of breath. Am I having a heart attack? Should I go to the nearest emergency room? It was all worse a few minutes ago and I took a couple of tums and Gas-Ex, which helped, but the pain is not completely gone.
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Answered by Dr. Ilir Sharka (16 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
I would recommend as follows:

Detailed Answer:
Hello!

Welcome and thank you for being on 'Ask A Doctor' service!

I understand your concern and would explain that your symptoms are not typical of a cardiac disorder.

A musculoskeletal pain seems to be the cause, as your symptoms are triggered by deep breathing.

For this reason, I'd recommend taking Acetaminophen 500mg and Omeprazole 40mg.

If your situation does not improve in the next 30 minutes, I would recommend going to the ER for a physical exam, a resting ECG and cardiac enzymes to be done to exclude any cardiac disorders.

Hope you will find this answer helpful!

Let me know about everything in case of any further questions!

Kind regards,

Dr.Ilir Sharka, Cardiologist


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Pain on right side at base of ribcage; pain low

Brief Answer: I would recommend as follows: Detailed Answer: Hello! Welcome and thank you for being on 'Ask A Doctor' service! I understand your concern and would explain that your symptoms are not typical of a cardiac disorder. A musculoskeletal pain seems to be the cause, as your symptoms are triggered by deep breathing. For this reason, I'd recommend taking Acetaminophen 500mg and Omeprazole 40mg. If your situation does not improve in the next 30 minutes, I would recommend going to the ER for a physical exam, a resting ECG and cardiac enzymes to be done to exclude any cardiac disorders. Hope you will find this answer helpful! Let me know about everything in case of any further questions! Kind regards, Dr.Ilir Sharka, Cardiologist