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What causes a severe backache and breathlessness despite being on Advil?

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Dr. Ilir Sharka


Practicing since :2001

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Posted on Tue, 30 Oct 2018 in Medicines and Side Effects
Question: This is for 22 year old daughter she woke up last night with severe back pain and has not done any workouts or any kind of injury. She took a 3 advil last night but also notice she had a heavy chest with trouble breathing. she had trouble sleeping. This morning her back felt a little better but still sore so she took another 2 advil but more importantly she still felt like she couldn't get a good breath and her chest was heavy. She is a work and was able to drive to work but still feel really sore
Answered by Dr. Ilir Sharka 11 minutes later
Brief Answer:

I would recommend as follows:

Detailed Answer:


I passed carefully through your question and would explain that your daughter symptoms could be related to a viral infection or inflammation.

For this reason, I would recommend consulting with her attending physician for a physical exam and some tests:

- a chest X-ray study
- a complete blood count, PCR, ESR for inflammation.

Meanwhile, I would recommend having some rest and taking Ibuprofen for the pain, as it can help also against inflammation.

Hope I have answered your query.

Take care

Dr Ilir Sharka, Cardiologist
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