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62 years old, difficulty breathing, sharp pain in lower right rib area. History of COPD, high BP, smoker, alcoholic, drug use. Causes and treatment?

my father is 62 years old and having trouble breathing due to a sharp pain in his lower right rib area. he has COPD and a previous history of drug, alcohol and cigarette use (hes still a smoker) he also has high blood pressure . he doesnt have health insurance or medicare and is avoiding going to the doctor because of that.... is there any advice you could give?
Asked On : Thu, 12 Jul 2012
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hello morningstar382

thanks for choosing our forum

i have read your problem and i would advice you to consult a pulmonologist at the earliest. i would recommend you to get an evaluation for lung carcinoma for your father as his age, lifestyle habits and symptoms are in favor of carcinoma. also get an ultrasound abdomen to look for state of liver for alcohol related disease or features suggestive of malignancy.

i would recommend you not to delay this further.
wishing your father a good health and success

Dr. Gurpreet Narula
Answered: Sat, 14 Jul 2012
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