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Have fever, sore throat, painful body and fatigued; asthmatic, breast is painful. Smoking affects?

I am a 25 year old female I have smoked cigarettes since I was in high school on and off. I have also had asthma since I was a small child. I recently just got over a bad head cold, fever, cough , sore throat , aches and pains, fatigue etc. The only symptom that I just could not shake was a horrible hacking cough, however that did go away eventually. But not long after that I started experiencing chest pains on my left side right under my breast. It mildly hurts all the time in that concentrated place but when I take deep breaths, cough, sneeze , lay down, bend or strain my upper body it s almost unbearable. It also worsens after I smoke a cigarette. Any thoughts for me? Could this be from my smoking? I did cut back on my smoking but have not been to the doctor yet because I just can t afford it right now. Please help
Mon, 28 Jan 2013
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Hi Starlett,
Thanks for writing your query.

The symptoms you have mentioned are due to respiratory tract infection.
Pain in chest can be due to muscle spasm due to excessive coughing.

You should get yourself examined by a physician and get yourself investigated for :-
1. Complete Blood Count
2. Chest X-Ray (PA view)
3. Sputum examination

You can take antihistaminic like Fenofexadine 120 mg once a day along with cough expectorant syrup to get relief from cough. Bronchodilators can be needed if there is bronchoconstriction, which can be judged after auscultating your chest. Antibiotic, if needed can be added according to the culture/senstivity reports of the sputum.

Avoid smoking as it can worsen your symptoms.

If the problem persists, get yourself examined by a physician.

I hope this is helpful to you.
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