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IV drug user, smoking addiction, have sore chest, pain on touching the areas around heart, wheezing. What do these symptoms signify?

I am an IV drug user. I am worried I have a heart infection but am scared to go to the ER because I would be embarrassed. My chest is very sore. It hurts to the touch on the left side around my heart and by my sternum also.also. I was looking online to get information about it and some of the symptoms like chills, weight loss , fever and other ones I don t have. I am a smoker and before this started happening 2 days ago had a bad cough and it seems to be getting worse. I have been wheezing and it feels like there is crap in my lungs. I am a 25 year old female. Please give me some advice. I really need your help asap. Thank u and have.a great day. Sincerely,
Asked On : Sat, 30 Jun 2012
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IV drug use can cause chest infection or heart infection like infective endocarditis, valvular heart disease etc

In such situations it is not necessary that you have to have fever/ chill etc that you are talking

You need to seek a medicine specialist for evaluation of your problem and a psychiatrist, if you are willing to help yourself
Answered: Mon, 15 Jul 2013
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