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Is chest pain that radiates to arm a symptom of pulmonary TB?

Is chest pain that radiates to the arm is a symptom of pulmonary tuberculosis? My friend has been diagnosed with PTB and is having chest pain. She started her PTB medication on May 26, 2012 or a month ago but she still feels pain in the chest area. Is it normal. How long will the pain go?
Tue, 29 Sep 2015
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Thanks for your question on Health Care Magic.
I can understand your friend's situation and problem.
Treatment of tuberculosis is long, for atleast 6-8 months.
So recovery is also delayed. Usually recovery is expected after 2 months of regular treatment.
Tuberculosis causes pleurisy (inflammation of pleura). And this causes chest pain and arm pain.
She is on treatment since 1 month and so it is very early to see improvement.
In my opinion, she should take treatment for 1 more month because usually 2 months are required for clinical and symptomatic improvement in tuberculosis.
If after 2 months, she is still having pain than get done chest x ray and sputum report to rule out drug resistant tuberculosis.
But at present, wait for 1 more month.
Hope I have solved your query.
Wishing her good health. Thanks.
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Is chest pain that radiates to arm a symptom of pulmonary TB?

Thanks for your question on Health Care Magic. I can understand your friend s situation and problem. Treatment of tuberculosis is long, for atleast 6-8 months. So recovery is also delayed. Usually recovery is expected after 2 months of regular treatment. Tuberculosis causes pleurisy (inflammation of pleura). And this causes chest pain and arm pain. She is on treatment since 1 month and so it is very early to see improvement. In my opinion, she should take treatment for 1 more month because usually 2 months are required for clinical and symptomatic improvement in tuberculosis. If after 2 months, she is still having pain than get done chest x ray and sputum report to rule out drug resistant tuberculosis. But at present, wait for 1 more month. Hope I have solved your query. Wishing her good health. Thanks.