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I am having a constant dull chest pain on my left side below my boob, i also get a bad cough when it starts hurting really bad. I also have sharp shooting like pains everywhere else in my chest that normaly lasts only a few seconds but it hurts really bad. I have alot of flem and sometimes feel light headed and weak..I dont have insurance to go to the doctors but if i need to i will so what do you think it might be? ( i have had it for 4 years[off and on] and my doctors told me my lungs were swollen but didnt care to find out why..also i become short of breath like i breath heavier and its harder to breathe)

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From the symptoms you have described you are probably having acute bronchitis. It is the inflammation of the respiratory tract (mainly large bronchi) resulting in severe cough with or without expectoration. It typically develops due to virus, usually the flu or cold viruses. In most cases, acute bronchitis gets better within several days. But your cough can last for several weeks after the infection is gone. Due to this prolonged cough you chest muscles get fatigue resulting in chest pain. So you can get relieved from your chest pain if you get your acute bronchitis treated. Treatment is typically symptomatic.

Treatments recommended are:
1. Cough syrup such as grilinctus can be given to suppress cough
2. Steam inhalation
3. As viruses cause most cases of acute bronchitis, antibiotics should not be used unless microscopic examination of gram stained sputum reveals large numbers of bacteria
4. If you have severe pain you can have over the counter medication like ibuprofen.
5. Breathing exercise and relaxation techniques will help you to breathe easily.
6. Eat soft diet, which gives you instant energy and is easily digestible.
7. Drink plenty of warm water.
8. Give sufficient rest to your body.
9. A humidifier may moisten the air and ease your cough

Consult your nearby doctor if your cough persist more than 3 weeks or if you have fever over 100.4 degrees.

Hope this helps, please feel free to discuss further.


Patient replied :

i know its not acute bronchitis i would like a refund...

Dr. Jaydeep Tripathy
Category: HIV- AIDS Specialist
MBBS from Sri Ramachandra University in December 2011
M.Med (Family Medicine) - TNMGR University, Chennai
MBA-MPH in Public Health in March 2016, SRM University
Finished AFIH in March 2016, SRM University
MRCP ( UK ), Internal Medicine, Royal College of Physicians, June 2016
Fellowship in Diabetology from Martin Luther University in January 2017

Currently Resident Physician, in MD Radiodiagnosis - Kamakshi Memorial Hospital, Chennai
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