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Forum Name: Viral Infections
|naskos29 - Wed Jan 14, 2009 1:38 pm||
To get straight to the point for little over a year now i seem to constantly have a cold however this last week has been dreadful. My doctor says its a viral infection (he didnt even check me or ask any questions). I have a fever most of the day, constant coughing, body ache, sore throat and havent been able to eat anything for 3 days. however my main concern is geting sharp pains in the region where my heart is, this has been going on for about 16 hours now...I think it may be just strain from my ribs because of my coughing however i don't know anything about this stuff so please tell me that im over-reacting and its nothing as im getting myself very worried!
Thank you very much for your time,
|Tom Plamondon PA-C - Wed Jan 21, 2009 7:46 pm||
I am sorry to hear about your current illness.
It would be wise to see a physician to have your throat and chest evaluated. If you are unable to swallow then hydration becomes a problem. Chest pain due to cough in a young person may cause some secondary problems like costochonritis or pneumonia.
It would also be prudent to discuss recurrent viral infections with your physicians. He may advise some general health measures (eg diet, exercise, tobacco cessation) or order some blood work during your non sick days to get baselines of your blood cell counts.
Hope this helps and hope your illness subsides in a prompt fashion.
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