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Pneumonia (Definition)

The most common definition is an infection involving the lung. Several noninfectious disorders can cause inflammation of the lung which is ...Read more


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I have bad left under arm rib pain for past 5 days I was seen at hospital for pneumonia and cough but never treated to the rib pain what could it be?

I have bad left under arm rib pain for past 5 days I was seen at hospital for pneumonia and cough  but never treated to the rib pain what could it be?

Sprained muscle: Most likely you pulled or sprained a muscle while coughing. Some patients have been known to break ribs with a severe cough. I assume they did X-Rays already. I would avoid any heavy lifting with the left arm and mild pain relievers. It should get better by itself ...Read more

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Igg 1710 ESR 29 ANA 1:160, low vit. D, rib pain in lower ribs, dr said pneumonia antibody low. Urine protein 24 hour was 65 blood prtein 7.8 calcium9.8 WBC 7.06, platlets 284 scared! only 26 yrs old?

Igg 1710 ESR 29 ANA 1:160, low vit. D, rib pain in lower ribs, dr said pneumonia antibody low. Urine protein 24 hour was 65 blood prtein 7.8 calcium9.8 WBC 7.06, platlets 284 scared! only 26 yrs old?

See a rheumatologist: A single elevated ESR is not concerning but if it remains elevated for several months, there may be some underlying systemic inflammation that could indicate an early rheumatologic disease such as sjögren's syndrome. High igg and total protein can definitely be part of sjögren's syndrome. ANA titer of 1:160 not concerning unless ANA panel antibodies are also positive like ssa and/or ssb antibody. ...Read more

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I am having very painful rib pain when i inhale, is that to be expected with pulmonary hypertension?

I am having very painful rib pain when i inhale, is that to be expected with pulmonary hypertension?

No : Rib pain on inhalation is likely musculoskeletal or pleural. The main symptom of pulmonary hypertension is shortness of breath. Currently you are not on any pulm hypertension therapy. A right heart cat and other studies are neeed to determine your cause of pulm hypertension and subsequent treatment. ...Read more

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Painful back spasms along spine making it's way up, accompanied by lower right rib pain. Should i go to hospital?

See your PCP: Chest tightness is a serious medical condition. It is always a red flag and appointment with your pcp is warranted. Rec.: see your pcp for further investigation. Take care. ...Read more

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I had pneumonia a year and half ago. Broke rib with cough. If I lay on the left side, I have horrible pain, and hard to roll over. Found lump hurts?

I had pneumonia a year and half ago. Broke rib with cough. If I lay on the left side, I have horrible pain, and hard to roll over. Found lump hurts?

Pleurisy and lump: I would start with a repeat CXR before commenting on pain and cause of lump. When was the last one performed in relation to diagnosed pneumonia? ...Read more

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