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I live in Kingston Ontario. I have had a stomach bug since Dec 14th throwing up a few timrs a day except for 3. Yesterday i woke up with severe pain in my right rib cage up to my shoulder and neck. I have been reluctant to go to a hospital ER during the holidays. Is it time I went now, or try for an after hours clinic tonight at my Dr office?

Doctor's Assistant: How long have you been dealing with the neck pain? Are you experiencing any numbness or tingling?

Neck pain on and off since yesterday at 7 am. I don't really have any painkillers to take

Doctor's Assistant: Anything else in your medical history you think the doctor should know?

No neverchad anything last this long. On a separate note I have a nasty cough on and off, but anything comes up it is minimal and clear

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Doctor: Dr. Arun Phophalia, Doctor replied 3 months ago

What is your age and gender?

Do you have shortness of breath, tenderness on chest wall, persistent nausea, numbness in arm, hand?

Are you neck and shoulder movements painful?

Have you taken any medicine?

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Customer reply replied 3 months ago
No numbness breaths are shallow because the rib cage hurts when I breathe. The movements were painful yesterday, and it was difficult to get comfortable sleeping but I eventually figured that out. Nausea and vomiting off and on since Dec 15. The only meds I have taken is Pepto Bismol for stomach issues. I just didn't want to go to emerg of a hospital over the holidays
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Customer reply replied 3 months ago
No I don't want a call
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Customer reply replied 3 months ago
I understand.
Customer reply replied 3 months ago
I am female 62
Doctor: Dr. Arun Phophalia, Doctor replied 3 months ago

Your symptoms can be due to;

1) Pleurisy

2) Polychondritis

3) Pinched nerves in neck.

You need a Chest x-ray and x-ray of the neck.

This may not be due to heart. But usually EKG is done for any moderate to severe chest pain to categorically rule out heart issue.

In your age group, it is recommended to go to emergency room. I can understand your reluctance in the Holiday season. But you should not wait till evening and any moderate to severe pain chest pain warrant an immediate evaluation.

You may take Tylenol meanwhile.

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