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What does it mean when one side of the diaphragm is higher…

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What does it mean when one side of the diaphragm is higher than the other and what can cause this?

Doctor's Assistant: Have you seen a doctor about this yet? What medications are you taking?

It's my 19 year old daughter. She had the chest xray yesterday which is when they found it. She takes Lamictal, trazedone, Ativan, Omeprazole, symbicort inhaler, albuterol inhaler

Doctor's Assistant: How long have you been dealing with the issue? In general, how has your health been lately?

She's been sick for about 2 months. Cough has been bad. Productive cough. She's also cognitively impaired so to get her to spit out the phlegm is almost impossible. No fevers. Fatigue, body aches, weakness, headaches. She did a spirometer (?) and it was low. Doctor was concerned.

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

Asthma as a young child but that had cleared up. Other than that most of her problems have been bipolar, anxiety disorder, cognitively impaired, ADHD.

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Typically the right diaphragm is slightly higher than the left due to her liver and this is normal. Another possibility is a "frozen diaphragm" caused by nerve irritation/damage. Her cough could be post nasal drip which can be controlled with Zyrtec or Claritin, both over the counter. May I assume she has no infection in the lungs (pneumonia) and a clear chest x-ray. Also, with the two inhalers, I will assume her asthma is controlled. Try the Zyrtec or Claritin, her cough should lessen.

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