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A 53-year-old female asked:

Hx of pericarditis and pleurisy,pleural effusion. been sleeping in recliner x 1yr. pain inc and feels like drowning when lie flat.heart or lungs?

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Dr. William Coutts ii
Family Medicine 27 years experience
Cause of conditions: All three of these conditions are very serious. I would probably start by seeing an internal medicine doctor and & let him/her sort out what is going on and make any referrals that may be necessary. If you are not in distress currently, call to make an urgent appointment in the morning. If you are in pain and /or short of breath, then call 911 and be taken to the emergency room now.
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