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Dr. Nisha Surenderanath
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Pleurisy (Definition)

Inflammation of the tissues that line the ...Read more


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What advice can you give for someone trying to find relief from pleurisy?

What advice can you give for someone trying to find relief from pleurisy?

Depend on the cause: Treatments used in pleurisy and pleural effusion focus primarily on the underlying cause.
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs
like eleeve.
Medications with coidine help relief the pain.


The outcome of pleurisy treatment may depend on the seriousness of the underlying disease. ...Read more

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I've hade pleurisy (due to viral infections) three times the last three months. Will a flu shot help my situation?

I've hade pleurisy (due to viral infections) three times the last three months. Will a flu shot help my situation?

The flu shot: Has been shown to prevent influenza virus infection but pleurisy is caused by other viruses as well. So the vaccine may be helpful in influenza outbreaks. ...Read more

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Is it possiby to have dry pleurisy not heard w/ stethocope or seen on x-ray. Md supects it based on my med history and sx. Prednisone resolved it.?

Possible: With pleurisy we can't always hear or see something. But in that situation at least be sure it is not something else causing the problem. When that occurs you can suggest it on clinical findings but it could be something else. This falls in the area of chest wall pain and there can be localized chest wall musculoskeletal pain site such as costochondritis. ...Read more

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The doctor told me that I got pleurisy a few days ago and gave me an antibiotic however the tablet gives me head aches and I still have pain in ribs?

Please inform the MD: Pleurisy is very painful condition... Getting a headache on top of it is double jeopardy! Please inform your md as there are other appropriate pain meds that can be prescribed. Remember if u don't tell ur doc, he might assume you are feeling better! Regards! ...Read more

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I'm 16 and have pleurisy and I have a hard time breathing as to be expected but I was very dizzy yesterday and I use an inhaler to help me breath. I am concerned with my health I almost passed out on the stair today and the cough syrup and antibiotics are

I'm 16 and have pleurisy and I have a hard time breathing as to be expected but I was very dizzy yesterday and I use an inhaler to help me breath. I am concerned with my health I almost passed out on the stair today and the cough syrup and antibiotics are

You need follow-up: For these symptoms that are severe, you need to talk to your doctor. It sounds like your therapy is barely adequate and a follow up appointment seems like a very good idea. I would call now and let the doctor know about this. It's possible you need different or stronger medications. With dizziness/passing out, I don't take any chances. Would go to an ER if you can't be seen today by the doc. ...Read more

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Chronic pain under ribs & burning pain on upper stomach. No wheezing, no cough. Phlegm clear. Pleurisy? Dr. Wont give me xray as had too many this yr

Chronic pain under ribs & burning pain on upper stomach. No wheezing, no cough. Phlegm clear. Pleurisy? Dr. Wont give me xray as had too many this yr

May not need X-ray: I can't say for sure but this may not be a diagnosis made by x-ray. If you have a chronic pain syndrome you should be treated for that. That type of pain is in the soft tissues around the chest and chestwall. You may ask your physician if this is actually myofascial pain as your treatment plan would be very different. ...Read more

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Recent ana, low titer. Positive rnp. No raynauds. Muscle aches, joint pains, severe heartburn, pleurisy 3 times last year, enlarged liver, heart races?

Recent ana, low titer. Positive rnp. No raynauds. Muscle aches, joint pains, severe heartburn, pleurisy 3 times last year, enlarged liver, heart races?

Positive RNP: Occur in around 50% of patients with lupus and in patients with other connective tissue disease notably mixed connective tissue disease. Diagnosis of sle depend on recognition of characteristic multisystem disease and exclusion of infection and malignancy. Mctd characterized by overlapping clinical features of sle, polymyositis, systemic sclerosis and high titters of anti-rnp. See a rheumatologist. ...Read more

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What could cause pleurisy to linger?

What could cause pleurisy to linger?

Depends on the cause: Pleurisy is inflammation of the covering of the lining around the lungs, and may be associated with accumulation of fluid in the spacebetween two layers of pleura
it can ba caused by
1infections including tuberculosis
2 collagen vascularhart disease
3tumors of pleura
4pulmonary embolism
5cancers
6cirrhosis of liver
7 congestive heart failure
treatment depends on the cause, and how long. ...Read more

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Could you help me please! I think I have pleurisy?

Pleurisy: Pleurisy is inflammation of covering of lungs which can be due to different reasons. History and examination by doctor would guide the treatment but in meantime pain relief can be taken.
http://patient. Info/health/pleurisy-leaflet ...Read more

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Could this long lasting pain be something worse than pleurisy?

Could this long lasting pain be something worse than pleurisy?

Possibly: Pain that severe needs to be worked up by your doctor in person. He/she will listen to you, perform an examination and possibly order some tests to see what's wrong with you. ...Read more

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Could pleurisy cause intense chest pain?

Could pleurisy cause intense chest pain?

Yes: Pleuritis is a very common cause of chest pain. Typically you will have pain on inspiration. Usually viral in etiology and can be effectively treated with nsaids for several days. If the pain last longer than several days, get a chest x ray. Sometimes I also add a medro dose pak. ...Read more

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What could cause pain in shoulder blade and chest, not pleurisy?

Shoulder and chest: Pain there other than pleurisy may include cardiac, referred gallbladder, muscle strain, sprain, referred radicular pain. ...Read more

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I have pleurisy and I'm worried about also getting pneumonia. What could happen?

It's possible: Pleurisy is pain in the chest from irritation of the lining of the lung as it rubs against the inside of the chest wall. Pneumonia is an infecton in the substance of the lung. Since most lung infections come from germs we inhale, pneumonia usually comes first and pleurisy is later. Depending on what germ is causing the problem, pleurisy might occasionally happen first, but it's not very likely. ...Read more

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If your hurting below the shoulder blade could pleurisy?

Yes: There are a number of potential cuases, pleurisy being among them. Consider being checked. Usually a detailed exam and appropriate tests can determine the cause and give a person an idea about treatment alternatives. Thank you for the question. ...Read more

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Could pleurisy cause a hoarse voice?

Depends on cause.: If pleurisy is fron an infection then yes. If from just some inflammatroy cause to the lung pleura then usually not. Need to see your doctor if voice is not better. There could be issues on the vocal cords. ...Read more

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Could rheumatoid arthritis cause pleurisy?

Could rheumatoid arthritis cause pleurisy?

Yes: Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune inflammatory disorder that can affect internal organs including the pleura (lining around the lungs). It it occurs, the result is rheumatoid pleurisy. ...Read more

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What is pleurisy?

Lining of lung: Pleuritis, or pleurisy, is an inflammation of the lining (parietal and visceral pleura) of the lung. It can result from a viral infection, which is a common cause of pleuritic chest pain in young adults. Other causes include autoimmune diseases, such as lupus or rheumatoid arthritis, and drugs that can cause a lupus-like syndrome. ...Read more

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What causes pleurisy?

Pleurisy, or: Inflammation of the membrane caoting the outside of the lung and inside of the rib cage, can be caused by a variety of conditions including infections, tumors and trauma. By far, the most common cause is a viral infection that causes inflammation and therefore pain with each breath. Controlling the pain and giving your body time to fight off the virus is usualy the treatment. ...Read more

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How painful is pleurisy?

Pain: Pein is perceived. There is no scale to predict pain. Physicians would never tell you how you will experience pain. It is the other way around. You tell us your experience. ...Read more

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Home relief for pleurisy?

Home relief for pleurisy?

Ibuprofen: But you may be missing a more serious illness so it's not recommended. ...Read more

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What exactly is pleurisy?

Pain from the lung: Pleurisy is pain cased by inflammation and/or friction between the lung and the inside of the chest wall. Since every breath causes motion between these two structiures, it can become quite painful. A varitety of conditions can cause the irritation and treatment is focused on symptoms as well as the root cause of the inflammation. ...Read more

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What happens if pleurisy?

Pleurisy description: Pleurisy is inflammation of the lining of the lungs & can be caused by a variety of conditions such as infections, autoimmune disorders, cancers etc. Symptoms include chest pain, fever, cough & other features related to underlying disease process. Treatment requires management of underlying cause & providing symptomatic relief. Consult a lung specialist for discussing its workup & management. ...Read more

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How long can pleurisy last?

Depends on the cause: The resolution after the cause is removed varies based on the original cause. Best to ask the md who treated you. They will have the most info to base an estimate on. ...Read more