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Doctor insights on: Could Pleurisy Resolve On Its Own If I Give It Enough Time

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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