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Does Pain From Pleurisy Return After You Already Recovered From Pneumonia
Recovered from pleural effusion frm pneumonia 12 days ago but still having pleurisy. Is it normal? Ctscan, xray, cbc, tibc, ana, ferittin, TB shows normal
Yes: In general, the pleural (lining of the lungs) may become inflammed or infected with a pneumonia. The fluid that is part of the normal lubrication of the lungs may collect abnormally -- which is called an effusion. Once it is resorbed, residual pain and discomfort may be experienced for several weeks to months after the event. ...Read more
Pneumonia a killer:
Between 5 and 10 million people get pneumonia in the United States each year, and more than 1 million people are hospitalized due to the condition. As a result, pneumonia is the fourth most frequent cause of hospitalizations.
Although the majority of pneumonias respond well to treatment, the infection kills 40, 000 - 70, 000 people each year. Pleurisy is not usually life threatening. ...Read more
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
Pneumonia & Pleurisy: Pneumonia is usually a severe infection to either bacteria or virus. Pleurisy is usually a secondary illness or consequence of a lung infection. There are so many different scenarios with both that I am not sure how to answer the rest of your question. Neither of them are good to have. And, both require some treatment. ...Read more
2yrs ago, I had pleurusy post pneumonia. The pain was very severe. Over the last month, I have had the same stabbing pains, but not as severe, nor have I been ill. Could it be pleurisy? What warning signs should I look for to say I need medical help?
Hi. I was told I had pneumonia about 2.5 weeks ago- and I am still having paain on/in my right lung area. Is this pleurisy?
In association with your pneumonia, there can be inflammation or infection of the lining of the lungs. This may take weeks to resolve. Lung infections may recur despite treatment. If any coughing, sputum or fever recurs, I would recommend a follow up visit.
If you are short of breath, then a trip to the ED is advised. ...Read more
Can pleurisy last for months after the pneumonia that caused it is gone? . Can't take nsaids to help it. Due to gut problem. Was told nsaids are bad
Pleuritic pain: You should not have this persistently after recovery from pneumonia. Something is wrong and you need to be seen by pulmonary expert or a thoracic surgeon and have this carefully evaluated. Could be persistent infection (have you been exposed to TB or fungal infection?), tumor, etc. Something is not right. Good luck. ...Read more
I was diagnosed with pneumonia and pleurisy 3 weeks ago. I still have minor pains in my chest & shortness of breath. Is it normal to last this long?
Sometimes: I agree that's a long time. Have you stopped smoking 100% to allow full healing of your lungs and respiratory tract? Has fever resolved? Is your cough improved? If the answer to all 3 questions is "yes" - i'd give it more time. Otherwise, go back to your treating doc for another look. And please don't smoke anymore! ...Read more
Unlikely: Shortness of breath on exertion with chest pains sounds more like a cardiac condition or copd. Pneumonia is characterized by coughing, sputum production, fever and sob at rest. Pleurisy causes chest pain on inspiration. I suggest you see your md immediately and get checked out. ...Read more
Can pleurisy persist after pneumonia is gone? I have chest pain and lungs and heart have been ruled out.
I'm 41 & have ra. Untreated since nov when I had pneumonia & pleurisy. Pulmonologist now suspects viral myocarditis. How scared should I be?
Concerned not scared: You should be evaluated by a cardiologist and have further cardiac studies ekg etc. ...Read more
Healthy 35 yr old. Had pneumonia in left lung and fluid in right in February. Xray showed clearing after 6 days. Right rib pressure is back. Pleurisy?
Have COPD & af, came out of hospital 7 weeks ago after spending 12 days in with pleurisy & pneumonia. Now feeling really unwell. Chest tightness & fever?
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