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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. ?

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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Pleurisy is inflammation in the tissue that covers the lungs and chest wall. The main symptoms are chest pain associated with breathing. Treatments for pleurisy vary ...Read more


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Dry pleurisy keeps coming back!i'm on plaquenil, 10mg prednisone/day.Motrin 800mg tid helps but hurts stomach. As soon as i stop, chest pain recurs! ?

Dry pleurisy keeps coming back!i'm on plaquenil, 10mg prednisone/day.Motrin 800mg tid helps but hurts stomach. As soon as i stop, chest pain recurs! ?

Other options: There may be another immune-suppressing drug that could help you. If so, it would be great if it allowed you to be weaned onto a lower dose of prednisone. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for pleurisy if you have a case of it?

What is the treatment for pleurisy if you have a case of it?

Depends on cause: Treatment depends on what is causing the pleurisy. Bacterial infections are treated with antibiotics. Surgery may be needed to drain infected fluid from the lungs. Viral infections normally run their course without medications. Patients often can control the pain of pleurisy with Acetaminophen or anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen. Recovery depends on what was causing it. ...Read more

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Doctor says I have pneumonia or pleurisy. Is the treatment the same?

Doctor says I have pneumonia or pleurisy.  Is the treatment the same?

No: Treatment for pneumonia usually includes antibiotics and cough medication. Pleurisy tends to be caused by viruses and anti inflammatory medications are the main treatments rather than antibiotics. ...Read more

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What is pleurisy?  what causes it, and what are the treatments?

Pleurisy: Pleurisy is an inflammation of the lining of the lung tissues, pleura. Some of the causes include infections (viral, bacterial, tb, fungal), autoimmune diseases, blood clots, and injuries. Treatments should be directed towards the underlying cause such as antibiotics for the bacterial infection. Nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drugs can help control the pain associated with it. ...Read more

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I have pleurisy from my lupus in the morning my mouth is so dry that my tongue gets stuck to the back of my mouth and its painful is this a side affec?

I have pleurisy from my lupus in the morning my mouth is so dry that my tongue gets stuck to the back of my mouth and its painful is this a side affec?

Lupus: Dry mouth is related to lupus. Involment of the salivary glands, a side effect of your meds, or systemic effects of lupus may lead to the dryness, especially breathing problems, mouth breathing at night. You should have a complete evaluation to see what might help best. Treatment may be a mouth moisturizer or a humidifer at bedside. A breathing test for sleep apnea may be needed. ...Read more

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Treated for pleurisy 2 weeks ago with steroids and amoxicillin. I am worse now with pain/shortness of breath, dry throat and cough and nasal congestion.

Treated for pleurisy 2 weeks ago with steroids and amoxicillin. I am worse now with pain/shortness of breath, dry throat and cough and nasal congestion.

Exam: Get an immediate chest xray to rule out a pneumonia or lung abcess. You should be improving. You may need a pulmonary fuction test for asthma and a lung scan if you are taking female hormones or birth control, get rechecked asap! ...Read more

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Can pleurisy be healed on its own ?

Possibly: Pleurisy is an inflammation of the pleura, the lining of the chest wall around the lungs. There are many possible causes, but one of them is viral pneumonia. Viruses mostly just need time to resolve. You should be checked to make sure you don't have one of the other underlying causes that do require treatment however. ...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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