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Dry Pleurisy Treatment
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Dry pleurisy keeps coming back!i'm on plaquenil, (hydroxychloroquine) 10mg prednisone/day.Motrin 800mg tid helps but hurts stomach. As soon as i stop, chest pain recurs! ?
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
Appendectomy 6 days ago. ER says I have pleurisy now. Just got home. What is treatment? Is it dangerous? Didn't give me any meds. All tests normal
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
After CT scan result clear GP diagnosed Pleurisy in 76 yr old female from crackle heard from stethoscope on Amoxicillin.Pain from front of lower ribs below breast and at the back Gapapentin and Tramadol not helping much any ideas on other treatments?
Huh?: Pleurisy is a clinical diagnosis -- it isn't diagnosed by stethoscope, crackles or none. If the examiner hears a friction rub, maybe -- but bacterial pleurisy without some other findings is very uncommon and ampicillin is inappropriate for any other suspected etiology. If this is pleurodynia or post-zoster neuralgia, it's pain management until it resolves in its own. Best wishes. ...Read more
Very confused . Today doctors said I have pleuritis instead ? How can they say that based off just symptoms ? Is it fatal ? Gave me no treatment .
Instead of what?: It sounds like you asked a previous question. The questions are not kept in a thread here. I am sorry, but I don't know what you are referring to. Any sort of "itis" is inflammation. It should not be fatal unless there is way more going on than that. If you are concerned that what you have could be fatal, you should let your doctor know about your concern. I do hope they can put you at ease. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Gently please: The benefits of regular exercise are many. Gentle exercise with pleurisy should be fine. Listen to your body, don't push it too hard, but definitely avoid being too sedentary. Yoga may be an excellent choice of exercise type while you are recovering. Resting well afterwards is equally important. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Your car: Use it to drive to your doctor who can make sure your pleurisy is not a more serious problem. Once that is done, then use it to drive to the pharmacy to pick up some Ibuprofen or Aspirin for the pain. Sorry for the sarcasm, but "home remedies" should be reserved for things like colds, sore throats, mild headahces, bruises etc, pleurisy can be mild/self limited, but it can signify serious illness. ...Read more
Yes: Pleuritic pain( pain due to inflammation of pleura) can get transmitted to the shoulder tip sometimes if the diaphragm is involved. Sometimes the pain can be also transmitted to the shoulder blade. Pleura is the membranous covering of the lungs as well as the underside of the ribs. ...Read more
See below: Pleurisy is inflammation of the lining of the lungs and chest (the pleura) that leads to chest pain (usually sharp) when you take a breath or cough. Costochondritis is a benign inflammation of the costal cartilage, which is a length of cartilage which connects each rib, except the eleventh and twelfth, to the sternum. It causes pain in the chest that can be reproduced by pressing on the ribs. ...Read more
Indirectly: Inflammation on some parts of the lung that would cause pleurisy could irritate the heart and trigger an SVT. Usually, someone would be predisposed to the SVT for this to happen, and even in this case the connection between the two would be weak. Sometimes the chest pain can come from the SVT and be attributed to pleurisy instead. Sometimes the same underlying cause leads to both. See doc. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer