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Dr. John Goldman
Board Certified, Rheumatology
50 years in practice
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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. ?

Dr. John Goldman
Board Certified, Rheumatology
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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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Dr. Christopher Crosby
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Pleurisy (Definition)

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Dr. William Byars
Board Certified, Family Medicine
39 years in practice
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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! ?

Dr. William Byars
Board Certified, Family Medicine
39 years in practice
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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! ?

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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Dr. Christopher Crosby
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Board Certified, Psychiatry
20 years in practice
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What are the treatment options for pleurisy?

Dr. Heidi Fowler
Board Certified, Psychiatry
20 years in practice
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See: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/pleurisy/basics/treatment/con-20022338

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Dr. Brian Bezack
Board Certified, Pediatric Pulmonology
13 years in practice
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What is the treatment for pleurisy if you have a case of it?

Dr. Brian Bezack
Board Certified, Pediatric Pulmonology
13 years in practice
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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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Dr. Christopher Crosby
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Dr. Aaron Milstone
Board Certified, Pulmonology
22 years in practice
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Doctor says I have pneumonia or pleurisy. Is the treatment the same?

Dr. Aaron Milstone
Board Certified, Pulmonology
22 years in practice
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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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Dr. Amrita Dosanjh
Board Certified, Pediatric Pulmonology
31 years in practice
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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

Dr. Amrita Dosanjh
Board Certified, Pediatric Pulmonology
31 years in practice
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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

Mgt: The inflammation of the lining of the lung called the pleura is common after surgery. If there is any associated fever, shortness of breath, cough, please follow up. A virtual appt is also available online. ...Read more

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Dr. Michio Abe
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
21 years in practice
4M people helped
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What is pleurisy?  what causes it, and what are the treatments?

Dr. Michio Abe
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
21 years in practice
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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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Dr. Robert Arm
Board Certified, Pathology
44 years in practice
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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?

Dr. Robert Arm
Board Certified, Pathology
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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?

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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Dr. Philip Miller
Board Certified, Family Medicine
42 years in practice
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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.

Dr. Philip Miller
Board Certified, Family Medicine
42 years in practice
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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.

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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Dr. Lonna Larsh
Board Certified, Family Medicine
25 years in practice
11M people helped
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Can pleurisy be healed on its own ?

Dr. Lonna Larsh
Board Certified, Family Medicine
25 years in practice
11M people helped

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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