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What is pleurisy and what are the symptoms of it?

What is pleurisy and what are the symptoms of it?

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. Pleurisy can cause fluid to collect inside the chest cavity. This can make breathing difficult and may cause the following symptoms: •bluish skin color (cyanosis) •coughing •shortness of breath •rapid breathing (tachypnea). ...Read more

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Pleurisy (Definition)

Inflammation of the tissues that line the ...Read more


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What are the symptoms of pleurisy in your chest?

Pain: Typically pain when you take a deep breath. You may also have signs of an upper respiratory tract infection at the same time (cough, runny nose). ...Read more

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Are symptoms for pleurisy different between kids and adults?

Are symptoms for pleurisy different between kids and adults?

Can be similar: Inflammation of the lining of the lung causes pain particularly during inspiration. Children may have more difficulty explaining the pain than adults. ...Read more

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What are the healing signs and symptoms of pleurisy?

Pain Relief: As you recover from pleurisy your chest pain will decrease and you can take deeper breaths. Pleurisy may get better on its own or sometimes anti inflammatory medications are used. It averages 5 to 10 days to resolve in most cases. ...Read more

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Will doing a lot of sports cause symptoms of pleurisy?

Will doing a lot of sports cause symptoms of pleurisy?

No, and yes.: No, because true pleurisy is an inflammation of the two linings surrounding the lungs (see prior) and sports should't cause this unless, perhaps, there is blunt trauma to the chest wall. However, the symptons of pleurisy, pain on breathing, could be caused by trauma or contusion of the chest wall or lung. Interestingly, a gas bubble caught under the diaphragm may cause pleuritic symptoms. ...Read more

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Do pleurisy symptoms feel like heartburn?

Generally not: Pleurisy is an inflammation of the lining of the lungs, and many details of this are in prior answers. 'heartburn' is a layman's term of a sensation anywhere from the upper abdomen to the throat of a 'burning' or heat or acid taste. It is generally caused by acid or stomach contents returning into the esophagus, and the pain caused by it is not related to breathing, as is pleurisy. ...Read more

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Are symptoms of pleurisy just like those of lung cancer?

Are symptoms of pleurisy just like those of lung cancer?

Pleurisy is pain: When taking a deep breath or coughing. While i agree with drs thompson & toloza, lung cancers can invade the chest wall and do this, but it is not common. Pleuritic pain is more common with infection (pneumonia & empyema) and large pulmonary embolus (blood clot to lung). ...Read more

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Can I take tylenol (acetaminophen) cold multi symptom if I got pleurisy?

Can I take tylenol (acetaminophen) cold multi symptom if I got pleurisy?

First diagnose: Pleurisy may be due to a viral infection, in which case the otc preparation you mentioned is fine. On the other hand if you actually have something more severe it may require a doctor's expertise to diagnose and treat appropriately. Need more info. ...Read more

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Pleurisy 3 weeks after pulmonary edema.. No other symptoms. Is this normal?

Pleurisy 3 weeks after pulmonary edema.. No other symptoms. Is this normal?

Pleurisy: The temporal relationship may suggest these things are related but that does not mean they are...So yes this could be normal in your case but keep a watchful eye out for other symptoms just in case! ...Read more

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Sle patient. diangosis with pleurisy and pericarditis. Very high CRP and sed rate but is now normal. If inflammation is norm why am i still having symptoms?

Recovery time: The CRP and ESR are just general markers for inflammation and may not reflect local inflammation. In addition, even if the inflammation has stopped, the damaged tissue needs time to heal. ...Read more

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No DX from docs, I'm feeling hopeless. Symptoms: joint & widespread pain and stiffness, lung inflammation and pleurisy, fatigue, +ANA 1:640, speckled?

No DX from docs, I'm feeling hopeless. Symptoms: joint & widespread pain and stiffness, lung inflammation and pleurisy, fatigue, +ANA 1:640, speckled?

Systemic lupus ?: This sounds like systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), although other connective tissue diseases could cause similar symptoms and lab results. Hopelessness is a common symptom of depression, but is also common in almost any illness when patients feel that they aren't doing well. You should see a rheumatologist if you haven't already. ...Read more

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What is pleurisy?

Lining of lung: Pleuritis, or pleurisy, is an inflammation of the lining (parietal and visceral pleura) of the lung. It can result from a viral infection, which is a common cause of pleuritic chest pain in young adults. Other causes include autoimmune diseases, such as lupus or rheumatoid arthritis, and drugs that can cause a lupus-like syndrome. ...Read more

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What causes pleurisy?

Pleurisy, or: Inflammation of the membrane caoting the outside of the lung and inside of the rib cage, can be caused by a variety of conditions including infections, tumors and trauma. By far, the most common cause is a viral infection that causes inflammation and therefore pain with each breath. Controlling the pain and giving your body time to fight off the virus is usualy the treatment. ...Read more

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How painful is pleurisy?

How painful is pleurisy?

Pain: Pein is perceived. There is no scale to predict pain. Physicians would never tell you how you will experience pain. It is the other way around. You tell us your experience. ...Read more

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Home relief for pleurisy?

Home relief for pleurisy?

Ibuprofen: But you may be missing a more serious illness so it's not recommended. ...Read more

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What exactly is pleurisy?

Pain from the lung: Pleurisy is pain cased by inflammation and/or friction between the lung and the inside of the chest wall. Since every breath causes motion between these two structiures, it can become quite painful. A varitety of conditions can cause the irritation and treatment is focused on symptoms as well as the root cause of the inflammation. ...Read more