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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?

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Dr. Bennett Werner
Internal Medicine - Cardiology

In brief: 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!

In brief: 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!
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