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Old 09-28-2010, 01:07 AM
 
Location: Meggett, SC
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I've been home for about a week from pleurisy. Quite easily the most painful thing I have EVER been through. I was literally fine one minute and the next it felt like I had been stabbed in my back of something and I couldn't breathe. Went to the ER and they diagnosed pleurisy, prescribed naproxen and pain pills. I figured it would go away fairly quickly because I understand it's just an inflammation problem.

Here's the thing, it's been a full week and while I am better than I was, I'm not better. How long does this last?? I am growing tired of the pain and quite frankly, my living room! I still can't sleep laying down and have to prop myself up with pillows. Have you ever been through this and how long did it take to get better? Thanks!
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Old 09-28-2010, 07:06 AM
 
Location: Georgia, USA
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I've been home for about a week from pleurisy. Quite easily the most painful thing I have EVER been through. I was literally fine one minute and the next it felt like I had been stabbed in my back of something and I couldn't breathe. Went to the ER and they diagnosed pleurisy, prescribed naproxen and pain pills. I figured it would go away fairly quickly because I understand it's just an inflammation problem.

Here's the thing, it's been a full week and while I am better than I was, I'm not better. How long does this last?? I am growing tired of the pain and quite frankly, my living room! I still can't sleep laying down and have to prop myself up with pillows. Have you ever been through this and how long did it take to get better? Thanks!

If the pleurisy is due to a viral infection, it may last a few days to two weeks. See here:Pleurisy (http://www.peacehealth.org/kbase/topic/special/tj8148/sec1.htm - broken link) . Lying on the side that hurts may help the pain a little.

Sorry you are so miserable. If it does not improve over the next week, see your family doctor. You may need additional tests to rule out some of the more serious problems that can have pleurisy as a symptom.
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Old 02-13-2014, 10:11 AM
 
Location: Denver, Colorado U.S.A.
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I had pleurisy about a year and a half ago. It just came out of nowhere and I hadn't been sick at all with a cold or anything. I've never had pneumonia, haven't had the flu since I was a child.

They did x-rays, an EKG, and even did a full body scan with dye to see if I had any blood clots, but everything was clear, heart very healthy. Antibiotics cleared it up within a couple days. My symptoms were sharp pain in what felt like my right ribcage and inability to get a full breath. The breathing problem was scary! And the deep breaths I had to take really hurt!

But I still wonder if it's a symptom of something else. Every now and then I feel like I have to breathe very deeply to get a full breath. I even have memories of that type of deep breathing as a kid. I was a light smoker in my 20s, but haven't smoked in 17 years, so I doubt that's any issue at this point. I'm asking my doctor when it's time for my next physical.
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Old 02-20-2014, 06:33 AM
 
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Southbel, a sudden pain in the chest can be caused by spontaneous pneumothorax. A doctor can suspect this by just listening your lungs by the stethoscope, but to make a diagnosis, an X-ray would be needed.
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Old 01-21-2015, 01:57 AM
 
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Yes I have asbestoses with my pleurisy in the plaxs . This is painful and I have to deal with this everyday. I take opiates for the pain. but these med get to a Plato effect and your have to go height with theses med. You need to discuss with your doctor about the meds. if you take to much opiates you wind up hurting your self more its something you live with
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Old 01-21-2015, 01:34 PM
 
Location: Fredericksburg, Va
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Yes...it's awful! I had it with pneumonia...thought I was gonna die. I could only lie on my right side, as it felt like there was a knife in my left side...consequently, I had the beginnings of a bedsore on my right hip. Soooo, soooo sick, from the pneumonia, but the pleurisy just made it worse!
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