Patient Comments: Pleurisy - Symptoms

What symptoms did you experience with your pleurisy?

Comment from: reginahughes, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 19

Dealing with pleurisy now, may I say it's the worst pain I've ever felt! Coughing feels like being stuck in the ribs with a knife. I put this right up there with labor on the pain scale, if you were having a natural childbirth. Pain medications haven't helped, nor the three rounds of antibiotics. I've been dealing with this for two weeks and feel like it is getting worse instead of better.

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Comment from: ann, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 21

I had pain on inspiration and a rattling in my lung one could palpate with your hand. I had pain on inspiration, shortness of breath, cough, and hiccoughs, the latter especially when tired. Initially 400 ml was drained but since then it has been stable with small effusion. I have a recent recurrence of supposed pleurisy pain, and shortness of breath with exertion most noticeable. I have occasional cough.

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Comment from: kathleen, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: January 10

I was told I had pleurisy, it's very painful. I have pain in the right ribs from back to front for 2 weeks, now I'm on pain medications. And I've worked the whole time so I think this has made it worse because now it's a stinging sharp pain in the ribs when I move. I had CAT scan and x-ray done. I am just hoping it gets better.

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Comment from: squirganaut, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 09

I was just released from the hospital today after a few days of treatment for pleurisy. I had worsening left-sided pain in my chest, arm and back and went to the emergency room. I had decreased breath sounds in the left lung, and a chest X-ray and CT scan showed pleural effusion. While in the emergency room, the pain was so bad, I could barely breathe and they gave me morphine. Pleurisy often follows some sort of infection, but I hadn't been sick. They did a lot of blood work to look for different illnesses including lupus and rheumatoid arthritis. They've been giving me 600mg Motrin four times a day and today added in a Medrol pack. I am feeling much better than I did in the emergency room, but I still get short of breath and have pain when the medication wears off.

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Comment from: Mrskbc, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: December 27

I had pleural effusion (the kind with liquid in the lining of the lung, not the dry rubbing kind). This happened to me around 15 years ago when I was barely 30. I don't remember a gradual increase in symptoms, but I woke up one morning and it hurt to sit up. I laid back down and went back to sleep for a while. I thought I must have slept funny. But later that morning, I was unable to even get out of bed because of the sharp stabbing pains in my chest, especially on the left side. I couldn't get a deep breath. It hurt worst when I tried to move. I was home alone and waited it out for a long time but finally had to call an ambulance. It was agonizing even having them move me. I must have had it really a lot worse than most people on here, because when they were done diagnosing, imaging, etc., it turned out that I had one collapsed lung (due to the quantity of fluid) and only partial capacity in the other. I was hospitalized for almost two weeks and had fluid drained by aspirating two different times, one of which was nearly a month after the initial incident. I have a slight feeling in my lung again now, 14 years later, that I suspect is pleurisy again, but apparently there is not much to be done anyway but wait for it to clear up, unless it gets a lot worse like it was for me last time.

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Comment from: Cindy, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: December 05

It's been 8 months since I was diagnosed with pleurisy. I had sharp pain, shortness of breath and got exhausted easily. I had fever throughout the time I had pleurisy (1 month). It took an additional month to heal. But I still get upper back pain every so often.

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