Patient Comments: Pleurisy - Symptoms

What symptoms did you experience with your pleurisy?

Comment from: Sylnorton, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: January 14

Dealing with pleurisy is a challenge because the patient may not appear to be sick, but is experiencing sharp pain with every breath! Not to mention it also it causes fatigue and keeps a person housebound. This can go on for weeks.

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Comment from: Darlene, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: December 24

I have severe pain in my right upper quadrant, I thought it was a broken rib. I went to the emergency room and was diagnosed with pleural effusion. After 8 weeks I am still in severe pain. It is worse with physical activity. All I can take because of other issues is Tylenol. I have had some people say to give it 6 months!

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Comment from: Daisygirlnc, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 10

I had blinding pain that literally left me moaning out load. I had the flu which got progressively worse and developed into pleurisy.

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Comment from: country1paula, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 23

I was told by a physician 19 years ago that I have pleurisy. He told me to take an anti-inflammatory when it flares up. So that it what I do. Thing is that, now when it flares up it is much more painful. Aleve is the only thing that helps the pain. Unless I go to the doctor and get prescription naproxen. It is painful. It is in my back on the left side. It's scary. I took Aleve today. If it doesn't get better I will go to the emergency room (ER). It does not hurt in the front, just in my back. It is very painful with any movement. If I move I cry.

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Comment from: country1paula, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 16

I was told by a physician 19 years ago that I have pleurisy. He told me to take an anti-inflammatory when it flares up. So that it what I do. Thing is that now when it flares up it is much more painful. Aleve is the only thing that helps the pain. Unless I go to the doctor and get prescription Naproxen. It is painful. It is in my back on the left side. It's scary. I took Aleve today. If it doesn't get better I will go to the emergency room (ER). If I move I cry.

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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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