Patient Comments: Pleurisy (Pleuritis) - Treatments

How was your pleurisy treated?

Comment from: Jean, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: November 17

I had chest pain on right side and over right shoulder. I thought I was having a heart attack. In the morning I called my doctor. He said it was probably pleurisy and told me to go in. He prescribed an NSAID which was too strong. It made me sick to my stomach even though I took it with a meal.

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Comment from: Seapoint, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: February 18

I recently underwent a quadruple bypass and have been slowly recovering. Five days ago I started getting a sharp pain in my right lung. It got worse and I couldn't breathe. I went immediately to my doctor who diagnosed pleurisy. He gave me a big bottle of ibuprofen 600 mg tablets. He prescribed that I take it three times a day with food. I felt an immediate cessation of pain by the end of the first day. By the second day I was able to breathe without any problem and by the third day I stopped taking Ibuprofen tablets because I was pain free and able to breathe normally. The only drawback was a stomach reaction, lots of gas and some dry heaves which stopped as soon as I ceased taking the pills. I hope that my experience will be of some help to those still looking for relief.

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Comment from: bunchaflowers, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 17

I began having chest pain and after not having slept for 2 nights went to the emergency room. After much testing, I was diagnosed with pleurisy and sent home with steroid dose pack. Five years later, same pain, and ruled out heart and lung embolus. I suggested pleurisy since it felt so much like the incident 5 years prior so he started me on a steroid dose pack and voila! Fixed me right up!

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Comment from: pain in ....., 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: April 16

I had the respiratory flu this winter, 2 bouts of pneumonia, and now have what is believed to be pleurisy. My doctor however cannot tell me if this is what I have. I have been to the walk-in clinic twice and my general physician once, been through a round of antibiotic, a round of steroids and now anti-inflammatory, but nothing relieves the pain. My pain has moved from the lower left lung and chest, and back to the upper left chest and back and now the center of my upper chest. I am worried it is something more, I wonder if blood test and maybe a CT scan should be done. It has been 2 1/2 weeks of very bad pain.

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Comment from: diane, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: December 17

I have pleurisy from lupus/rheumatoid arthritis. They gave me prednisone, it is not working and hurts when I bend down to pick something up or tie my shoes. It reaches across my whole chest and hurts, not really any pain breathing, but sharp pains in the chest off and on. I am going to the doctor to see if they will do x-ray since I have no relief. My chest burns almost like heartburn but not as bad, just want it gone.

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Comment from: sara, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 21

I have had pain under my right breast for two weeks now which radiates down my rib cage and under/in my right arm. When it started two weeks ago, I had a low grade fever which doesn't show up because my normal body temp is 97 when well. I feel very weak and don't want to do much. This is unusual in that I keep a one acre yard maintained with a push mower and help my daughter 3 days a week with her three foster babies so I am not a weakling. I have not had a lot of sleep in the past two weeks and feel nauseous and break into a sweat often. Finally I visited the doctor and he said 'I don't hear any congestion' so just have a physical (which is another month). I have previously been diagnosed with Sjogren's, arthritis, Hashimoto's, and I have a small nodule on my lung, liver and gallbladder which is due for another CT scan in 4 months. I feel like I am on my own and hopeless until the physical. In the meantime I get relief from Breathe Easy tea and lying on my stomach. I am wheat and dairy intolerant as these also bring on the pleurisy symptoms among other symptoms.

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