questions about pleurisy

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firebabe
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   Posted 9/7/2008 9:58 AM (GMT -7)   
So, I've had problems with pleurisy the last couple of months.  My Dr. has never said anything about it never going away, but I see that some of you have pleurisy posted as conditions on your signature.  I'm curious as to whether or not your doctor has said anything different about how long it will last.  My doctor pretty much has me on anti-inflammatorys as treatment for now.  I only take half the dose because I'm being stubborn, but it seems to do the trick.  I guess I just wanted to know what you all know about pleurisy that I don't.  Thanks
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okie
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   Posted 9/7/2008 3:36 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Firebabe, Oh BTW my son works for the Forrestry service in idaho. Just thought I'd throw that in. He's a medic with them too. Anyway I have suffered with plurisy off and on most of my adult life. I think you should really nail your doctor down about this. It can be scarey and if you are concerned you may want to have a few extra tests done. There are other things it can possibly be but if you are doing better than it probably is pluresy. I don't want to scare you but inflmation of the heart that is bad enough can cause serious problems. Best thing to do is ask questions and get answers. You need to specially ask him/her is this going to go away yes no when?
JMHO.
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mygrljes
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   Posted 9/7/2008 6:39 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi firebabe,

I've had pleurisy three times so far in the past nine years. Everytime, my doctor upped my prednisone dose for two weeks and put me on celebrex. I always felt better within 2-3 days. If the doctor has you on a specific dose, you should take the whole dose, not half of it.
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mkpeace
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   Posted 11/11/2008 8:40 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi, Long story short for me is that I have been diagonased with unidentified connective tissue diesease.  When I was diagnosed I had pleurisy and could not raise my arms without extreme pain.  Had a positive ANA and high sed rate.
Put me on prednizone and I got better but the pain in my lung did not go away.  I do not have trouble breathing but it hurts when I take a deep breath.  I have a pulminory doc and he dosen't seem to think it is a problem.  I think that if there is pain then something is not right?  Do you have pain all the time?  I also choose not to stay on the predizone because I felt that the side effects were worse than the symptoms.
Hope you are feeling better.

firebabe
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   Posted 11/11/2008 9:05 AM (GMT -7)   
I actually haven't had pain now for about 3 weeks. The pleurisy lasted for just a few months, but I do know that I could get it back again (fingers crossed that I don't). It was pretty painful and yes, even to put my arms over my head hurt so bad. I went to accupuncture and he did some wonders with his needles I think.
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mkpeace
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   Posted 11/11/2008 9:41 AM (GMT -7)   
I am glad that your symptoms have gone.  I was diagnosed about 1 year ago today and I still have the pain when I take a deep breath.  I have a rhuem. doc appt. today.  I have told him but he says that he thinks it is just something that is cronic.  I guess I will have to live with it.  Hope you continue to be symptom free.  

AlwaysRosie
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   Posted 11/11/2008 12:23 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Firebabe,

Someone once told me "Don't chase your symptoms - - - ATTACK them!" It really stuck in my head. It could be that taking half a dose is only chasing the problem, while never really destroying the problem. I don't know much about pleurisy, but each question asked in this topic should be asked to your doctor . . . so you are sure you are being aggressive enough in treating it.

Understanding your unique symptoms is really important in making sure that your treatment is tailored for you. Never stop asking questions.

What anti-inflam are you using?

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