Post Edited (LadyTsuguri) : 4/23/2009 2:12:35 AM (GMT-6)
HI. The first time I had pleurisy was in July of 08. They gave me pain killers, and I took a day and a half off work to recover. The pain was awful! It went away mostly within the next few weeks, but then decided to return whenever it wanted up until probably last month. It's different for everybody, but yes, pleurisy can be caused by Lupus. It doesn't necessarily mean your Lupus is getting worse and it can be caused by certain medications often prescribed to Lupus patients. Pretty much this is just one more thing we have to tolerate with our illness. When pleurisy starts to bother me, I'm usually told to take up to 3 of my anti-inflammatory pills per day until it calms down. Normally I just take 1 per day. Just make sure to get plenty of rest and drink lots of fluids to keep that lining from drying out.