I'm sorry I missed your post this morning. I read all the replies and am very happy to see you are feeling better.
I worked all weekend and overslept this morning and just didn't have time to check in here before I had to work again today. Thankfully I'm off tomorrow and can hopefully get some much overneeded rest.
I read what Hippi wrote and I too have the chest pain and it has been told to me that it is the cartilage between the ribs like she said. I have never had pleurisy but if it hurts like the inflammation of the cartilage between the ribs, I can understand how much pain you were in. Did the pain feel like the pain you've experienced before with your pleurisy?
Even though you are feeling better now, I would still mention this episode to your doctor.
I am so sorry you had to even experience the pain. I think the pain does get worse with stress. For me, I get stressed and then the only thing I can focus on is the pain and I really feel that makes it worse.
I am soooooo glad you had the chat with your girlfriend. I like your phrase about "this is who I am". Can I adopt your motto?! God created you and you are the person he wanted you to be. I love that you can accept yourself for who you are. I am really striving to achieve that way of thinking and having all of you here for support helps that thinking process.
Hope you continue to feel better.
((((((lots of hugs)))))
Soft tissue joint disorder 2007 (can't spell or pronounce the name), Lupus Sept. 2006, IBS 2004, Chronic Hives 2002.
Medications: Allegra and Zantac; Xanax PRN; Lunesta and Ultram PRN.