Is it Pleurisy or Precordial Catch Syndrome?

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Date Joined Nov 2007
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   Posted 11/4/2007 1:16 PM (GMT -6)   
I am so sorry to inundate everyone with my concerns...but I hope to help some of those that might have the same questions as I do.

Up until just a few minutes ago, I was convinced that I have had pleurisy in the past. A Doctor that I saw once dx'd me with it a few years back (prior to the internet, OY!)- just upon a singular 10 min. visit. Being the research addict that I am, I have done enough research lately to convince myself that pleurisy was the correct diagnosis. For whatever reasons, I started googling some specific words that I had not used in my previous searches- to reveal symptoms (of what I thought was pleurisy) that are bang on with my episodes. I now think I really had Precordial Catch Syndrome. If you have any question that you may really have this and not pleurisy, you may want to check it out.

It's described as, " Its symptoms begin with a sudden onset of anterior chest pain typically located just below the left, or sometimes, right nipple or breast. The pain is localized and does not radiate like heart attack pain typically does. Breathing in, and sometimes breathing out often intensifies the pain. Typically this causes the patient to freeze in place and breath shallowly until the episode passes. Episodes typically last a couple seconds to half a minute to 3 minutes. The frequency of episodes varies by patient, sometimes occurring daily (or even multiple episodes each day).Although deep inhalation during a PCS attack will likely cause an increase in pain, many have found that forcing themselves to breathe as deeply as possible will result in a "popping" sensation which quickly and completely resolves the PCS episode."

This makes me feel a bit better as I am hoping I have one less lupus factor....I hope this may help some others as it did me.

Thanks for listening.

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Date Joined May 2005
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   Posted 11/4/2007 1:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi there!

Welcome to the Healing Well forum! I just noticed you're doing a lot of internet searching with regard to your symptoms. Many of us have found that we can get ourselves into trouble that way -- we have to remember that the Drs are the experts and if we try to put words in their mouths we sometimes get not-so-good service. Not to mention how easy it is to get worked up over something we've totally misunderstood or misdiagnosed!

Not to say we shouldn't educate ourselves, but I find that if I put all my symptoms in a list, one copy for the dr and one for me, and ask them to go through them with me, I get pretty good results.

Everything in moderation!
Hang in there,

Lynnwood, Co-Moderator: Lupus Forum
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