Patient Comments: Pleurisy - Causes


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Comment from: Jbucy77, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: April 09

By the time I went into the emergency room, I knew it was something serious and Google told me it was pleurisy. After spending 6 hours in there, every test had been run and checked, they deduced it to be pleurisy. I had, and 2 days later still have, a low fever. She told me it was a viral infection which caused the pleurisy because she couldn't see anything else bacterial. I don't know what caused it except a virus. She said no medicines would help but ibuprofen and I'm allergic to it so she just laughed and said take Tylenol and get lots of rest.

Comment from: Laura, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: August 17

I am a healthy 27 year old. I went for a routine medical check. X-ray came back abnormal so I was sent for tuberculosis (TB) sputum tests. I woke up with a pain in my back and I thought I slept wrong. I went for CT scan, they found 2 holes in my lungs and it is a suspected case of TB which seems to have caused my pleurisy. The pain started increasing in my chest, left shoulder and back. I am on antibiotics and painkillers while I wait for my results to come out. On some days pain is dull however on some days I can't even yawn.

Comment from: Pam S , 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 20

I read on here that chemical exposure could cause pleurisy and they specifically mentioned ammonia. I was cleaning with ammonia about two weeks ago. Two nights ago I started having the worst pain I've had in over 10 years since my dry socket. The pain was in my neck, left shoulder, front and back of left rib cage and under my left breast. I had been coughing and having headaches for about a week, but blamed it on weather. Doctor said I have pleurisy. Hope it's gone soon - it's horrible!

Comment from: frankod, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: December 12

I had three weeks of flu symptoms brought on by other people in my office having a flu jab. I started getting side and back pain after two weeks especially when I coughed. I self-medicated with over-the-counter co-codamol and ibuprofen expecting it to clear in a week or so. In the third week I woke one night with violent cough and excruciating pain in my side, back and shoulder. I struggled to get out of bed and eventually decided I had to call an ambulance. Paramedics gave me morphine which hardly touched the pain. I waited in the hospital, and couldn't eat or sleep for 48 hours. They gave me oral morphine which helped except when I coughed. Tests, x-ray and ultra sound, etc., showed pleural effusion. Breathlessness stopped me from getting to sleep. Cough medicine helped reduce the cough which caused the worst pain. I am out of hospital after 4 days, feeling better, and am taking penicillin based antibiotics and codeine and paracetamol for pain. Altogether a very nasty experience. My wife told me after a week or so of coughing to get treated with antibiotics - I should have listened.

Comment from: murphy, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: June 28

I went to a well-known home improvement store and bought several bags of dirt, came home and cut one of the bags open. As I pulled the edges open this big puff of gray dust plumped out and I started choking and fanning it away. Not thinking much about it I opened two more and had the same situation took them back to the store and was treated as if I was stupid and overly paranoid. Now looking back I realize that from that point I started feeling bad, tired, everything tasted funny, and as the weeks (2-3) went on I started feeling fatigued and wanted to sleep more through the daytime. I then started getting what I thought a muscle spasm in my right back shoulder area. Then I kept getting spasms and not able to breathe well. Finally I couldn't take it anymore and called a good friend very early one morning and asked them to take me to the hospital. I was in so much pain I was crying. They said I had pneumonia in my lower and middle right lung and that I could stay and take antibiotics there or go home and take them for 5 days. I opted to go home. Well, about 12 hours later I was screaming in pain and gasping for air. The emergency medical technician (EMT) took me to another hospital, I was there for a week.

Comment from: Terri , 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 10

I woke up with stabbing pain under and around my right breast. Every time I took a breath it was severe sharp pain. At first I thought I was having a heart attack. I went to the emergency room and was diagnosed with pleurisy.

Comment from: Anna, 55-64 Male (Caregiver) Published: December 04

I have intermittent pain on my chest, ribs and nipple area while sneezing, exhale gas, reflux gas exit, etc. I have undergone bypass surgery 6 years ago. I am worried if it might be pleurisy.

Comment from: ann, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 21

My pleurisy is caused by rheumatoid arthritis (RA). I have persistent pleural effusion. On the other lung I have nodules.

Comment from: Rosemary , 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: July 17

I had pain in my chest when I breathed deeply or even normally. Before going to my doctor I was shallow breathing. I also had pain in my back on the right side; sometimes a very sharp pain. Suffering with this for a week, I awakened one morning and could barely move. I ached all over, with terrible pain in my right chest and had a 102 fever. I could barely get dressed to go to an afternoon appointment with my doctor. He listened to my chest, took blood and an x-ray and it was pleurisy in my right lung.


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Comment from: mazy, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: June 09

Flu caused my pleurisy.

Comment from: AUDREY, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: April 19

My mother died when she was 29 years old, I was a baby, and I am now 74. My grandmother insisted she died from pleurisy which she got because a nurse gave her an ice bath in error. However, we were told she died from a blood clot due to having been kept in bed for 2 weeks after having her appendix removed. She passed 1 day before she was to be released from the hospital. Just wondering which story to believe, my brother insists my grandmother is correct.

Comment from: Grace, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: July 31

Today I was in the kitchen making food and all of a sudden I felt like I got stabbed in my upper right shoulder through my chest, pretty much where my right breast is. One of the worst sharp/stabbing pains I've ever felt. I have been having trouble getting a big breath for the past couple of days and now I can't get a breath without extreme pain. It's a little better when I'm lying in bed propped up, but when I stand it gets 10 times worse. I am currently on antibiotics for a bacterial infection in my stomach. I don't know what is going on but if I'm not any better by tomorrow I'm going to my doctor. Wondering if it sounds like pleurisy.

Comment from: stevenson, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: June 23

I too was diagnosed with pleurisy a month ago, I felt like I was dying and didn't know what is killing me. But thanks to my doctor, today I am a little bit better than I was a month ago. I have arthritis and so I guess that's how it began with me. But I am treating my arthritis every day and exercising what my doctor told me to do because when I jog I produces enough sputum to alleviate the pain and I am taking medication which helps a lot, especially Xycam which helps with inflammation and omega 3 for the heart.

Comment from: Dee one, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 08

I fell off my porch and my ribs started hurting real bad. I went to the emergency room and was diagnosed with bruised ribs and pleurisy.

Comment from: Ja-me, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 11

I recently had my yearly mammogram. When the technician clamped down on my right side I saw stars. I mentioned that this one really hurt. She said they always do. A week later I was in the emergency room having trouble breathing with tremendous pain in my right side. I had not felt right since that mammogram. I had chest x-ray and was diagnosed with pleurisy. I wonder if the mammogram can have caused this. I am so frustrated!

Comment from: retrorigg, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: January 23

After having flu like symptoms for a week, without warning I got a pain in my shoulder blade on the right hand side. I went to work on the evening as a cab driver and again without warning got a horrendous pain in my right side when breathing in, drove myself to Accident & Emergency where a lot of tests were done and I was diagnosed with pleurisy. I was given antibiotics but they weren't strong enough so took myself to the doctor and he gave me stronger ones, it took around 2 weeks to disappear.


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