What can I do to ease the pain of pleurisy?
The pain and inflammation associated with pleurisy is usually treated with nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB, others).
Occasionally, your doctor may prescribe steroid medication.
The outcome of pleurisy treatment depends on the seriousness of the underlying disease..
How do you sleep with pleurisy?
You may find it comfortable to lie on the side that has the pleurisy. Change your position often to prevent complications, such as worsening pneumonia or a lung collapse. Use pressure to prevent pain. Hold a pillow against your chest when you cough or take a deep breath.
Should you go to the ER for pleurisy?
Get emergency medical help for any chest pain or difficulty breathing. Even if you have already been diagnosed with pleurisy, call your doctor right away for even a low grade fever. A fever may be present if there is any infection or inflammation.
Is pleurisy worse when lying down?
Shortness of breath and pleuritic chest pain may suggest pulmonary embolism, pneumonia, or pneumothorax. Pleuritic chest pain that is worse when the person is lying on their back compared with when they are upright may indicate pericarditis.
Can the pain of pleurisy come and go?
How long pleurisy lasts depends on its cause. For example, pleurisy caused by pleurodynia may come and go over a few days. In rare cases, a person with pleurodynia may have several episodes of pleuritic chest pain over several weeks before the illness finally goes away.
How do you feel when you have pleurisy?
The most common symptom of pleurisy is a sharp chest pain when breathing deeply. Sometimes the pain is also felt in the shoulder. The pain may be worse when you cough, sneeze or move around, and it may be relieved by taking shallow breaths. Other symptoms can include shortness of breath and a dry cough.