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Having C.O.P.D, pain in one side of stomach. No help with antibiotics. Suggestions?

my mam went for a chest x ray last week and they hav called her back but has t wait 4to6 weeks for an appointment...she has C.O.P.D and lately had a pain all down 1 side ov her stomach and she said it felt like wen she had pleurisy the doctor said it was off her chest and thats wen they sent her for an X-ray she has also had a course of antibiotics which has not helped her breathing is still very bad.(i am going to work soon though) sorry
Asked On : Sun, 24 Feb 2013
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Internal Medicine Specialist 's  Response

In copd patients , lung infections are common with infection of the layer covering the lung known as pleura causing pleurisy.

She must had many hospital admission , due to pneumonia/pleurisy , recurrent infections can cause pleurisy

Other causes of pleurisy could be tuberculosis , inflammatory pleuritis etc

She needs steroid long term to suppress copd+pleurisy

Right heart weakness is also common in copd , and pain can come in stomach area , so an echo is also required with autoimmune screeing

Long term oxygen therapy LTOT with a machine used at night known as BIPAP can help alot , with chest exercises to improve breathing (physiotherapy)

Potassium iintake can also make chest mescles improved , i hope x-ray doesnot have fluid in lungs

Hope this helps
Answered: Thu, 29 Aug 2013
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