I have had pleurisy many times over the years. usually once or twice a year. I am now retired and take much better care of myself, so it has been a while since I ve been sick. Just left the doc who said it is viral at this point. That s ok. I know what to do and she gave me some good ideas. (There is rheumatoid arthritis in my history, and I have a touch of it.) This time, I have bloating in my abdomen. Cannot eat much. which is also OK. However, I do not remember that symptom with the previous occurrences. What do you think? Is inflammation pressing down on my abdomen?