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Dr. Andrew Rynne
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Suggest treatment for pleurisy

I was diagnosis with pleurisy last Tuesday, and am still having sharp pains in my right side of my chest, rib cage and right shoulder blade and lower half of my back. I have already had an EKG and I am having a chest xray today. How long can these symptoms last can could it be something more serious?
Wed, 5 Nov 2014
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Treatment of pleurisy is depending on cause. There many causes for pleurisy. But the most common ones are
1. Pneumonia.
2. Tb
3. Pleural effusion.
4. Pulmonary contusions.
So better to get done chest x ray and start treatment accordingly.
If chest x ray is normal than possibility of muscular pain is more.
Try to follow these for muscular pain.
1. Avoid heavy weight lifting.
2. Avoid strenuous exercise.
3. Take good painkillers and muscle relaxant.
4. Avoid bad postures in sleep.
5. Aplly warm water pad to the affected site
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