That was really scary....

@celticeagle (119872)
Boise, Idaho
December 28, 2015 8:44pm CST
I just had a pleurisy attack. They hurt like someone is stabbing you in the chest and back at the same time. I had one of my first while working and I felt like I was having a heart attack. All the symptoms.VERRRRY SCARY. I cannot express to you how very badly it hurts. Have you ever had pleurisy before or heard of it? I hadn't until the doctor at the hospital clued me in. It is caused by an inflammation of the lining of the lungs. Viral infections is usually the problem but in my case I seem to get them when I am hunched over at the computer for long periods. They come at any time and the only thing that seems to help the pain is to drink very cold liquid.
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@just4him (127250)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
29 Dec 15
I get those same kinds of pain and I mentioned it to a nurse while I was in the nursing home and she said it was likely something else, but what you describe is exactly what I feel when that pain comes on, and the last time I got the pain not too long ago I happened to drink some water and it went away. I was surprised. I know I had an aunt with it. I remember hearing her talk about it when I was a kid.
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@celticeagle (119872)
• Boise, Idaho
29 Dec 15
And I don't think there is really anything you can do about it. I just try to set up straight and not slouch. Breathing exercises might help too.
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@just4him (127250)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
29 Dec 15
@celticeagle No nothing helps. When I get the pains they last anywhere from an hour to three hours - excruciating pain.
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@celticeagle (119872)
• Boise, Idaho
29 Dec 15
@just4him ...Cold liquid is all that helps me. I'd try taking a Tylenold or two if they last that long for you.
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@Asylum (48224)
• Manchester, England
29 Dec 15
I have never been unfortunate enough to experience pleurisy, although I am aware of it. It is often feared that someone who has pneumonia for an extended time will subsequently acquire pleurisy.
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@celticeagle (119872)
• Boise, Idaho
29 Dec 15
I can see where they might. With the weakened condition of the lungs.
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@Asylum (48224)
• Manchester, England
29 Dec 15
@celticeagle That is exactly the concern.
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@celticeagle (119872)
• Boise, Idaho
29 Dec 15
@Asylum ...Yes, it would be.
@poehere (17680)
• French Polynesia
29 Dec 15
I am so sorry to hear this has happened to you. I have not heard of this before or ever experienced one before. I hope you will be fine and all will be good.
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@celticeagle (119872)
• Boise, Idaho
29 Dec 15
It is usually over pretty quickly. Thank goodness.
@poehere (17680)
• French Polynesia
29 Dec 15
@celticeagle Glad it didn't last long and you are better now.
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@celticeagle (119872)
• Boise, Idaho
29 Dec 15
@poehere ...Thanks.
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@kaka135 (14115)
• Malaysia
29 Dec 15
That sounds scary. I have not heard about it before. Perhaps you should just watch when you use the computer. Hope you won't experience that anymore.
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@celticeagle (119872)
• Boise, Idaho
29 Dec 15
I hadn't heard of it either until I had my first attack. Have to set up straight.
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@kaka135 (14115)
• Malaysia
3 Jan 16
@celticeagle Yes, also remember to at least walk around after sitting in front of the screen for maybe an hour. I always remind myself to leave my computer for every 30 minutes, as my eyes might get painful.
• United States
29 Dec 15
No, but I used to have severe panic attacks and the first time it happened I thought I was having a heart attack. Hope you are better now.
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@celticeagle (119872)
• Boise, Idaho
29 Dec 15
I have those now but only when things get real bad. Fingers are crossed. This just came on because of how I was crouched over the computer and staying warm.
@TheHorse (72513)
• Walnut Creek, California
29 Dec 15
I'd heard of pleurisy. But I didn't know that drinking cold liquid helped. Glad you're OK and that your heart is not attacking you.
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@celticeagle (119872)
• Boise, Idaho
29 Dec 15
It helps me. My heart is strong, it's the rest of me that is weak. Haha
29 Dec 15
i don't know what pleurisy is, but you are the second person to write about it recently in my world. i need to read up on it so that i understand.
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@celticeagle (119872)
• Boise, Idaho
29 Dec 15
It is rather odd. I think I get it because I am slouched over the computer so much.
@Blondie2222 (22595)
• United States
29 Dec 15
I get them alot but mostly in my sides as i've had so many surgeries etc. They do hurt and I'm always in tears when they happen. There's no medicine you can take for it either as i am told
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@celticeagle (119872)
• Boise, Idaho
29 Dec 15
I get cramps in my sides sometimes. No medicine and by the time a aspirin or something would take affect the attack would be over anyway. Cold liquid is the only thing that helps quickly.
@Freelanzer (9498)
• Canada
29 Dec 15
Heard the name but never knew what it was. No I never had it but it does sound scary. Hope you are feeling better
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@celticeagle (119872)
• Boise, Idaho
29 Dec 15
All better. It does make me quite tired though. It is scary.
@Jessicalynnt (47880)
• Centralia, Missouri
1 Jan 16
Oh I had never heard of this, will have to read more. I know the first time i had a panic attack I was lucky to know what it was, those can mimic all kinds of things
@celticeagle (119872)
• Boise, Idaho
2 Jan 16
Yes, and they are so painful.
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