Talk with your doctor about any chest pain that worries you. Many causes of
chest pain are dangerous and even life-threatening.
You should almost always see a doctor for new chest pain, especially if you are very short of breath, have a high fever, or feel lightheaded or if the pain keeps you from moving around comfortably.
chest pain is dangerous. Sometimes even an experienced doctor can't tell you the exact cause of your pain. Pleurisy is frequently diagnosed only when other more serious causes have been ruled out.
Pleurisy can cause intense discomfort. If your pain is not well controlled, you may develop pneumonia because you can't breathe and cough appropriately. Increasing shortness of breath, coughing up more phlegm, intense shaking chills (called rigors), and high fevers should prompt reevaluation by a doctor. If the pain gets worse in spite of prescribed
medication or if your symptoms do not improve after a week, you should get reevaluated by a physician.
Most pleurisy is caused by infection and is unavoidable. You can avoid severe pleuritic chest pain by early diagnosis and treatment with anti-inflammatory drugs.
Pleurisy caused by viral infections usually lasts about seven days and goes away. Pleurisy from other conditions, such as a cancer , may continue indefinitely.
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