Monday, December 8, 2008


In case, you don't know what Pleurisy is, like I didn't, I googled it.
Pleurisy SymptomsYou can have many symptoms with pleurisy. Chest pain: This is the most common symptom. The pain is generally a sharp, stabbing pain, but may also be a dull ache or a burning sensation. It is usually worse when you take a deep breath, cough, or move around. The pain is usually better if you take shallow breaths or lie on the side that hurts. Chest pain is what usually causes people with pleurisy to seek medical attention.

Let me tell you, if you have ever had Pleurisy you will know what I am talking about, if not you don't want to know. Cause....... IT HUURRTTSS!!!!!!!!!!!

I have had this cough and congestion that just will not go away, so, I finally decide to go to the doctor because my back and side was hurting when I would cough. The doctor just thought it was a pulled muscle from coughing. (this was on Wednesday) Each day the pain in my side was getting worse, even on antibiotics. So, the doc calls in pain meds and orders an x-ray on Friday.
I have to go all weekend long not knowing what is wrong because the docs office closed early and nobody bothered to call and let me know what the x-ray showed. (luckily it was clear)
So, today I go back to the doctor to let him tell me what everybody else had been telling me it was. He told me nothing really would fix it but time and then turned around and gave me three different meds. Which, I am not going to take because I hate taking medicine.

I thought I was pretty tough when it comes to pain (well minor pain). I always look when I get shots or I V's. None of that stuff has ever bothered me. I like giving blood, it just don't bother me.

UNTIL...... this piercing/stabbing pain I have had in my side for 5 days. I am here to tell you it hurts and it hurts bad. If I didn't have to cough or breathe for that matter, I would feel just fine.

Just thought I would update all those that have wished me well. Thanks


Shaunta said...

I can remember my grandparents saying that they had pleurisy every year since I was really little (well, Pawpaw still says that), but I never knew exactly what it was other than it hurt. Thanks for the definition! Sorry you are going through that! I know it stinks! Praying it goes away soon!

Cheryl said...

Ohhhh! I have heard this was really painful! Sorry you have had this and hope your feeling much better today!! Take care.

Carrie said...

So sorry you are ailing! I know someone that is still trying to get over having that. You and her need to talk.

Hope you feel better soon!

Karri said...

So sorry you are not feeling well! Patients, even the tough ones, always say how bad this hurts. So, believe me, no one thinks you are being a wuss about this! Get better soon!