The most notable symptom of pleurisy is chest pain that occurs when you breathe, cough, sneeze, or move your chest in other ways. You may also experience shoulder pain, breathing difficulties, fever, chills, unexplained weight loss, and coughing as a result of the condition. Treatment for pleurisy will help relieve these uncomfortable symptoms.
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Penn Medicine answeredThe main symptom of pleurisy is sharp pain that occurs when inhaling and exhaling or with coughing. Some people experience pain in the shoulder. When fluid collects in the chest cavity as a result of pleurisy, it may cause additional symptoms, including:
- Shortness of breath
- Rapid breathing
- Bluish skin (cyanosis)
Chest pain: Chest pain is the most common symptom seen in pleurisy and is usually the reason a person seeks medical attention. The pain is usually described as a sharp, stabbing pain that worsens when a person breathes deeply, coughs, laughs, sneezes, or moves. However, the pain may also be a continuous, dull ache in the patient's chest. The pain usually stays within the chest area, but it could extend to the shoulders, neck, back, or abdomen.
Shortness of breath: Many patients with pleurisy experience shortness of breath, also known as dyspnea. This could be caused by the pain or from an underlying condition, like pneumonia or lung disease. It may also be caused by pleural effusion, a fluid buildup that puts pressure on the lungs, making it harder to breathe.
Cough: A cough may be present with certain causes of pleurisy. The cough may be dry or productive, generating mucus and/or blood. Pneumonia and tuberculosis are two conditions that may cause cough.
Other: Depending on the underlying cause of pleurisy, the patient may also experience fever, chills, fatigue, weight loss, poor appetite, sore throat, and dizziness. These symptoms often indicate an infection is present.
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