Help Me Understand This Pain
I'm having this pain that confuses me. I've had pericarditis a bunch of times (again recently.) The pain I've been having today (and yesterday) is different. I'm guessing pleurisy, but I'm not sure. It's on my left side, lower chest, under (around?) my ribs. Very, very sharp, stabbing pain - quite literally takes my breath away. It feels almost like a spasm of some kind. It's not particularly affected by taking a deep breath, and I seem to get them more when I'm sitting down than standing up. I called my rheumy and she suspects pleurisy, too, so she bumped up my prednisone (gee, what a surprise) again. How I hate this drug, but how I hope it helps. Can anyone tell me if this sounds like pleurisy? If it doesn't clear up in a day or two, of course I'll go in to the doc. But I was hoping someone who has a history of that might be able to help me understand it.
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