Advice re pleurisy in copd patient

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hi all. My husband has copd and bronchiectasis. He had strong pains in his back, lung area and was diagnosed last Thursday with pleurisy (after x Ray and ct scan). As it is a virus they do not prescribe anything other than pain killers. Does anyone have any experience of pleurisy or how long it lasts? Thanks.

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    Pleurisy isn't a virus in itself, it's inflammation of the lung lining, but can be caused by a virus.   Your husband doesn't have two lung conditions:  COPD stands for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and covers more than one lung condition, including bromchiiectasis.

    Sorry, I have no idea how long it could last but haven't you asked the docttors this?   They would know his specific condition better than anyone else

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      Thanks Jude. Yes I realise copd is a covering term but wanted to be more specific when detailing. We only found out on Thursday evening what was wrong , after x Ray and scan and to be honest , we're so pleased that it wasn't pneumonia, clot or collapsed lung (as these were the other possibilities) that we didn't ask too many questions. Being the Easter weekend the Drs are closed until Tuesday so I thought I would ask the forum especially as it is people who may have had experience of it.

      Julia , thanks, he had just completed a course of antibiotics as he thought it was a chest infection so the Dr said that that was enough.

      thank you both for replying, it helps to liase with people in the same situation.

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      Broncheictasis and COPD are two completely different things. COPD is narrowing of the airways and Bronchiectasis is a widening of the airways. Bronchiectasis does not fall under the umberella term of COPD , people who have this are known as non CF Bronchiectasis patients as their lungs are the same as someone who has Cystic fibrosis.


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    Hi Sonsy

    I have copd stage 4 on oxygen 4 hours a day and i have had plerisy quite a lot one time i had it for nearly 18 months they tried every antibiotic and they had to chop and change them quite regular very painful and a lot of discomfort 

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    Hi Sonsy

    You may want to familiarize yourself with Pleurisy and Bronchiectasis and COPD they are all different health issues.

    You really need to speak to your doctor concerning the discomfort your husband is experiencing, if the lungs are inflamed as the pain in your husbands back and lung area indicate you would normally be prescribed steroid tablets but it really depends how your husbands lungs are affected, if there is a lung infection or pneumonia which has resulted in pleurisy.  Either way your GP can prescribe adequate pain killers for your husband.

    A few links below will help you understand the difference between each lung condition, there is also a discussion forums for pleurisy and bronchiectasis patients.

    Pleurisy search link patient uk:

    Bronchiectasis search link patient uk:

    COPD: -

    What is chronic obstructive pulmonary disease?

    Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a general term which includes the conditions chronic bronchitis and emphysema. COPD is the preferred term.

    Chronic means persistent.

    Bronchitis is inflammation of the bronchi (the airways of the lungs).

    Emphysema is damage to the smaller airways and air sacs (alveoli) of the lungs.

    Pulmonary means 'affecting the lungs'.

    Chronic bronchitis or emphysema can cause obstruction (narrowing) of the airways. Chronic bronchitis and emphysema commonly occur together. The term COPD is used to describe airflow obstruction due to chronic bronchitis, emphysema, or both.

    Search link patient UK:

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