Breathing- hypocondria

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Hello, about 6 weeks ago i got the flu, or virus or bronchitis or something, anyway , my Dr. gave me steroid inhaler and rescue inhaler in case I needed it, because I could not stop coughing, and just  felt crappy for a couple of week, no energy etc.. Since that time I am feeling much better, other than, when I take a really deep breath I can feel it hurts or should I say uncomfortable in the bronchial lung area.It feels like it still is not totally healed up So of course every few minutes I am taking a deep breath in the hopes it will go away. I am sure I am exacerbating the situation by focuses all day long on my breathing. as I am a hypercondriac..I hope that is the case, but for the last few weeks I have been freaking out that it is something horrible.. Can anyone give me some good positive info. am afraid to get a chest x-ray because I have smoked for  33 years ( I don't smoke anymore) Any comfort would be appreciated. Has anyone had a similar expierience. Thank u in advance for any help

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    Kathy - Sounds like it could well be Pleurisy.  Have been there, most unpleasant.  Please go seeyour doctor.  Yes, will need an X-Ray - mebbe even a high resolution CT scan - no need for contrast dyes.  IF it is pleurisy, then will no doubt be treated with inhalants, possibly antibiotics.  But best to get it cleared up 'before' any damage happens along/

    Do not be hung up about being a smoker in the past.  Terrif you gave them up - congrats.  Now, get thee to yr doctor and best wishes for a swift recovery - it might not be pleurisy, perhaps just lingering bronchitis.  But please do see your GP.  

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