I’ve suffered with chest pain, weakness, lack of energy, shortness of breat and rapid heart beats fo

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I am a 45 year old male who is very active For the past 4 years I walk at least 5 miles a day i do smoke cigarettes, about a pack and a half for the past 20 years , Approximately a year ago I started having chest pains I didn't give it much thought until about 6 months ago because other symptoms arise Along with the cheat pains are weakness, light headed, loss of energy, headaches and stiffness in my lower back I DO NOT LIKE HOSPITALS at all so when this happens i dreadfully go they did chest x-rays MRI and blood work the informed me that i have Pleurisy within the past 6 months I've been to the ER 4 times with very bad cheat pains along with the other symptoms and every time the do the same tests and tell me the same thing Pleurisy 3 days ago every thing began again so i did nothing because to be honest I feel embarrassed because I know what their going to do and say but this time the chest pain along with the other symptoms will not stop I'm also having ringing in my ears does anyone know or think that the doctors are missing something ? thank you in advance for any input

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    Hi TROY, hasn't any Dr. given you treatment for this ? IF i were you I'd see a pulmonary doctor or your primary care dr. to get treatment for the cause of this pleurisy...I AM SAME as you about hospitals and doctors, but they are there to help people and they know people don't like hospitals. JUST GO AND get treatment and you will feel much better. Go to walk in too . GET better soon. 

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    Your risking your life every time you smoke a cigarette, pleurasy is a nasty illness that can progress to pneumonia and because you keep repeatedly getting it and obviously carry on puffing then theirs not much can be done because your not helping yourself.

    I don't mean to be harsh but your not listening to your body or the expert's but your thinking that by asking online someone will give you a way to carry on smoking and get rid of the chest pain, face it, if you want to keep on being active and healthy theirs only one solution.

    I was like you only my wake up call was pleurasy followed by a dose of bronchitis, I too smoked but I stopped before hopefully it wasn't too late, 11 years now and no pleurasy or bronchitis.

    Please get checked out and treated and if you truly want to not have to keep going down this route quit while it will make a difference.

    My mum died of lung cancer after numerous bouts of pleurasy and pneumonia.

    Good luck and sorry if i come across as too much

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      Thank you for being very direct your comment is spot on I actually haVe a doctors appointment this morning to get on meds to help me quit smoking

      I'm very sorry to hear about your mom I had to watch my aunt suffer with the same thing until she passed

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      I know im told i can be offensive, its not intentional i promise just an inability to use kid gloves, I am really pleased your taking the initiative and asking for help.

      Im always about and try to support anyone willing to give it a go, its not easy but just wanting to quit is 90% of the battle, the rest is erm a bit easier LOL champix is a route but i think it can prolong it but whichever way you decide im soo happy your going on the right road.

      Let me know how you get on

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      I'm a straight forward person also, I believe that's the only way to be. They started me on Wellbutrin. I can't wait until I no longer smoke. I've been needing to do this a long time. Thank you very much for being straight forward with me and your concerns.

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