Hi I have had a bad chest for 6 days now and after having a course of antibiotics and steroids feel no better. My GP has now said I have pleurisy and put me on new antibiotics. My chest and ribs hurt so much when I cough and I can't sleep. Any advice would be appreciated . I'm a 62 yr old female. Thank you.
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Hi I have had a number of episodes of pleurisy. The pain can be horrible and annoying. Over the years I have found the only things that help me is rest and a gentle heat over the painful area. Heat patches or the rice filled micro wave bags are very good. Sadly it may take some time to clear. I have learnt that rushing recovery only prolonged the symptoms. I found holding a cushion to my chest when coughing did ease the pain to some degree. Take care
You have my sympathy Davidkarl2boys . It is excruciating and it takes time to heal. Like Badbessie said a hot 🔥 pack will help immemsely. I also found sleeping at an angle, slightly sitting up helps a lot. Wishing you a speedy recovery. xx 👋😊