I've had several big infections during the past year. All treated aggressively with oral antibiotics (UTIs and osteomyelitis & sinusitis and cellulitis). My SLE pattern seems to be catching any infection going.
in the past year I've noticed what i think of as "pleuritic pain" seeming to flare up and settle down in parts of my chest/ribs/lung region for a few days during these other infections.. Yes, I've been prone to mouth/throat/lung infections all my life and had pleurisy diagnosed and treated once, but this past year these sort of "sideline pleuritic pain" flares seem to just kind of sort themselves out -maybe thanks to being on plaquenil for a year now (I've had SLE all my life, but only been diagnosed in the uk since last June). I become aware of the pleuritic pain flare, it settles in to a part of my chest, giving a mix of hot sore/prickly/sharp/aching pain for say 5-6 days, and then it fades away
Following lots of experience managing my own versions of muscle/joint pain for many years, don't think this chest/ribs/lungs pain is simply muscle strain of some sort
Is anyone experienced in having & managing these sort pleuritic pain flares?
Does what I'm describing make sense or ring a bell with any of you?
I'm not anxious about this, but I would like to see how this could be part of my lupus picture, and how i can be sensible about keeping an eye on it. I admit: my past chest infections have been bad enough to make me want to practice prevention a go go!