Hello, I was wondering if anyone has experienced pleurisy and if it gets better with higher steroids? It started with chest pain spreading through left shoulder which was diagnosed as pleurisy at ER Saturday but it doesn't hurt when I cough, I'm not coughing at all just extremely short of breath to where I can't talk, and I haven't been able to lean backwards/lie down so I've been sleeping upright in my recliner.
My face keeps flushing/feeling hot on and off but I have no fever. My blood pressure is ranging from 149/104 to 155/116 when I take it at home. It was elevated Saturday at ER but not that high, and came down after fluids and anti-inflammatory. The pain is not constant, but comes in attacks usually when I try to get out of my chair.
My Rheumatologist said rest and finish my steroid burst but I am concerned it seems to be getting worse, not better. Has anyone else experienced this? I am debating whether to go back to the ER today as I have no insurance, but am afraid it might be my heart.