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Pleurisy

This isn't snowboarding related, well not that I know of. Who knows if all those rib shots I took over the years contributed...

Anyway, I've been sick with a sore throat and coughing for what's going on three weeks. The coughing was at its worse on Sunday. Well, Monday I was fine aside from light coughing and sore throat when all of a sudden I had a sharp, sharp pain in my left lung area.

I thought it was my ulcer returning so I got up to walk it off. What followed next was the single most painful experience of my life. I broke my hand twice, had a broken nose, mild concussion, and numerous sprains and pulled muscles... none held a candle to this pain I experienced.

Spent the night in the hospital over 4th of July and they concluded that I got pleurisy. It's an inflammation of the lining of the lungs. So basically, every time I breath or move, my left lung is raw rubbing against my chest walls.

I've never cried in pain, but this time I did. I had tears flowing like a little baby lol.

Anyway, I highly recommend that you guys go to the doc's office if you have a cough that lasts longer than a couple of days. They said the pleurisy was most likely related to my cough. Meaning viral or bacterial, it went to my lung.

I don't wish this pain on my worst enemy...


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Looked it up on Wiki, doesn't sound fun at all (not that I doubted your toughness or anything, haha).

In all seriousness though, hope that it all clears up soon! And don't flirt with the nurses too much
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Looked it up on Wiki, doesn't sound fun at all (not that I doubted your toughness or anything, haha).

In all seriousness though, hope that it all clears up soon! And don't flirt with the nurses too much
LoL yea. I did have a couple hot nurses and nurse assistants. It's okay though, I married a nurse

About the pain, I saw a mother saying that pleurisy is worse than child birth...


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LoL yea. I did have a couple hot nurses and nurse assistants. It's okay though, I married a nurse

About the pain, I saw a mother saying that pleurisy is worse than child birth...
Wait... what

Damn dude, that's intense. I wouldn't try telling your wife that though... might get you slightly maimed.
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Wait... what

Damn dude, that's intense. I wouldn't try telling your wife that though... might get you slightly maimed.
I already did lol. Funny thing is, I told her that my pain is probably worse than when she popped our son out. Then I just happened to find another mother saying that when I was researching what I had which validated my comment haha.

Besides, I'm already broken right now. Still have my broken hand healing and a swollen jaw problem. Wife is really nice to me right now


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We've had a pretty vicious flu decimating the office for the last month. At least two people that I know of had it turn into pneumonia. It's a two-week flu as well, not your namby-pamby 3-4 day variety. I was off work for a week, and I'm just now starting to think about exercising again.

Dunno if it's the same thing that caught Leo, but sure as hell something's going around right now, and if you get it your best bet is to hide under the covers for a few days.


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Here you go Leo, a totally unrelated song that has the word Plurisy in it.

YouTube - ‪The Gumboot Song‬‏

Hope it heals/gets better soon. And just to let you know, I'm a little skeptical about you saying that you heard a woman say that "its worse than child birth"...every man knows that a woman would never admit that something was worse that child birth (either that or her kids are all adopted). Its the one thing that they think they have over us, not that most guys I know care haha. Maybe you were morphed up and it was just the noise of the aircon that you heard, and equated it to voices?

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I actually read it on a motherhood forum lol. I saw a lot of them say kidney stones were worse than childbirth and one that said pleurisy was too. Pleurisy isn't too common so not a lot know about the pain.

I'm feeling better now, but I'm horrified at the thought of its return. You know? I've had it once so...


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A motherhood forum? Haha, WTF?
And yes, if you've had it once, and it was that bad, you'd hope that a second bout was not worse (i heard that denghi fever is worse the second time around). How long did it take to clear up if you don't mind me asking?

I still think if you told some women that you've had pleurisy and it was worse than child birth, they'd scoff at you like you were some kind of crazy.

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Yea, I wouldn't dare say that to anyone other than my wife whom is in the medical field lol.

I still have some lingering discomfort and get sharp pains depending on how I'm moving. I'm on the 5th day with it now.

However, I've been taking anti-biotics (supposedly a real strong one called avelox), pain killers, and steroids. That in itself is risky because one of the major side-effects of Avelox is a weakened Achilles tendon and steroids increase that risk. Good thing that's only temporary though. Needless to say, I've been taking it really easy on the walking and stuff.

They really can't treat pleurisy other than give steroids to keep the inflammation down and Tylenol for the pain. They try to treat the other symptoms like my cough to prevent further irritation so that's what the anti-biotics are for.

I hate being on all these meds, but I much rather be cocktailed up with some discomfort and pain for a couple of weeks than be in severe pain for even one day.


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