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Lung & Respiratory Disorders / COPD Message Board

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It sounds as if a call to your doctor may be a good thing. How did they treat your pleurisy before? One thing for sure, the cigarettes are irritating things. It's probably best to avoid them...forever...well, for now at least if you can.

I have pains associated with deep breaths in connection with my pleural effusions, but they have also told me I have opacities in my lungs, that they think to be areas of collapsed lung (atelectasis). Those areas can develop as a result of surgery. Soo, I have been told when I experience pain, to take deep breaths. I don't know what that helps with, but I do know that it hurts even more than the occasional spontaneous sharp pains I get. So surgery can cause some difficulties with your lungs because of the shallow breathing as a result of anesthesia.

It certainly wouldn't hurt to talk to your physician about what's happening to see how you should proceed.

I hope all is minimal and you find yourself feeling better.

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