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Pleurisy Exams and Tests
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The doctor will ask you many questions about the pain, such as where it is located, how long it has been there, and how you've tried to make it better. The doctor will also ask about your personal habits, especially smoking, including the use of tobacco and street drugs such as marijuana and cocaine. Do not hide any information from the doctor. Anything you say will be just between the two of you, and you won't get in trouble with the law.
The doctor will perform a complete physical examination and may do a number of tests to exclude other conditions.
Self-Care at Home for Pleurisy
Some chest pain is dangerous. Sometimes even an experienced doctor can't tell you the exact cause of your pain. Pleurisy is frequently diagnosed only when other more serious causes have been ruled out.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/29/2015
Christopher P Holstege, MD
Nathan P Charlton, MD
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