Hi i have been diagnosed with 2 chest infections in the last 3 months with pleurisy, this time i needed stronger antibiotics as the first lot did not help. I still have lower rib pain and a bad cough, still bringing up phlem also. My ribs hurt to touch like a stinging feeling, and when i learn forward i get a tight pressure in my chest area. Any advie please as my GP just keeps saying the same thing and will not send me for xrays or bloods and am worried.
Your GP should be taking you and your symptoms more seriously. Your description suggests that your lungs may never have completely cleared after the initial infection and that they remain infected and that the same infection has resulted in inflammation/infection of the pleura, the cause of the pleuritic chest chest pain.
You should seriously consider requesting a second opinion, by a doctor not professionally associated with your GP. He may even want to suggest a consultant. You should definitely have a chest X-ray, a blood count and culture of your sputum by the microbiology lab, without further delay.
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