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Old 06-13-2011, 10:17 AM   #1
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Constant lung pain for months after flu

Hi all. I have CFIDS (Chronic fatigue syndrome) & adrenal insufficiency which I take hydrocortisone for.

I got a severe flu late January this year, and ever since, have had rather bad pain in a very specific spot in the left lung. It gets worse when I'm upright trying to do things (I lay down about 22hrs+ out of every day because of the CFS). It's very frustrating because it makes me not be able to get up even worse than usual. The chest feels very heavy and sore being up.

Also got a 2nd flu not quite bad as the first about a month ago. After 2 weeks of double dose HC it gradually subsided and I got a bit better. However now I'm back to the standard sore left lung (also upper respiratory hurts and throat too mildly, but fairly constant).

My immune system isn't great because of the CFS already, but this is rather worrying because it hasn't improved 4 months later. Hurts to breathe in and only laying back down helps.

I've seen a GP, he *actually* said.. "what do you want me to do about it?" which was kind of startling. He just listened to chest and said it sounds clear. Yeah thanks heaps mate, very helpful.

Any ideas who I should see? Tests to ask for? Thanks.

 
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Re: Constant lung pain for months after flu

Have you had a chest x-ray at any point? Do your lungs feel tight overall, or is it mainly just that one spot?

 
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Old 06-13-2011, 12:52 PM   #3
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Re: Constant lung pain for months after flu

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Have you had a chest x-ray at any point? Do your lungs feel tight overall, or is it mainly just that one spot?
It's an area in the left lung, cant pinpoint exactly but its always the same and more specific on 'bad days' with it. Also the general upper respiratory area hurts. Painful cough that also worsens when its bad.

My whole chest feels very heavy with the pain too when im up and about too long. hurts more to breathe in, but not that very sharp stabbing pain some people get when breathing in (ive had that before too but this is quite different). Feels to me like a small pocket of damage or something, that's just a random guess/explaination.

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Re: Constant lung pain for months after flu

Pneumonia can indeed leave scars behind on the lungs. Probably you want a chest x-ray, because that should show up.

There are respiratory therapy techniques that can help reduce the effects of lung injury or severe lung illness. No personal knowledge there, I just know the treatment exists.

 
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Re: Constant lung pain for months after flu

You should have your lungs tested by a lung specialist. If you hurt when you breath or have constant on and off burning anywhere around the lung area you need have it evaluated. I had the same thing happen to me, my doc said you just have live with it if it don't go away. There was no urgency for me to be seen by a lung specialist which I will have to request on my own. I wouldn't wait, you don't want further damage to occur in the future that can be avoided. Also if any inhalers will allow your lung to heal or prevent pain, the lung doctor would prescribe them. I have had normal chest xray and no wheezing, serveral doctors listen to me breath seems fine. But doctors don't do pulmunary lung tests, they miss things, and a chest xray sure doesn't show everything. A ct scan has 3 years of radiation, equivelent being in the sun 3 years so they do this only if really needed. I'd see a lung doctor ASAP, call them set up the appointment, don't wait.

 
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