I've had pleurisy in March of this year, and now have bronchitis, is this normally associated with Fibromyalgia?

Pleurisy can be caused by

Pleurisy can be caused by many things; it is often a symptom of some other underlying disorder. Pneumothorax (collapsed lung), infection, chest injury, and autoimmune disorders are some of the causes of pleurisy, which causes sharp, stabbing pain on inspiration. Sometimes pleurisy occurs for no reason that can be detected and is termed "idiopathic".

Bronchitis can be caused by viruses or bacteria. Bronchitis symptoms can include cough, fever, colored sputum, fatigue and pleuritic chest pain when coughing. It can be diagnosed by exam and chest x-ray.

These two conditions are not generally associated with fibromyalgia. Some believe that fibromyalgia has a root in an infectious cause, but I have not seen brochitis or pleurisy commonly associated with the condition.

My advice is to ask your physician why you have had both pleurisy and bronchitis within several months, and ask if he/she believes the two episodes are related. Perhaps you require further investigation of your lungs. It may be that the original case of plerisy was infectious in nature and was inadequately treated, weakening your lungs and making them more susceptible to bronchitis. Do you know whether the two conditions ocurred in the same lung fields?

Bottom line: if you are concerned or are not getting better, you may want to consider asking your physician to investigate the underlying cause of both your pleurisy and bronchitis.

Jennifer Bunn, RN

Both illnesses have occurred

Both illnesses have occurred in the same lung field. While I've just finished a round of antibiotics for the bronchitis, I never had a fever. CT scans show me clear of bronchitis and pneumonia, but I'm still having breathing difficulty and other issues. I have a lung function test coming up and have been referred to a rheumatologist due to some lab results that just came back (very high RA factor).

It's good that you are seeing

It's good that you are seeing a rheumatologist, as there is obviously something going on! With the elevation in the marker for rheumatoid arthritis, an autoimmune problem is likely. Lung problems are sometimes seen in association with RA.

Good luck and let us know how you get on!

Jennifer Bunn, RN


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