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Pleurisy, or pleuritis, is a condition in which the double membrane, or pleura, that lines the chest cavity and surrounds each of your lungs becomes inflamed. Most of the symptoms of pleurisy are very similar to signs of viral infection - fever, fatigue, muscle and joint pain but a few symptoms, such as chest pain and breathing difficulties, are specific only to the condition. Pleurisy is a severe condition that might reoccur even after treatment, so it is essential to contact your doctor as soon as possible.

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1. Chest Pain

When the pleura becomes inflamed, the layers rub together, causing chest pain. This is known as pleuritic pain and is specific to this condition. The pain usually starts suddenly, and patients describe it as a stabbing pain, which gets worse with breathing. Pleuretic pain is usually present only on one side of the chest, and the patient will typically be able to point to the exact location of the pain.

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