I had a pulmonary embolism which caused pleural effusion in my left lung. I've had it for 5 weeks I'm still in a lot of pain,I can't sleep and have dizzy spells is it normal for me to still have it or should I be worried
This is a question for your doctor. It's impossible to answer. Pleural effusions can be caused by many conditins.
The effusion is a collection of fluid between the lung and the chest wall.
The pain results from inflammation and may be increased with deep breaths.
You may also have pain to the shoulder and upper abdomen on that side from diaphragmatic irritation.
You should see your doctor to make sure the effusion isn't increasing.
You are very fortunate to have come through the pulmonary embolism.
You may want to try a heating pad for the pain. Make sure you deep breathe and cough and be active.
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