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What is it?
Sharp or stabbing pains in the chest or shoulder – felt with every breath – can be a sign of pleurisy. the condition is caused by inflammation of the pleura; two delicate membranes which separate the lungs from the chest wall. The pleura are lubricated by fluid which allows them to move smoothly against each other as the lungs expand and contract during breathing. In pleurisy, the fluid becomes sticky, and the doctor may hear through the stethoscope a pleural rub, like two pieces of sandpaper rubbing together. Pleurisy is usually caused by a virus infection of the pleura. Other causes can include pneumonia, injury to the chest wall, inflammation of the pericardial lining of the heart after heart attack or because of infection. Warning If pleurisy is suspected, consult a doctor before undertaking any alternative treatment.
Sharp or stabbing pain in the chest or shoulder when breathing.
Conventional Practice:
A doctor may arrange for an x-ray to help determine the cause. If pneumonia is found it is usually cleared with a course of antibiotics. If there is a blood clot in the lung, the doctor will recommend blood thinning drugs such as heparin and warfarin.
Alternative Treatments:
  Naturopathy has concentrated on helping the body to cure itself. It aims to do this by means of various therapies, chiropractic, diets and dieting, exercise, hydrotherapy, massage, osteopathy, relaxation and breathing, and yoga. It also encourages people to think positively in terms of good health. More Info
  Homoeopathy aims to treat the whole person. Illness is seen as a sign of disharmony or inner imbalance. More Info

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