When you see your doctor with chest pain from
pleurisy, he or she will check:
Your temperature. If pleurisy is caused by a
viral infection, typical viral symptoms of fever, headache, and muscle aches
may be present.
Your breathing. You may be taking rapid and shallow
breaths to avoid the chest pain of pleurisy.
Whether the pain
varies depending on your actions. The chest pain of pleurisy is usually worse
with coughing, sneezing, or during sudden movements. It may ease when you hold
your breath or apply pressure to the painful area.
Where the pain
is. The chest pain of pleurisy may be on only one side of the chest or may
extend to a shoulder or the belly.
Your doctor also will listen to your chest for:
Dull thuds heard when the chest is tapped
Sounds made when the two layers of the
pleura rub together (pleural friction rub).