I always thought "pleurisy" was one of those archaic medical terms that referred to something that was not actually a thing, like, "the vapors" or "catarrh". It turns out pleurisy is actually a real thing, and I actually have it, though it's a term for a condition and not a particular disease. Pleurisy describes a general inflammation of the pleural lining around the lungs. In my case, it made it painful to breathe. It can be caused by any number of things, but in my case it is most likely the result of a viral infection.

The doctor prescribed an anti-inflammatory, and told me I could stop taking it as soon as I felt better. I started feeling better within 24 hours of course, because I take medication pretty rarely. I took the medicine for another day just to be safe, but didn't take it yesterday. Today, my lungs started hurting again. Dang. I think I'm going to take it for the rest of this week.

2012.01.16 at 11:30am EST