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pleurisy - related/unrelated to ACDF?



  • I had a problem with the O2 saturation after surgery too being too low. They couldnt bring it up any no matter what the tried. They xrayed my chest and did a cat scan which ended up showing pnemonia starting, the bottom of my lungs were flattening out so they made me continually do the breathing exercises and putme on high doses of O2 even going as far as to use one of those breathing machines a sleep apnea patient uses during the night. I had to come home on O2 and got rid of it about 3 weeks later. I just had an xray and tests done again and it shows that something is still in my lungs but they think it isnt something to worry about. Theyre gonna do a CT scan again in two months.

    Hope you start feeling better,

    Christina :)
  • Shera,
    Just FYI, albuterol sulfate is a broncholdialator, it is not a steroid. It is a fast acting rescue inhaler. Steroid inhalers are also commonly used for asthma, such as asthmacort, flovent, aerobid. These are long acting and are usually dosed 1-2 times per day. They decrease inflammation in the airways. You might check with your MD about the benefits of inhalers with pleurisy. I hear pleurisy is quite painful. Did you have a scan to rule out pulmonary embolus as well? Post surgery patients are at risk for PE. Hope your breathing easier, Sue
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  • Just an update...
    Yesterday I was in such intense pain from the pleurisy that I called the nurse and asked about an albuterol inhaler. I was told that this was for constriction and would not help with the pleurisy(?). Instead they talked to the surgeon and he said to go ahead and take IBProfen, 3 pills 3x a day (the regular over the counter strength). And once the pleurisy pain calms down, to back off the IBProfen. I'm not quite 4 weeks yet post-op ACDF, and am a little concerned about effecting my fusion success. But oh what a difference the IBProfen makes!! So I'm doing that for now, and hopefully it goes away quickly!

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