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:
Recommended Related to Lung Disease/Respiratory Problems
Coughing up blood (hemoptysis) can be a sign of a serious medical condition. Infections, cancer, and problems in blood vessels or in the lungs themselves can be responsible. Coughing up blood generally requires medical evaluation unless the hemoptysis is due to bronchitis.