Pleurisy: Reducing the Pain, Inflammation and Swelling with Natural Therapies like Lymphatic Drainage Therapy
Posted Apr 12 2013 8:50pm
Managing the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis is crucial in managing this often debilitating and physically limiting disease. Many of my clients who suffer from RA can often develop pleurisy a common pulmonary condition that can often mirror the symptoms of a heart attack, anxiety/panic attack and severe indigestion pains. Pleurisy is an inflammation of the thin layers of tissue (pleura) covering the lungs and chest wall.The outer layer of the pleura lines the inside of the chest wall, and the
inner layer covers the lungs. The tiny space between the two layers is called
the pleural cavity. This cavity normally contains a small amount of lubricating
fluid that allows the two layers to slide over each other when you
When the pleura becomes inflamed, the layers rub
together, causing chest pain. This is known as pleuritic pain.
Pleurisy can cause sharp shooting pains in the
chest, especially when breathing deeply or coughing. Pleurisy caused by
rheumatoid arthritis will usually subside when the RA flare-up passes but this often requires outside resources like medications and anti-inflammatory therapy like Lymphatic Drainage Therapy.
Pleurisy comes with other RA related conditions like
According to the Arthritis Foundation, about 25% of people with joint
pain caused by rheumatoid arthritis also get rheumatoid nodules, which
are small lumps on or near the affected joint. In some people, these
lumps can also form in the lung tissue. Most people don't know they have
a rheumatoid nodule in their lungs until one shows up on a chest x-ray.
Depending on where the lump is located, it can cause some pain or
shortness of breath. Scarring
When rheumatoid arthritis affects connective lung tissue, it can cause
scarring that reduces your lung function. This can lead to shortness of
breath or pain when trying to breath deeply. Scarring in deep lung
tissue is called pulmonary fibrosis.
There are ways to minimize the scarring and to reduce both the swelling and inflammation the results with this fibrosis.
I've had clients who have come into my office short of breath and wearing bra expanders who have walked out after our 60min session who drop 4-8 inches in their bras. It's been an amazing therapy for removing the fluid inflammation and reduces instantly the pain these clients experience.
The Lymphatic Therapy is great for breaking up and moving out the inflammation within the pleura layer and it can also help break up the scar tissue that develops.
If you suffer from Pleurisy there are options to relieve your pain that don't involve steroids.
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