Our expert says:
Bornholme’s disease is acute pleurodynia caused by infection with the Coxsackie B virus. After infection, specific antibodies are formed, so that re-infection should not occur. It is thus unlikely that you have another bout of the same illness. However, if you are in any doubt, then ask your doctor to organize a blood test.
If the pains persist, then you do need to see your doctor anyway, for a full examination, including an ECG. As a smoker, you are at risk of heart disease, so an ECG would be a good idea. Yes, not knowing what is going on will definitely add to your stress, so do try to get to the bottom of this.
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