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Saturday, October 15, 2005

LeBron's Pain Was Very Real

You've probably heard about LeBron James' recent health scare. It was scary for a guy so young, and it was definitely real. Before you wonder how someone could be in such pain for having "just" a virus in the chest, stop. If you've had pleurisy (and I have), you think it feels like you got hit by Ray Lewis and Junior Seau in their primes -- at the same time -- running full tilt -- one hitting you from the front, the other from the back.

It hurts that bad.

The bad news is that there isn't much doctors can do for it, because pleurisy is a virus and therefore there aren't any drugs that can make it go away. Pain medication helps alleviate the agony to a degree, but basically you just have to wait a few weeks for the big hurt to go away.

Thankfully, it doesn't appear that there's anything wrong with LeBron's heart, and his current lung condition is far from permanent.

LeBron James is a warrior out on the court, but even warriors fall prey to the stuff that the guy in the rafters can catch.

And despite what type of physical condition you're in, it still hurts.

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