I think the bisoprolol and profefenone is the canadian version of the beta blockers you are taking.
Here is a quick tip on pericarditis. If you are having that "sensation" again...you know...the discomfort in the chest, sometimes getting short of breath with little excursion, and pain running up to your neck (I thought I just had a respiratory infection at the time)
If it is truly pericarditis...when you are sitting....lean forward...with pericarditis, when you do that...it gives immediate relief in your symptoms. Now when I get that heavy, painful chest (very seldom now..thank God) I do that...just to satisfy myself that it isnt the pericarditis coming back. The first time I got it....like I said..thught I was getting bronchitis or chest infection...I ignored it...as I was going through an intense grief at the time...then one morning..came the vomiting...off to the ER...and then into ICU. I had a very severe case of it..from ignoring it, and how I didnt have aheart attack..they dont know. My heart rate was so low that the nurse couldnt check my pulse..had to go on the monitor. This is where i learned the trick of leaning forward while sitting...relief can mean pericarditis. The fear of an unknown illness..especially when it's the heart...and your memory of your aunts condition...I think that could put you in high anxiety. Heart palps and chest pain are common in those attacks. I hope the lorezapam will help you. My doc put me on xanax..it's another anxiety med along the same lines as lorezapam I think.
Perhaps there is no redness or swelling in the joints because you are at the early stages of one of those diseases? Just a thought.
I hope one of these doctors keep monitoring your bloodwork..especially since you have a relative with RA.
I am still hoping you dont get evacuated...but glad you have somewhere to go if you do. You must live in California? Saw something on the news this morning about that. But only a block away??!!
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