Pericarditis Issues

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winterwolfes
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   Posted 2/17/2010 9:32 AM (GMT -7)   
I started having bad chest pains on a Thursday afternoon that I blew off as just gas. By saturday morning the pain was much worse so I finally went to the hospital. I still figured it was just gas. But they actually admitted me. I didn't have a cardiologist so I was assigned a local guy by the hospital. He said I had pericarditis and put me on an anti-inflamatory drug and prilosec. The did a sonogram and said there was no fluid build up and after 24 hours I was sent home with the meds. That was 3 weeks ago. I stopped taking the medicine 2 days ago cause the chest pain was gone but I was feeling crazy which I attributed to the medicine. I was getting really anixous and irritated all the time thought it would come and go in waves. My wife and kids had had it with me.  I had an upset stomach all the time also and I swear I would see things move sometimes without them really moving. All of which I figured was the meds so I stopped taking them and went back to the doctors the next day (this was yesterday). He said I seemed fine now and I didn't need to take them anymore.
 
I woke up this morning and all the chest pain is back in its fully glory. I am shakey and anxious. I feel my heart racing sometimes. The pain is across my whole chest, into my shoulders and neck just like when I went into the hospital. I have a headached and feel exhausted and wired at the same time.
 
So I called the doctor this morning. He said it certainly could come back and thats normal. He told me to start taking the medicine again and if the pain keeps up in the next day or 2 I should come see him again.
 
I'm confused though cause yesterday he said its fine and I am done with this. Now he told him to just start taking the meds again but didn't say I should come see him unless the pain continues. So how long do I take the medcine for? Whats the next steps?
 
I am not happy about all this and I wonder if I am on the right course as far as treatment goes. When I talk to the doctor about it I feel like my concerns with it are overreactions so I then blow it off and think its all normal and there is nothing I can do but live with it until it goes away on its own. But then everyone else around me keeps being very concerned and worried about it and thinks I need to do more about the situation.
 
Does anyone who has had this think I should be doing more? Do I need to find a different doctor? Or is there really nothing I can do and everyone should not worry about me and thats just the way it is? Any advice is appreciated. Right now I just feel like there is nothing I can do and I just have to live with this. But I feel like I can't work or do anything right now.
 
Thanks!
 
 
 
 
 
 
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