Welcome to HealingWell. I understand your concerns and also your anxiety re the pericarditis. I am so happy to read you have a supportive and loving bride.
Under normal circumstances, the two-layered pericardial sac that surrounds your heart contains a small amount of lubricating fluid. In pericarditis, the sac becomes inflamed and the resulting friction from the inflamed sac leads to chest pain.
In some cases the amount of fluid contained in the pericardial sac may increase, causing pericardial effusion. It is a good thing you did not have a large effusion.
The cause of pericarditis is often hard to determine. In most cases doctors are either unable to determine a cause (idiopathic) or suspect a viral infection. So your in the same category as many other people and the cause of your percarditis is unknown.
Wondering if you have had an MRI (Magnetic resonance imaging) of your heart? This technique uses a magnetic field and radio waves to create cross-sectional images of your heart that can reveal thickening or other changes in the pericardium.
If you don't respond to NSAIDs (Motrin) or colchicine or if you have recurrent symptoms of pericarditis, your doctor may prescribe a steroid medication such as prednisone.
Acute episodes of pericarditis typically last from one to three weeks, but future episodes can occur. about one in five people with pericarditis has a recurrence within months of the original episode. Resource: Mayo Staff
I wish you the best and let us hear how you are doing. We also have a great anxiety forum if you want to join us there also.
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