new diagnosis: Pericarditis Questions

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elle59
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   Posted 10/26/2011 8:40 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi,  newbie here,  great to see so much support on this site.   I had been fighting with chest pain/pressure that also pushed on my throat  & thought it was reflux related,   until my Dr. ordered a stress test, which i passed with flying colours!  Then the cardiologist looked at my ultrasound and found the inflammation/fluid in the sac.... thus now diagnosed with Pericarditis!   I had been to the ER a month before, they checked me out,  ecg, chest xrays, even cat scan for pul. embolisms,  all clear,  but i always thought i had some kind of infection just the way my chest was feeling, and these symptoms all started after i had really sore glands in my neck.......
 
How long does this pain/discomfort last?  i am on Naproxen 375 x 2 times a day,  but really i dont feel any relief.  Also does anyone else have bad pain when they are driving?  I dont know if its the way i sit, or the bouncing of the truck,  but it seems to create alot of pain under my sternum.....
 
I am going to the Dr. again today, and wondering what else they could try for pain control,  when i did get a couple of days with out the pain, my energy was almost back to normal, otherwise i am exhausted all the time, and just want to rest!  The Cardio says its likely a virus and it will have to run its course.....
 
Does anyone else get the pressure that seems to push up on the throat/esophagus?  it seems to feel better when i am eating something or sucking on a candy...... 
 
Glad to have such a good forum, and would love to hear from anyone for encouragement!
 
thanks
 
 

getting by
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   Posted 10/26/2011 8:44 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi there,

I am not a part of this forum, so I can't help you with your questions, but would like to welcome you here. It is a great forum. Kitt, the main moderator is away at the moment, so I told her I would welcome new members. So Welcome!!!

I hope that you find some answers here. I am sure that you will.

Take care, and have a great day...

Hugs, Karen
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stkitt
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   Posted 10/26/2011 9:26 AM (GMT -6)   
Good Morning Elle,
 
Welcome to HealingWell.  I am so glad to see Karen has been online to welcome you - she is a gem.  :-)
 
I just returned home from a lovely vacation.
 
Pericarditis - not fun but usually responds well to medications.  It is good to know you are seeing your Dr. today.
 
Medications to reduce the inflammation and swelling associated with pericarditis are often prescribed, including:
  • Over-the-counter pain relievers. Most pain associated with pericarditis responds well to treatment with pain relievers available without a prescription, such as aspirin or ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin others).
  • Narcotic pain relievers. If your pain is severe, you might need stronger pain medications, such as morphine, for a short time.
  • Colchicine (Colcrys). This drug, which reduces inflammation in the body, may be prescribed for pericarditis or as a treatment for recurrent symptoms. Colchicine can reduce the length of pericarditis symptoms and decrease the risk that the condition will recur. However, the drug is not safe for people with certain pre-existing health problems, such as liver or kidney disease, and for those taking certain medications. Your doctor will carefully check your health history before prescribing colchicine.
  • Corticosteroids. If you don't respond to pain relievers 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. Some people with pericarditis have a recurrence within months of the original episode.

The pain of acute pericarditis may travel into your left shoulder and neck. It often intensifies when you lie down or inhale deeply. Coughing, taking a deep breath or swallowing food also may make the pain worse. Sitting up and leaning forward can often ease the pain.

Make a list of your questions to take with you to your physician's visit - it always helps me to remember what I want to talk about

I will be looking for your update after your visit to the Drs. Again welcome aboard.

Kindly,

Kitt


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elle59
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Date Joined Oct 2011
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   Posted 10/26/2011 7:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the welcome! My Gp wants me to see my cardio to discuss further pain control. The test results show small effusion. I am now in my second mth of symptoms since they missed itwhen I was in the ER. We were to be traveling across the country for the winter but it seems that I have alot more pain whenni am driving. Why would that be? Any ideas? I guess I need a motor home. Lol. Feeling rather old today! Thanks Again for the welcome !!
Elle

elle59
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   Posted 10/31/2011 8:28 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi,  just wondering if anyone else has continual pain on the left side of the sternum....mine is worse when i sit upright,  better if i lean over.    Also i am so confused.......  when i talk alot  ( i am in sales) i get so tired, and sore, i guess its like breathing too much.... and sometimes i have reflux type symptoms,  small burping etc.  Can this go with pericarditis, if inflammation is pushing on the esophagus?   Sorry for all the questions,  i am just about at the end of my rope.... and its hard to get any relief.  I am going to an osteopath who is working on releasing some of the stiffness/stress in my organs.  
looking forward to hearing some ideas, or share your experience,  thanks
 
elle

nanag
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   Posted 6/13/2012 8:50 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey everyone
Im a newbie to the sit, I was relieved to read some of your posts on Perecarditis and discover i'm not alone.
I contracted acute Perecarditis a year and a half ago. I was doing great for about 3 months. But now all the old symptoms are back.
Its very discouraging and frustrating, unlike a lot of sufferers i don't have the sharp pain. My pain or discomfort is like a presure across my chest and this presure radiates upnto my neck.

I feel exhausted and have shortness of breath. I have fairly regular palpitations, and get the odd dizzy spell. My Dr has put me on sick leave again sigh.
nothing seems to take the pressure away, when i was first diagnosed after a lot of tests. The Doc put me on Coltrazine (sorry about my spelling) but it barely helped. Can't take Naproxine at all.
My Cardio cant see me until Aug but to be honest i don't think he knows what to do with me.
Has anybody got any wonder cures lol.

nanag
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Date Joined Jun 2012
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   Posted 6/15/2012 3:17 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey everyone
Im a newbie to the sit, I was relieved to read some of your posts on Perecarditis and discover i'm not alone.
I contracted acute Perecarditis a year and a half ago. I was doing great for about 3 months. But now all the old symptoms are back.
Its very discouraging and frustrating, unlike a lot of sufferers i don't have the sharp pain. My pain or discomfort is like a presure across my chest and this presure radiates upnto my neck.

I feel exhausted and have shortness of breath. I have fairly regular palpitations, and get the odd dizzy spell. My Dr has put me on sick leave again sigh.
nothing seems to take the pressure away, when i was first diagnosed after a lot of tests. The Doc put me on Coltrazine (sorry about my spelling) but it barely helped. Can't take Naproxine at all.
My Cardio cant see me until Aug but to be honest i don't think he knows what to do with me.
Has anybody got any wonder cures lol.

NanHelen
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Date Joined Jun 2012
Total Posts : 2
   Posted 6/18/2012 12:13 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi,
I'm also new to this site but I am also very glad to see I am not alone in my symptoms and ongoing pain...I have the breathlessness and palpitations as well plus an ongoing ache in my chest, especially after driving or typing too long (!) or lying on my side.
I've been taking colchicine for the past 2 months as my specialist in the hospital told me studies have proved it reduces the likelihood of getting pericarditis again. I will stop taking it in about another 2 weeks. I'm on 2 aspirin twice daily also for inflammation and pain, plus paracetamol for pain, when necessary. I couldn't cope with codeine or ibuprufen-they aggrevated my asthma and made me feel terribly unwell.
I find the colchicine gave me terrible diarrhea (sorry to bring that up!) however, I've recently been to the health shop and started taking Pro-biotics (good bacteria for the digestive system) once a day at a different time to when I take the other medication. This has really helped my tummy settle down and I feel a lot better. I've also started taking a general multi-vitamin and another tablet to assist my immune system (in NZ it's called "Immunifort" by Thompsons).
I do feel a lot better after only 5 days-also feel that I'm now 'driving' my recovery better, rather than just enduring things. So I'm using a combination of 'medical system' stuff plus 'natural' stuff and feel a lot more like a human being again..
Good luck with your recovery!
Nan
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