help with pericarditis pain/diagnosis

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   Posted 11/21/2011 4:39 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi,  I am hoping someone can help me.   I was diagnosed mth ago with small effusion pericarditis, and was treating it with anti-inflams.   not much pain relief,  now the pain is getting worse, almost constant pressure, trouble swallowing,  talking alot makes it hard to breath and painful.....  and the sternum pain now goes right thru to the back between the shoulder blades.   I am waiting for another cardiologist referral,  and am wondering if i should be going to the Emerg. dept or not...   dr. put me on oxycodene for pain, but didnt want to use much of that nasty stuff....   any ideas?

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   Posted 11/21/2011 9:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Perhaps you should call the cardiologist's office and talk with the triage nurse as you may need to be seen sooner.  Also if you feel that you are not doing well present to your ER for a medical screening exam by the ER physician to determine if you have a medical emergency.
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   Posted 11/22/2011 12:28 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks. I think I will go to the er in a larger center and hopefully they will assign me a cardiologist then. This pain is hard to take and it's going on 3 mths! My last chest xray also showed something in bottom of right lung. Dr thought pneumonia but could it be pleural effusion? Didn'tknow if that showed on xrays or not. Thanks again


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   Posted 12/2/2011 11:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Well I made it to larger hospital, presented in Er. before my Echocardiogram....  all blood work, ekg were fine,  also my echo is clear, heart is perfect, which is good!  my small effusion is almost completely gone....  so why am i still in so much pain?  is this normal? i am on 600mg of advil 3 times/day....  and am now in my 3 mth of symptoms.  They referred me to a cardio clinic who i see next week.   My GP says that i shouldnt have pain this long, is that right?  should we be looking at other causes?  i am wondering if it is now autoimmune connected since I have had fibro symptoms for years.......

Rebecca Sue
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   Posted 12/5/2011 11:41 PM (GMT -6)   
DOn't feel bad I have micro valve prolapse since I was a child never bother me. But I was recently on a study for ICS and had several EKG done which all came back abnormal also wore a halter which came back with spikes and drops in heart rate. Well that was the last time I have been to heart doctor due to cost and bill for test I will have to pay for the rest of my life. But have had nothing done and have chest pain that comes on sudden and hurts so bad I am in a ball on the floor nauseaed I also get gas pains alot. The doctor thinks it is my IBS or GallStones which the ultrasound showed no gallstones. But I am just waiting to the day that it does not go away and it is my heart.The longest it has lasted was an hour and getting in a ball with my heating pad eases it up enough that I will pass out because I went from hurting so bad to being able to handle it my body is telling me to go to sleep but have woke me up out of dead sleep several times hopefully it is not my heart but I have a feeling it is since gallstones was negative but my doctor insist he is right and it is not my heart. I also have swelling from under my heart in a straight line down my stomach to my belly button my lymph nodes in my neck and legs stay swollen been over a year and has not went down. My sugar levels keep spiking and dropping my bones my feet are broke out and hands, excess thirst and past few months keep getting a sharp pressure pain that keeps coming and going in my head behind my right ear and moves up and makes my right eye start twitching. Feel like something is really wrong but feel like dr think I am making this up since I have so many other issues wrong with me.
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