I was wondering if anyone else has experienced a similar situation to myself. I'll start out by saying that I was diagnosed with viral pericarditis at the age of 22 (in 2002). Spent 3 days in a cardiac ICU for observation then. My treatment at the time consisted of large amounts of anti-inflammatory medications for 8 weeks solid. After completing that 8 weeks of meds, I was okay for about 4 months, then had a relapse. I've had several relapses since. In 2005, while I was pregnant with my 4th child, I saw a cardiologist whom diagnosed me with recurring pericarditis and I was prescribed nitroglycerin to control it. The reason it was nitro is because I was pregnant and they could not give me anything else. The nitro certainly helped with symptoms. Then in 2007 we moved to a different state and no longer had health insurance, so I wasn't able to go to a doctor to continue treatment.
Now here we are, 2013 and I have health insurance again, so I've been to a new GP so that I can get some medication for this condition. Let me start off by telling you I had a rather horrible relapse in November 2012 for which I went to the ER. During that ER visit I had all the same symptoms as the initial onset in 2002, they just weren't as intense. What was most bothersome at the time was a squeezing pressure in my upper chest and throat area, making it difficult to swallow, along with pain shooting down my left arm. But since my troponin levels were normal, my EKG was fine, and a CT didn't show any fluid around my heart, they sent me home with a script for some pain meds and told me to see my GP the following week. Mind you, I still had pain shooting into my left arm all the way to my finger tips.
So, I made an appointment with my GP as instructed 3 days later. I explained to her that I've been diagnosed with recurring pericarditis in the past, it is a consistent problem, and I was positive that was what was happening. I also explained to her that my symptoms happen when I've been exposed to viruses that my children bring home from school. She sent me to see a cardiologist in a neighboring town about a month later. During my visit with the cardiologist he completely dismissed that there could be anything wrong with my heart and told me I had GERD. Mind you, I've not had a problem with managing heartburn in any way. It didn't seem to matter to the cardio guy that I had been diagnosed with recurring pericarditis. He just refused to listen to what I was telling him. He spent more time talking to my husband about my symptoms than me.
Since that appointment, I have been subjected to a stress test. The stress test came back normal. So now my GP won't even listen to me about the pericarditis. I've been experiencing symptoms for 3 weeks solid now, been to the GP's office 3 times in these 3 weeks, and all she seems to be focused on is my thyroid. I really can't figure out why, because my thyroid had tested fine in all 4 blood tests she has done now. The only abnormal thing about my blood work is a high WBC indicating that my body is fighting an infection. I have been running an odd fever of about 100.5 all these 3 weeks.
Since I have been dealing with this problem for 11 years now, I have become completely and utterly aware of what is happening to me, and usually treat myself by taking large doses of ibuprophin for a few days. But the episodes are happening more frequently in the last 2 months, which is why I've been seeking a doctors help. I seriously cannot for the life of me figure out why I cannot get my GP to listen to what I've told her I've been diagnosed with. I have signed release forms for them to get my records from my home state, and I don't believe they have done so. I'm becoming increasingly frustrated with the situation. I was just at my GP on Thursday for the same symptoms (because they have not diminished or stopped) and she keeps doing blood work for a thyroid problem.
Has anyone else experienced such a lack of respect from their GP? And does anyone have some advise on how to get her to listen to me. I'm starting to think that, short of dying, nothing is going to get her to hear what I'm saying to her. Any advise would be helpful.