Curing Pericarditis?

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   Posted Yesterday 10:17 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello guys. I've been dealing with chronic pericarditis for just about a year but was just diagnosed recently after having an acute attack. The pain has been nonstop since then but varies with intensity.

I am tired of this disease and pretty much know more about this disease than my current MDs and I am sure you do too.

For me what has helped me the most has been NSAIDs with a long half life, it hasn't really helped much with the pain but i can tell it has reduced the inflammation considerably due to other symptoms improving, and I've noticed those with chronic pericarditis have found relief with that as well unlike those with recurrent attacks, they find relief with just regular NSAIDs.

Keeping activity levels very low and a strict diet I believe are the cure to get rid of mine(nonstop chronic).

I've also noticed a few people reporting extreme benefit from anti inflammatory diets like a vegan diet.

I'm making this post for anyone to post any information on their symptoms, diet, lifestyle , meds anything that they find that improves their pericarditis or that may get rid of it altogether.

Plaquenil and prednisone dont do a thing for me, neither does colchicine.

Only aspirin,ibuprofen,celebrex,naproxen improve my symptoms a lot but never get rid of it.

Also a vegan and fruit diet has helped my inflammation markers(theyre normal but i still have pain).

Post Edited (SouthernAllStars) : 8/16/2013 9:26:10 AM (GMT-6)

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   Posted Yesterday 2:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello to all,
A bit of general info re this topic:

Treatment for acute pericarditis (sudden onset) may include medication for pain and inflammation, such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, including ibuprofen in large doses. Depending on the cause of your pericarditis, your doctor may prescribe an antibiotic (for bacterial pericarditis) or an antifungal medication (for fungal pericarditis).

If your symptoms last longer than two weeks or recur over subsequent months, your doctor may prescribe an anti-inflammatory drug called colchicine in combination with the ibuprofen. Colchicine is an older and well-established anti-inflammatory drug that can help control the inflammation and prevent pericarditis from recurring weeks or even months later.

When high doses of ibuprofen are prescribed, your doctor may prescribe medications to offset gastrointestinal symptoms. If you are taking high doses of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, you should be monitored with frequent follow-up appointments to evaluate changes in kidney or liver function.

A small number of patients will develop chronic pericarditis, a condition that persists despite treatment, or that comes back (recurrent pericarditis). These patients may need to take nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or colchicine for several years, even when they are feeling well.

Previous treatment included the use of steroids, such as prednisone; however, this has been found in many cases to cause dependency on the medication to prevent a return of symptoms. In addition, steroids can reactivate the original viral infection. Furthermore, some patients can become dependent on narcotics for pain control. Reference: Cleveland Clinic

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   Posted Today 6:57 AM (GMT -6)   
i have just posted in the forum i think i have pericarditis i googled it the other day i went in to a site and it said its; fatal so i went in to anxiety mode real bad no sleep taking everything i could get in my mouth,i am still nervous about it going to my cardiologist in 2 weeks

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   Posted 8/19/2013 7:50 AM (GMT -6)   
Pericarditis is 99% curable if caught early. Mine was caught a year later so I may be at a point of no return. I know pretty much more than all the doctors ive gone to. Its not fatal at all its just debilitating if youve been dealing with it for so long like me.

If you want to talk to someone let me know, ill be glad to offer advice and help. I wish I was in your shoes because now I know how to get rid of it but its easy in the first months (Imo) much harder if not impossible a year later.

Check my contact info for an email if you want advice I can recommend good doctors on this too.

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   Posted 9/7/2013 2:18 AM (GMT -6)   

I need advice on how to end my pericarditis nightmare. I have been dealing with this for 10 months. Prednisone is turning on me. I have had close to 10 flares while tapering. Please help.

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   Posted 9/7/2013 12:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi I seem to get better and get worse it is really hard to get rid of it once its been so long but I know how to do it now. I just have to be careful.

What meds are you on? if you are unable to taper off prednisone, you should talk to your doctor about trying a slow taper as much as 1mg per month and adding colcrys.
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