Pericarditis/Pericardial Effusion

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muffinman52
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Date Joined Aug 2014
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   Posted 8/20/2014 4:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello, Im a 25 year old, 375lb male, with no family history of any type of heart/circulatory disease.

In March I went to a Urgent Care clinic for some minor chest pains. They did a chest xray and ekg and said that my heart looked slightly enlaraged and a I had a very slight arrythmiya, and reffered me to a cardiologist. They also diagnosed me with costochondritis (inflamation of the chest wall) and gave me a dosepak and motrin. The cardiologist said that she thought my heart looked enlarged and ordered a stress test, ekg, and echocardiagram. All turned out to be normal, however I didnt do those tests until I was almost finished with the doespak and motrin regiment.

My chest pain never really went away, it only spread to my sides of my ribs, shoulders, arms, elbows, and upper back...

Fast forward to today.. For the last month or two Ive had this chest congestion that recently gotten worse in the last week or so. Along with some more sharp chest and upper back pain. I also have developed some pitting edema in front of my shins on my legs, which has gotten worse in the last week or so. So I went back to that same Urgent Care clinic where they did another Chest Xray. They told me today that my heart looked even larger than it did back in March and told me I needed to go see the cardiologist again. My lungs were clear though, which is the only positive thing... They diagnosed it as probable "Pericarditis/Pericardial Effusion" but said that only a cardiologist could confirm that.

As usual, I got home and looked up some stuff about those to things and as always, now has got me worried... I made a appointment with the cardiologist in the morning, but I'm wondering if I should not just go ahead and go down to the ER? I may be just freaking my self out, but if this has been going on for months, how worried should I be?

pvct
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Date Joined May 2014
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   Posted 8/21/2014 10:57 AM (GMT -6)   
welcome to the forum,

well, I would probably get checked out as soon as you can by your Cardiologist, or if you are excessively worried, I would go to the E.R. I have done the E.R. several times in my life, and I would not give it a second thought. you mentioned that your stress, ekg, echo were normal. I would take some comfort in that. Are you on any Meds?
pvct
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