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   Posted 12/4/2006 10:30 PM (GMT -6)   
I was diagnosed with pleurisy and now pericarditis.  Dr did an ultra sound on the heart and Dr said that a big part of the muscle to my heart does not move at all due to the inflammation from RA. And you also could have a inflamed valve or clogged arterie. Now I'm sitting here at home thinking should I be here? She wants me to get a scan done, should be this week..well I get a letter in the mail today, my appt. for the scan is on the 20th. My appt with the cardiologist is Friday. She said if I have any sharp pain or feel like I'm having a heart attack to call 911..So I have to have a heart attack before they actually do help me? I might be dead by then.  What the heck, if part of my heart is not working shouldn't I be in the hospital?...what am I just being paranoid?  I have been so sick for so long. My family is very upset over this and want me to go to the er and tell them whats going on. Does this sound right or am I over worried ..after all this is my heart.Thanks,

Fibro, RA, IBS, Anxiety, insomnia
Meds: Serax 10mg, Mobic 15mg, Prednisone 15mg, Prilosec 20mg, Vicodin 5/500, Flonase, Calcium and magnesium, Robaxin 500mg, Nortriptyline 50mg

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   Posted 12/8/2006 7:03 AM (GMT -6)   

Hi Loea, I am so sorry for all your going through now.  I am also sorry that you havent gotten any responses to your post.  We have a thread on this forum that is dedicated to Pericarditis so I have copied your post to that thread.  I am sure you will get some responses from there.  I am going to leave you the link to the thread below so you will be able to easily find it as it was buried back some ways.  I hope you find the answers your looking for.  Take care and have a happy holiday :-)

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   Posted 12/9/2006 8:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Just wanted to say hello.   I read the post, but couldn't respond with much techical.   Then I reread it awhile and I realized that I do understand most of your "list".    Not the heart part of it since I am learning about it from you all...the rest is familar to me.   You have to take a lot of meds that are questional for the heart.   Likely why I had my own heart problems, but I didn't take that much.  We were discussing Celebrax and Bextra on the fibro sections for a year.  Couldn't afford it to be honest and all that stuff hurt my stomach.  For the record.....I was using Bextra before the heart attack.   I do hope your better and it's very good the call the EMT period.  Even when your sitting up and not sure why they are taking you.   Do hope your better and hurting so much. My family has a history of RA, Asthma, etc.   
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