So it wasn't a heart attack! It's Pericarditis... Have you ever had it?

  • curve

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    Mar 29, 2010 2:53 PM GMT
    All week long a slow pain in my chest and slowed breathing... Friday night at dinner full out left arm pain, couldn't breath, chest was gonna explode... rushed to hospital... no heart attack, it is pericarditis. Inflamation/infection of the lining of the heart. Very painful... looks and feels like a heart attack.

    Have you ever had it? Or know anyone with it? How long did it take to heal?
  • curve

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    Mar 29, 2010 4:01 PM GMT

    i hear it can last from 2 weeks to 3 months...
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    Mar 29, 2010 4:56 PM GMT
    How are you feeling now?
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    Mar 29, 2010 4:56 PM GMT
    ouch that sucks :1

    good luck dealin with the pain, :L
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    Mar 29, 2010 5:05 PM GMT
    Never even heard of it. Geesh, man, good luck, take care of you.
  • Celticmusl

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    Mar 29, 2010 5:08 PM GMT
    Never heard of it but thanks for bringing it to our attention. I hope you get better real soon!
  • BlackBeltGuy

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    Mar 29, 2010 6:38 PM GMT
    I see patients with peri all the time. it can last a couple of months. the lining of your heart is inflamed. it is said it comes from strep throats that never progress into sore throats and the virus finds "housing" on the epicardium and heart lining. hang in their you will get better. ALSO, next time you go to the dentist tell them you had an episode of this and let him be the judge on if you should do ABT (antibiotic therapy) before getting work done. some will some wont. mine does.

    THAT'S GOOD NEWS IT WAS NOT A MYOCARDIAL INFARCT.
  • BlackBeltGuy

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    Mar 29, 2010 6:40 PM GMT
    LIKE MY TATT SAYS REMEMBER BE "THANKFUL" LOL glad to hear it wasnt so bad
  • curve

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    Mar 29, 2010 6:47 PM GMT
    KARATE1974 saidI see patients with peri all the time. it can last a couple of months. the lining of your heart is inflamed. it is said it comes from strep throats that never progress into sore throats and the virus finds "housing" on the epicardium and heart lining. hang in their you will get better. ALSO, next time you go to the dentist tell them you had an episode of this and let him be the judge on if you should do ABT (antibiotic therapy) before getting work done. some will some wont. mine does.

    THAT'S GOOD NEWS IT WAS NOT A MYOCARDIAL INFARCT.


    hey thanks, man, very helpful.

    yes, greatful that it was not MYOCARDIAL INFARCT... although there was a period of time Friday night that we thought it was...

    No meds to treat, other than low dose of advil, fluids and lot's of sleep. Just as you treat a cold....

    The pain is treated with Vicodine... which I'm holding out on unless it gets really bad.
  • curve

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    Mar 29, 2010 6:55 PM GMT
    for more information go here

    http://www.medicinenet.com/pericarditis/article.htm
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    Mar 30, 2010 2:03 AM GMT
    http://www.medicinenet.com/pericarditis/article.htm


    There you go!
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    Mar 30, 2010 2:08 AM GMT
    I was going to ask that if it was caused by a strep infection why no antibiotics, but I see that most often it's caused by viruses like colds/flu.

    Good thing you got treated, there was a gal in Port Coquitlam here a few years ago that got this over flu. She was 38 and never saw a doctor. She didn't make it.


    -Doug
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    Mar 30, 2010 2:11 AM GMT
    meninlove saidhttp://www.medicinenet.com/pericarditis/article.htm


    There you go!


    My baby sister gets it every so often she'll a little older then these nice hot boys! icon_redface.gif

    Sucks for her last about 3 to 4 months but she is a heavy smoker. Hopefully it won't last that long for you!
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    Mar 30, 2010 2:28 AM GMT
    The pericardium is not a lining of the heart. It is a a layer of connective tissue that surrounds the heart and the near ends of the large blood vessels. The heart is inside the pericardium.

    All organs have such a connective tissue covering to protect and hold them. For the brain, it is called the meninges, and when it is inflamed, the condition is called meningitis.

    This connective tissue is called fascia. Around organs it is called Visceral fascia.

    Fascia also sounds your muscles (deep fascia). It helps keep the muscles in shape. When a muscle is injured, it tends to contract, because a muscle is strongest when it is contracted. The fascia will also contract to help hold the muscle in place. If the muscle doesnt move out that contracted state, the fascia will actually start to penetrate the space between the muscle fibers and harden the muscle, kind of like cement being poured into the muscle. This happens even with over-exercised muscles. Like you can have your shoulder muscles lock up with the fascia solidifying them. Therapeutic massaging causes the fascia to break up and be reabsorbed by the body, unlocking the muscle.
  • curve

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    Mar 30, 2010 11:55 PM GMT
    Caslon14000 saidThe pericardium is not a lining of the heart. It is a a layer of connective tissue that surrounds the heart and the near ends of the large blood vessels. The heart is inside the pericardium.

    All organs have such a connective tissue covering to protect and hold them. For the brain, it is called the meninges, and when it is inflamed, the condition is called meningitis.

    This connective tissue is called fascia. Around organs it is called Visceral fascia.

    Fascia also sounds your muscles (deep fascia). It helps keep the muscles in shape. When a muscle is injured, it tends to contract, because a muscle is strongest when it is contracted. The fascia will also contract to help hold the muscle in place. If the muscle doesnt move out that contracted state, the fascia will actually start to penetrate the space between the muscle fibers and harden the muscle, kind of like cement being poured into the muscle. This happens even with over-exercised muscles. Like you can have your shoulder muscles lock up with the fascia solidifying them. Therapeutic massaging causes the fascia to break up and be reabsorbed by the body, unlocking the muscle.



    Whatever, whereever... it's painful and exhausting... it's all in the same general area... the cardiologists working on it seem to be knowledge...

    Problem here, it's not too easy to massage the heart muscle--bummer