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A 25-year-old male asked:

Diagnosed with idiopat. pericarditis 4 months ago. still feel terrible. extreme fatigue and severe back and rib pain. what could be the causes? i'm 25

2 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Sanober Butt
Pulmonology 21 years experience
Rheumatologic : Depending on how much work up they did and then called it idiopathic pericarditis( which is by definition a diagnosis of exclusion) . You should ask if they ran all the rheumatologic work up including lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, sjogrens etc. You should consider seeing a rheumatologist if you have not seen one yet.
Dr. Richard Humes
42 years experience
Might recur: You need to see someone about this for a more precise diagnosis. Sometimes pericarditis can have a long course of ups and downs. It usually does get better. Occasionally the preicardium can be damaged, and restrict heart function which might be an indication for surgical pericardiectomy.

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