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Are There Effective Natural Treatments For Pericarditis
None proven: Pericarditis is an inflammation of the sac that surrounds the heart. It may be the result of an infectious process, certain environmental exposures (such as radiation), or another systemic (body-wide) inflammatory process that attacks the pericardium. Treatments are targeted towards the underlying process and may also include anti-inflammatory agents. There are no proven natural treatments. ...Read more
Anti-inflammatories: In the short term, anti-inflammatory medications such as indomethicin, prednisone, or even Aspirin may help. A search for a correctable cause is usually warranted. In some cases, fluid (if present) may be withdrawn from the pericardial sac for both diagnosis and relief of symptoms. It may be necessary to open or remove the pericardium in more severe cases. ...Read more
Surgery: You will need definite surgery.Get a more detailed answer ›
Usually only surgery: Constrictive pericarditis is a condition where the pericardium, the thin layer of tissue enveloping the outside of the heart, becomes thick and inflexible, preventing the heart from expanding outward to fill with blood. Generally the only treatment is complete surgical resection of pericardium. Rarely, if early enough in the process, high dose anti-inflammatory meds can reverse the process. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends: Constrictive pericarditis is a thickening of the pericardial lining of the heart. It can cause reduced filling of the heart and lead to heart failure in severe cases, along with decreased blood flow out of the heart to the rest of the body. In "mild" cases, cautious use of diuretics and medicines to lower the pressure inside the heart can successfully avoid heart failure. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What does it mean that my symptoms are suggestive of acute pericarditis? Is it really dangerous and should need a serious treatment or what ?!
Are there any natural ways to treat recurrent pericarditis with effusion. I don't want to take colchicine it scares me. Please help me.
Pericarditis: No. I would not resort to natural or homeopathic treatment here. Pericarditits can become chronic and restrict the heart motion (especially expansion). In that case sometimes one has to go in surgically and peel off the thickened pericardial membrane. Colchecine has been around for a few hunred years; it's well studied. Another option is a biologic drug anakinra (Kineret). And of course cortisone. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is there a possible connection between pericarditis and pinched nerve(s) in your back? Had peri 8 weeks ago and my back/rib cage still hurt pretty bad
Yes it is a possible: That there could be referred pain or that you may have some muscular pain or myalgias from your infection in that region. It could also be just muscular pain from being inactive while you were sick. The other remote possibility is that the infection may have spread to the spine if it was a bacterial infection so if the pain is increasing or persisting tell your physician. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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