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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

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 more

Dr. J. patrick Tokarz
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Pericarditis (Definition)

A condition in which you experience an inflammation of the pericardium, two thin layers of a sac-like tissue that surrounds the heart, holds it in place ...Read more


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How common is pericarditis?

How common is pericarditis?

Not terribly common: Pericarditis is frequently caused by a virus. Sometimes it is the result of trauma or a heart attack. It can be very painful. It is often treated with antiinflammatory drugs. ...Read more

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What can cause pericarditis?

Pericarditis: Long list of causes but I will limit to:
most common: viral, metabolic (kidney disease - uremic), after myocardial infarction or open heart surgery.
Less common: bacterial infection, tuberculosis etc... ...Read more

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How can you treat pericarditis?

How can you treat pericarditis?

NSAIDS: Pericarditis is inflamation. Of the sack around the heart. Anti-inflamatories such as Motrin are helpful. Steroids are used in severe cases. Colchicine has been shown to help in some cases. ...Read more

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Is weed grit a cause of pericarditis?

Pericaditis: I do not think weed grit causes pericarditis. ...Read more

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What are the core symptoms of pericarditis?

Chest pain, fatigue: The usual symptoms of pericarditis include sharp chest pain, fatigue, shortness of breath, and possibly exercise intolerance. If the process is acute, or sudden onset (often from an infectious etiology), you may also have signs of infection such as fever, headache, muscle aches/pains, etc. ...Read more

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Is pericarditis considered a chronic condition?

Pericarditis: No, pericarditis is generally not considered to be a chronic condition but it can recur in about 15-30% of people who have so-called acute, idiopathic (unknown cause) pericarditis that previously responded to treatment. ...Read more

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Can I fly if I have pericarditis?

Can I fly if I have pericarditis?

Yes: Assuming that you mean in an airplane, (jk) whether you can fly depends on whether the pericarditis is stable. If you had developed a large pericardial effusion, (fluid around the heart) for instance, you might not be stable to fly or even to leave a hospital. But if you just have benign pericarditis with a little chest pain, you could be stable. ...Read more

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How can you prevent pericarditis?

How can you prevent pericarditis?

Cleanliness: Most episodes of pericarditis are caused by viruses similar to those that cause colds. Hand washing frequently and staying away from ill people are your best bets. ...Read more

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What is constrictive pericarditis?

Pericarditis: Constrictive pericarditis involves stiffening/thickening/hardening of the pericardium or "heart sack". This can be caused by many disease processes. Constrictive pericarditis results in restricting the filling of the heart which in turn may cause shortness of breath, swelling etc.. ...Read more

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Can you fly if you have pericarditis?

It should be: Fine depending on your current level of comfort. ...Read more

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What leads to constrictive pericarditis?

What leads to constrictive pericarditis?

Infections and other: This is a stiffening of the normally pliable sac that holds the heart. Infections in the fluid around the heart, and scarring conditions that have no known cause can cause this sac to stiffen and this results in incomplete filling of the heart between beats. This lack of filling can lead to heart failure, as the heart is incapable of pumping blood as efficiently. It is a rare condition. ...Read more

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What are the causes of causes constrictive pericarditis?

What are the causes of causes constrictive pericarditis?

Multiple: Pericardial inflammation can occur from renal failure, tb, malignancy, bacterial infection or most commonly, viral inflammation. Also rheumatoid disease and other autoimmune problems. After a heart attack, dressler's syndrome is inflammation of the pericardium and after heart surgery, blood or fluid can accumulate and cause inflammation. Radiation is also a source. All can lead to constrictive per. ...Read more

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Why are steroids contraindicated for pericarditis?

Not initially but...: Contraindicated in initial treatment of acute pericarditis as they can delay ventricular remodeling, cause dependency on the medication to prevent a return of symptoms and can theoretically reactivate the original viral infection. They could used if indicated for the underlying disease or the patient’s condition has no response to other meds. ...Read more

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What is the pathophysiology of pericarditis and pain?

What is the pathophysiology of pericarditis and pain?

Any irritant to the: ...Pericardium, whether infectious, traumatic, neoplastic, noxious and the like can initiate the mechanism of inflammation of the pericardium. Since this membrane covering the heart has pain fibers especially at the parietal aspect of it, pain signals are then upstream for the brain to sense them. The lining epithelium if the pericardium has pain fibers as well, including the epicardium. ...Read more

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What is the significance of tuberculosis pericarditis?

What is the significance of tuberculosis pericarditis?

Infection: It means that the lining surrounding the heart is infected with tb. It is a serious condition which fortunately has become rare in the U.S. ...Read more

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Would pericarditis show on ekg?

Would pericarditis show on ekg?

Ecg: The ECG findings associated with pericarditis are diffuse st segment elevation in all the leads. It is a usual but not universal finding when pericarditis is present. ...Read more

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Is viral pericarditis contagious?

No: Not really as the virus which causes it might be it is unusual for pericarditis to always result as these are usually common cold viruses. ...Read more

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Does pericarditis show up in a ekg?

Does pericarditis show up in a ekg?

Sometimes: It may sometimes show on ECG depending on how severe. ...Read more

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Will an EKG show if I have pericarditis?

It can: There are confirmatory findings on ECG for pericardial inflammation. ...Read more

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Which layer of the heart is affected by pericarditis?

Outer layer: The outer layer 'pericardium' is inflamed in pericarditis and can produce 'liquid' and cause pain by stimulating the nerves that supply it. ...Read more

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How do pericarditis myocarditis and endocarditis develop?

How do pericarditis myocarditis and endocarditis develop?

Similar & different: Infection can cause all three of these entities, however combination of all three is rather uncommon. Endocarditis is typically caused by a bacteria and rarely as an end result of major illness (lupus, etc.), myocarditis is very typically viral in etiology, and pericarditis can be infectious in etiology, or due to radiation, connective tissue disease (lupus or the like) or renal failure. ...Read more

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How do pericarditis, myocarditis, and endocarditis differ?

Location: Each of these involves infection or inflammation of the heart. Pericarditis is infection or inflammation of the outside lining of the heart. Myocarditis is inflammation or infection of the heart muscle. Endocarditis is infection or inflammation of the heart valves. ...Read more

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What can help for the treatment of constrictive pericarditis?

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 more

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Which treatment is given in the case of constrictive pericarditis?

Generally surgery: Once diagnosed and confirmed.
Risks are assessed and surgery suggested. ...Read more

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Is there a difference between pericarditis and pericardial effusion?

Is there a difference between pericarditis and pericardial effusion?

Pericardium: Pericarditis is an inflammation of the membrane that surrounds the heart. A pericardial effusion is fluid that lies between this membrane and the heart muscle. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for a mild case of constrictive pericarditis?

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 more

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What is the difference between endocarditis, myocarditis, and pericarditis?

What is the difference between endocarditis, myocarditis, and pericarditis?

Different structures: Endocarditis refers to an infection of the heart valves. Myocarditis is inflammation/infection of the heart muscle. Pericarditis is inflammation the pericardium which is the sac surrounding the heart. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of pericardial tuberculosis (tuberculous pericarditis)?

What are the symptoms of pericardial tuberculosis (tuberculous pericarditis)?

Rare: Tb is fortunately become more rare in this country but you should see your physician for a PPD test if you think you have been exposed. Tb can cause constriction of the pericardium which results in edema and shortness if breath. ...Read more

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What would cause a 16 year old to have chest pains; could she have pericarditis?

Yes, but: Pericarditis is possible as a cause of chest pain at 16 but not a common one. Things like pain within the moving joints of the chest bone, heart burn from stomach backwash or pleursy from the lung linings would be more common. If the pain intensifies with laying down but less so when upright your pcp may want to consider an ekg and cardiac enzymes to rule this out. ...Read more

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When is it safe? To take a scuba class? After I previously had acute pericarditis?

When is it safe? To take a scuba class? After I previously had acute pericarditis?

Maybe now: Pericarditis is usually an acute and self-limited illness. Most people are sick and then recover. If your symptoms have resolved and you either never had or have resolved any pericardial fluid (effusion), it's safe to resume normal (and even athletic) activity. ...Read more

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How do I diagnose the constrictive pericarditis verses restrictive cardiomyopathy?

How do I diagnose the constrictive pericarditis verses restrictive cardiomyopathy?

Several: 2 d echo with doppler, rt heart catheter, and cardiac MRI can all help determine constrictive vs restrictive. Ofcourse a good history and physical should always be part of the work up. ...Read more

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What are the differences: constrictive pericarditis and restrictive cardiomyopathy?

Different cause: Symptoms may be similar but treatment is very different. The pericardium can be opened or removed to relieve constriction but restrictive cardiomyopathy does not lend itself to a quick surgical treatment. A number of medications may ameliorate the symptoms but it is important to identify and treat the cause. ...Read more

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What is the difference between constrictive pericarditis and restrictive cardiomyopathy?

Several: Constrictive pericarditis is a condition where the sac around the heart (the pericardium) becomes scarred and shrinks, which does not allow the heart to fill fully. Restrictive cardiomyopathy is a condition where the pericardium is normal, but the heart muscle itself is diseased in a way that does not allow the muscle to relax and the ventricle to fill. The treatment for each is different. ...Read more

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What is the? Difference between restrictive cardiomyopathy and constrictive pericarditis?

What is the? Difference between restrictive cardiomyopathy and constrictive pericarditis?

Intrinsic/extrinsic: Restrictive cardiomyopathy involves the heart itself becoming stiff and not filling properly which eventually can cause heart failure and need a transplant to treat. Constrictive pericarditis affects the sac around the heart entrapping the heart and causing similar symptoms but may be treated if needed by removing the sac from around the heart by surgery ...Read more