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    Old 02-07-2006, 08:31 AM   #1
    Amiee-Jayne
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    questions about pericarditis

    Hi im Amiee!! and im 15!! i was born with dextrocardia, and i have type 1 diabetes also. i have a few questions please if someone can answer. I just recently had heart surgery, but then after it i got pericarditis, and this was restricting my heart so i had the fluid drained. Do u think i will be more likely then anyone else to get it again? i hope not. Also coz i have had it do u think it damages the heart itself? oh and yeah i was given prednisone for this and they are steroids and i have heard its bad if u take them for along time so i really dont want to have to take them long term.

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    Old 02-08-2006, 02:34 PM   #2
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    Hi Amiee,
    I'm not really sure if this will answer your question but I had an ablation done 7 days ago and I developed chest pain which was diagnosed as pericarditis. I was origionaly only put on 8 paracetemol a day to take away the pain but 2 days ago I got real bad pain and was rushed back into hospital. The docs said it was still on pericarditis but it had got worse as the inside of my heart was now swolen. They didn't mention anything about long term damage so you should be fine.
    So I've been put on a load of different meds but I was told that it should go away within 1-2 weeks. I don't think we are more likely to catch it again. I think its just a luck thing....or lack of!
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