Hi, Im pretty new here apart from interacting on the odd post.
A bit about me first, I'm 34, never smoked and rarely drink. I keep fit with gym work and running and have to be fit for my job as a firefighter.
10 days after my second vaccine I presented at A&E with an odd mild chest pain on my left side of my chest. They kept me in for 4 nights while they investigated and came to the conclusion of Pericarditis going off slight ST elevation on my ECGs and an Echocardiogram suggestive of Pericarditis. They discharged me on 400mg Ibuprofen 3x daily and said it will clear up and an outpatient appt with the cardiologist in 6 weeks time. After leaving my symptoms changed, one week I had the pain in my shoulder and left arm and weakness on my left side and then a week later a pain when inhaling across the middle of my back which affected my ability to move around without being in a lot of pain. I presented at A&E both times and had the usual bloods which were all clear and ECG and X ray. The ECG still suggestive of pericarditis so told both times to just carry on with the Ibuprofen and it will clear up. None of this very reassuring while I'm at home feeling like its never going to go and at anytime I could have a heart attack or it get worse.
After 6 weeks I saw the cardiologist. I explained everything and he asked if the Ibuprofen did anything to which I replied at times I think it helped but my symptoms never improved they were up and down and it's still present. He said to stop those and put me on Colchicine 2x daily 0.5mg and said he will see me in 10 weeks time because he know it will be gone then. I'm only 4 days in and I'm not confident one bit it will clear up.
I can't work until it has cleared up because my job requires me sometimes to work hard in hot conditions and is a physical role.
Can people please share the experience/opinions as it's getting me down and hard to just trust what they say and wait it out.
I've done research online and other people have frequent echo's and MRIs so they can physically see if the inflammation is improving or worsening. My cardiologist didn't do any of those he just went off the first set of tests over 6 weeks ago.
How can they know if it's improving without actually regularly seeing it on MRI/Echo ?
All your input is welcomed and feel free to ask questions.