At the moment, I have pericarditis and fluid in the sac around my heart. The doc has suggested a couple of options. Firstly, I could take anti-inflammatories such as Naproxen. However, my digestion is very very senstive, so the likelihood is that it will upset my tummy, so he's said I could take something like Omeprazole to protect my tummy. The other option is an intramuscular steriod injection, probably Kenalog.
Has anyone experience of this condition and treatments? And does anyone know if the injection is straight into your heart?! I've had steriod injections before for bursitis in my hip and it was straight into my hip, so I've just assumed it would be straight into my heart which sounds a bit serious! Or is it just into your arm or something?
Also, had anyone found anything more alternative that has helped the heart stuff specifically? I'm not keen on meds and will only take when absolutely necessary.
Finally, does anyone know if this inflammation causes any lasting damage to the heart? If it doens't then I wonder if I can just put up with it until it goes away (hopefully), but if it does, then I really should do something about it pronto.
It's just a letter I received from the doc, following the tests, so I've not spoken with him about it, hence all the questions!
Thank you all.