I'm interested to know how people have been diagnosed with pericarditis or pleurisy. Did the doctors hear something when listening to your chest? Abnormal ECG or inflammation showing on an xray?
Any other tests done as routine?
Were your tests all normal and the doctor guessed at one of the above and treated accordingly?
I've been reading some posts from years ago and it seems like chest pain is another thing potentially difficult to diagnose? Unless it's so severe people end up in hospital....
I had severe chest pain a few weeks ago for a few days, feeling of extreme pressure (elephant sitting on chest) and severe pain breathing in which made me very breathless. Symptoms worse trying to move around. Painful around ribs trying to sleep. Also severe pain in centre of back.
It started a few days after "flu" type symptoms. And around 2 weeks after high abdo pain and swelling (more intensive pain than I usually get in that area.)
I was treated as urgent at my local surgery (but my own gp wasn't there) with anti inflammatory injections plus I'm on steroids anyway. The pain came and went for a couple of weeks after the severe onset but much more manageable.
Doctor didn't seem concerned listening to my chest, rapid pulse, ECG and blood pressure normal. I'm having an xray tmw anyway that the Rhuemy ordered a while back at my appointment. I listed chest pain and breathlessness as 2 of my symptoms.
When I saw my own gp the following week she suspected inflammation. Does inflammation show on an xray?
When I see my rheumy next I'll obviously explain about this more severe episode.