Not again! Pericarditis
First, let me say that I'm venting here. :cry: The nasty pericarditis is back again. I want so badly to reduce (get rid of!) the prednisone I've been on for nearly 8 months now. We've tried Methotrexate and now have switched to Imuran (about 2 wks ago.) But I'm so short of breath and my chest hurts, and I get light headed. I'm scared to death that permanent damage is being done to my pericardium each time I have this inflammation. I know what it is when it happens, so this time I didn't even go to the ER. I called my rheumy's office and the nurse practitioner (my doc wasn't in) told me to increase my prednisone and go into the ER if it doesn't get better. I HATE THIS! I want to be able to do something without my chest hurting. I asked about colchicine, but my doc doesn't want to try anything new until we see if Imuran works. I have an appointment on Monday at the Univ. of Minn. rheumatology dept in Minneapolis (with some big-wig doctor there.) So....there's my rant. Just had to get it off my chest (literally!) Thanks for being there, everyone.
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