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For nearly three months I have been dealing with some serious chest pain, particularly when I try and take deep breathes, lay down, or bend or lean forward. At times, the pain is unbearable.
My family doc did some x-rays and sent me to a pulmenologist (assuming it was pleurisy?). After meeting with him he ordered some blood work and a cat scan. After getting the results he told me it wasn't pleurisy (and that that word was actually a "junk door" word that people use to describe lung stuff?). What is wierd is that he told me the cat scan revealed that I had some fluid build up in both of my lungs? That being said, the cat scan also suggested that I had fluid around my heart, so he ordered an echo-cartiagram (sp?), which I did.
All that to say this: the doc is convinced I don't have pleurisy. He thought I had an autoimmune disease (lupus?). Thus, he ordered tons of blood work. I just left his office - all the blood work came back negative and the echo-cartiagram only found a small "trace" of fluid around my heart. So at this point I am thinking: its gotta be pleurisy, right? Wrong.
He just ordered an EKG. Now he thinks I have something called pericarditis (sp?). So here is my question/frustration: its been three months and we still don't know what I have. I am in intense pain to boot! Are there others out there who have had breathing pain for this long, and if so, what have you been diagnosied with and how have you been treated? Could this really be my heart???
Thanks in advance,
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