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Old 02-10-2006, 08:45 PM
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Just got released from the hospital after spending two days there with Pericarditis. Not sure how I contracted it as it can be viral, bacterial or fungal. I'll be fine but I need to rest and allow the meds to do their jobs. My body is very tired right now and riding has to be put on hold for a few weeks until I can build up some stamina again. I'm going to miss Mesquite too....darn it.

Pericardium and Pericarditis

What is the pericardium?
The pericardium (pair"e-KAR'de-um) is the thin sac (membrane) that surrounds the heart and the roots of the great blood vessels.

What is pericarditis?

Pericarditis (pair"e-kar-DI'tis) is inflammation of the pericardium. The pericardium has an inner and outer layer with a small amount of lubricating fluid between them. When the pericardium becomes inflamed, the amount of fluid between the two layers increases. This squeezes the heart and restricts its action.

Who gets pericarditis and what does it feel like?

This problem occurs most often in men ages 20 to 50. Chest pain is common, especially pain behind the breastbone. Sometimes this pain spreads to the neck and left shoulder. Pain from pericarditis is different from angina (AN'jih-nah or an-JI'nah). (Angina is chest pain or discomfort due to reduced blood supply to the heart muscle.) Angina feels like pressure, but pericarditis usually is a sharp, piercing pain over the center or left side of the chest. Often this pain gets worse if the person takes a deep breath. Less often the pain is dull. A fever is also common. Often people with pericarditis report feeling sick. Some have pain when they swallow.

What causes pericarditis?

In most cases, why pericarditis occurs is unknown. However, it can result from one or more of these:

a viral, bacterial or fungal infection
heart attack
cancer spreading from a nearby tumor in the lung, breast or the blood
radiation treatment
injury or surgery
Sometimes it accompanies rheumatoid arthritis, lupus (systemic lupus erythematosus) (e-rith"eh-mah-TO'sus) and kidney failure.

How is pericarditis treated?

Analgesics or anti-inflammatory drugs are given to relieve pain. Antibiotics are also prescribed if the pericarditis is due to a bacterial infection. If excess fluid is seriously affecting the heart's action, a needle may be used to draw it off. In some cases surgery may be required.

Acute inflammatory pericarditis usually lasts one to three weeks and doesn't lead to further problems. About 20 percent of pericarditis patients have a recurrence within months or, rarely, within years.
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Old 02-10-2006, 08:48 PM
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Hey E,

Take it easy and rest some. Glad you're OK!

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Old 02-10-2006, 08:55 PM
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Wow...that is a strange thing to come down with for sure. Good thing you have it under control.


GET WELL SOON ERNIE !
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Old 02-10-2006, 09:37 PM
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get well soon ernie, you got alot of people praying so i think you'll pull through
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thats crazy ernie! i hope all else is well besides that. glad your doing ok considering that nasty hospital food get well mano!!!

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Old 02-10-2006, 11:08 PM
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E you know if you need anything at all and I mean anything, call me bro! I will be there in a heartbeat (sorry that was bad). I mean it though just call.

Get well soon please and don't scare me like this anymore!

Are you missing any races? Oh who cares you would probably fall over within the first 1/4 mile anyway.
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Old 02-10-2006, 11:14 PM
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Your on the prayer list.
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Old 02-10-2006, 11:34 PM
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Holy cow... that's the best reason to not attend Mesquite!

I sure hope you get feeling better soon!
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Old 02-11-2006, 02:22 AM
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get well soon, hate to see a rider down, do you think you have something like what bubba had.
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Old 02-11-2006, 08:46 AM
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Thanks all for the well wishes and prayers. I truly appreciate that.

CR Chick,
I have no idea what Stewart had so I have no idea if this is similar. I do know that a few days before it got really bad that I was feeling very tired. Even the slightest physical activity made me exhausted. I knew something was up but had no idea what it was. I had made a doc visit because of that but never made it to that one.
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