Pericarditis is an inflammation of the pericardium, the fibrous sac surrounding the heart. Both chronic and acute pericarditis are possibilities, and in each case the inflammation is likely to result in feelings of chest pain.
Low-grade fever, difficulty breathing while lying down, edema in the stomach or legs, and a general sense of being ill are other symptoms of pericarditis, which is often caused by a virus but frequently goes unexplained. These are signs of a serious condition that requires a doctor's medical consultation.
Home Remedies: Anti-inflammatory foods and supplements are a good first step to address pericarditis, as are systemic antivirals such as garlic. However, be certain that a chosen natural remedy doesn't conflict with any heart medications prescribed by your doctor.
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03/18/2010: Annie from Lake City, Florida: "Thank You all for being a beacon of hope so many times with so many remedies. Earthclinic is always the first source we go to! I think I may have pericarditis-- but I don't see it listed in ailments. Anyone have any suggestions? Thanks!"Replies
03/23/2010: Annie from Lake City, Florida replies: "Thank You Earthclinic for adding this as a topic...I thought I should update. It was not perecarditis - I'm thankful to say. I ended up calling 911 because of a constant chest pain that I was having added to a sharp rise in blood pressure and heart rate ( caused by too much time on the internet researching the cause- which got me scared!:) and when they got there they assured me that I would be in extreme pain ( which I wasn't) if that was the case. Still have the pain- but paramedics say I'm fine- no other symptoms... will keep searching. Thank You!"
03/06/2012: James9824 from Sharon, Ct replies: "Pericarditis: Try taking Hawthorn tablets, tincture and tea."
03/10/2012: Normajean from Round Mountain, Nevada replies: "Hi Annie, I realize this post is light years away from you original post but in case any one else is searching...
I too was having terrible chest pains. Sure I was having a heart attack. Results? No heart attack. Drs said they believed it to be Costochondritis. Inflammation in the chest due possibly from a respiratory infection or trauma to the chest. I had just been hammered a week or two before with the worst case of flu in my life. The coughing was like being hit by a car. So that would have been to me a trauma to the chest. I have since had those pains again though not as bad and strange flutterings in my heart area that seem to affect me clear to my throat, which is why I am searching on this site tonight. All my tests and blood work show that I am in perfect shape, doctor said to get out of his office and stay away from doctors cause I was not one who needed them. Yet I still have these pains and the strange fluttering and I am so very tired all of the time. I don't feel well regardless of what the doctors say. I hope you have found your answers and better health as well."