Doesn't seem that long ago that I was posting about my pleural effusion... The last week or 2 I've been having issues breathing when I first lay down in bed, like my throat tightens up. After a minute or so everything is fine. I just assumed at first I was having some sort of allergic reaction to something. Well, yesterday comes along and I get this pain in my chest; above nipple line and left of center. Hurts to bend over and what finally did it for me was the pain when inhaling deeply.
Went to the walk-in in Barrington last night, after a couple of X-rays the doc comes back in and cocks his head sideways a bit and says "You're an interesting dude". Oh, great.... Turns out I have excessive fluid around my heart. At this point I have a script for prednisone but I'm not supposed to take it unless it gets worse. I'm seeing my regular doc Thursday morning first thing, they already scheduled me for a chest ultrasound for May 13 (2 weeks from today- hurry up and wait...). I'm taking ibuprofen through the day. The reason for not taking the prednisone is even though it will make me feel better, any tests to determine why this happened will come back as negative. Seems I'm getting a bit of a chronic inflammation issue and I really want to figure out why. This is inflammation, the effusion was determined to be caused by inflammation and I self-diagnosed costochondritis (inflammation of the connective tissue in the ribcage) a few years back. I'm too young (35) for this crap.