|Dec 25 2011|
So at the moment I am not feeling well. That being said I am a little agitated.
How I got pericarditis. I had my wisdom teeth removed when I was 21years old and the dentistdid not give me antibiotics. He said I did not need them (NOTE: NEVER HAVE YOUR WISDOM TEETH REMOVED WITHOUT DEMANDING ANTIBIOTICS AS THIS APPEARS TO BE A WAY YOU GET ACTUALLY GET THE DISEASE). I got a small infection in one of holes on the bottom left side of my mouth. I started using a saline rinse to try and clear it up myself but to no avail as I woke up at like 7 am from horrendous chest pain thinking I was going to die. I had an extremely high fever to the point where staying concious was very difficult. Breathing hurt so bad and I felt like I couldnt get oxygen. Anyways I thought I was dead believe me your body knows when your in deep shit and I had all the alarm bells in the world going off. Anyways Im getting angry writing about my story but basically I went to a hospital and they told me I was fine and that I had the flu and that I needed to go home and get rest. So guess what happened I got significantly worse and I was out of town in kingston Ontario at the Kingston General hospital which in my personal opinion is a joke of an institution. Anyways I get persuaded into returning to Montreal Quebec where I actually live. I went in and out of consciousness on the journey back. I was pretty sure I was going to die. Anyways my best friends dad is a doctor and a good one he tells me right away after I get picked up from the train station he says you either have pericarditis or a pulmonary embolism. Anyways I go into St mary's Hospital here in Montreal where I spend the next week in CCU. So due to the incompetence of the Kingston General Hospital I had pericarditus for probably 18 to 20 hours before I actually started getting any treatment.
About a year later I find out that when you have pericarditis for the 1st time. If you treat it early with NSAIDS and then go on a low dose of colchicine for 6 months or so after your 1st attack. You will greatly reduce the chance of having a pericarditis attack again and if you do the attacks are probably going to be less frequent. Of course since there is not that much knowledge around on pericarditis I find this out after already having it for a year and having attacks several times every week. That being said I now have an extremely chronic case and theres no going back. So to prevent this from happening to you. Learn about the signs and symptoms and if you are diagnosed with pericarditis get yourself NSAIDS and colchicine and reduce the frequency that you have to deal with it and possibly prevent it from ever happening again!
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