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Old 02-25-2013, 19:57   #46
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2) I should have trusted my gut and been a bigger advocate for myself, including challenging the doctors opinions that didn't mesh with my symptoms. I was attempting to be "helpful and compliant" this was a disservice to myself and family.

First I'm glad they have it figured out!

Can't stress the importance of this point enough. Your gut is rarely wrong, my docs and I have ahhh...discussions...all the time. My dad thought his doc was G-d and it cost him his life.
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Old 02-25-2013, 20:32   #47
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Your post.

You forgot 6) Go to the range and shoot some more.

Glad you id'ed it so you can treat it!
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Old 02-25-2013, 20:52   #48
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Glad this was figured out. My first impression was pericarditis based upon the symptoms. That your PCP and subsequent specialists missed this is primarily due to not taking a complete patient history, JMO, and is a lost art. Had he/she done so he/she would have picked up on the Coxsackie virus exposure prior to the onset of your symptoms. This is a member of the Enterovirus family and is a family of viruses that can cause persistent infections. Hence the possibility of recurrence of your symptoms.

As you probably know the Indomethacin is an anti-inflammatory NSAID. This is symptomatic treatment only.

The principle area of my research is the etiology of chronic "idiopathic" diseases. I believe that most if not all of the so called "idiopathic" diseases are the result of chronic viral and/or bacterial infections. Some species are particularly adept at avoiding or subverting our natural (innate) responses to promote a chronic inflammatory state in the infected tissues that are recognized as a wide variety of chronic diseases.

A couple of my colleagues work with Coxsackie virus. With your permission, I will check with them to see if (a) there is an affordable diagnostic test and (b) what anti-viral drugs are currently available to clear the virus if any. I will send you a PM with what I learn if you send me a PM letting me know that you want me to do this. I don't want to get your hopes up, I simply don't know and am just willing to do some research for you.

Let me know.
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Old 02-25-2013, 21:22   #49
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Glad this was figured out. My first impression was pericarditis based upon the symptoms. That your PCP and subsequent specialists missed this is primarily due to not taking a complete patient history, JMO, and is a lost art. Had he/she done so he/she would have picked up on the Cocksackie virus exposure prior to the onset of your symptoms. This is a member of the Enterovirus family and is a family of viruses that can cause persistent infections. Hence the possibility of recurrence of your symptoms.

As you probably know the Indomethacin is an anti-inflammatory NSAID. This is symptomatic treatment only.

The principle area of my research is the etiology of chronic "idiopathic" diseases. I believe that most if not all of the so called "idiopathic" diseases are the result of chronic viral and/or bacterial infections. Some species are particularly adept at avoiding or subverting our natural (innate) responses to promote a chronic inflammatory state in the infected tissues that are recognized as a wide variety of chronic diseases.

A couple of my colleagues work with Cosackie virus. With your permission, I will check with them to see if (a) there is an affordable diagnostic test and (b) what anti-viral drugs are currently available to clear the virus if any. I will send you a PM with what I learn if you send me a PM letting me know that you want me to do this. I don't want to get your hopes up, I simply don't know and am just willing to do some research for you.

Let me know.
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Old 02-25-2013, 21:51   #50
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I'm glad you isolated the problem, and I have high hopes that the treatment will resolve it and that it won't reoccur.

Take care and stay safe!
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I'm glad they got it figured out, Joe. Wouldn't want you pulling your hair out worrying about it.

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Old 02-25-2013, 22:45   #52
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I'm glad you got an answer. I hope you are feeling better. I know I'm going to come off crunchy tree hugging dirty hippy like, BFD. Look hard at your nutrition and see if that can boost your own immune system to kick the coxsacki virus in its cocksacky.. Geter done.
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Old 02-26-2013, 10:24   #53
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So when we going shooting again?
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Old 02-26-2013, 10:26   #54
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So when we going shooting again?
That is a great questions! I think Adal had something on this.... Otherwise weekends work best for me now days.
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