hi all! i posted a little over a week ago about chest and throat pain when i breathe in starting after i had my PM implanted. last week (4 weeks after implant), i was on my honeymoon in the Georgia mountains with what i thought was a cold that wouldn't get better and my chest and throat were starting to hurt more, so i went to a local doctor hoping to get some meds and enjoy the rest of the week. well, the dr heard something in my heart and ordered and echo, so the next morning i went in for an echo...short story, there was about 3 cm of fluid around my heart and i was transported by ambulance to atlanta to st. joseph's. turns out i had pericarditis (fluid build up around my heart) which was apparently some cause of the pain in my chest and throat when i would breathe in. they did surgery that afternoon to drain the fluid, cut a pericardial window (to keep from getting a fluid build up) and inserted a tube to drain fluid for the next 48 hours. they tested the fluid to see if a virus could have been the cause but another possiblity was a lead had punctured my heart causing this fluid build up. i was wondering if anyone had experienced anything like this and if a cause was the PM implant. i guess it's a blessing that i went on my honeymoon where i did bc my cardiologist and general dr had dismissed the pain as post surgery pain and cold/allergy causes.
anyways, if anyone has any information on a similar experience i would love to hear about it. this site has been a tremendous blessing especially since i am 22, and have no one else my age around with similar experiences. i learn a lot from hearing from others and am glad i found this site when i did. thanks!