In pericarditis, the lining that surrounds the heart becomes inflamed. This may cause a sharp pain with each breath or when changing body positions. The most common cause of pericarditis is a viral infection. This condition will go away in about 1-2 weeks.
It is important to rest until you feel better. Avoid heavy exertion during this time.
You may use ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil) or naproxen (Naprosyn, Aleve) to control pain, unless another medicine was prescribed. [NOTE: If you have chronic liver or kidney disease or ever had a stomach ulcer or GI bleeding, talk with your doctor before using these medicines.] Acetaminophen (Tylenol) may not help this type of pain as much as ibuprofen or naproxen type medicines.
with your doctor or this facility as advised. Also contact your doctor if your symptoms do not improve within one week, or if they last more than two weeks.
Get Prompt Medical Attention
if any of the following occur:
A change in the type of pain: if it feels different, becomes more severe, lasts longer, or begins to spread into your shoulder, arm, neck, jaw or back
Shortness of breath or increased pain with breathing
Weakness, dizziness, or fainting
Cough with dark colored sputum (phlegm) or blood
Fever of 100.4°F (38ºC) or higher, or as directed by your healthcare provider