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Shoulder pain, breathing shallowly. Diagnosed with pericarditis. Taking motrin and cochicine. Pain relief gel?

Hello. I was diagnosed with acute pericarditis about two weeks ago from the hospital. I've been taking motrin and cochicine around the clock. I thought it was almost gone about a week ago, but now I have shifting pain. I'm either breathing really shallowly and have pain when trying to lie down, or I have throbbing pain in my shoulder. Is there some type of cooling gel that I can take to ease the shoulder pain?
Asked On : Wed, 24 Apr 2013
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Dear Vania
thanks for writing to HCmagic.
The pain in your shoulder blade towards the mid-line, mainly on the back part, is usually a referred pain of pericarditis. but if it will really persist after 14 days of colchicine & ibuprofen therapy (motrin) is doubtful. if it is really a referred pain i am afraid local application of gel will not help in it.
I would advise you to see your doctor to ascertain the cause of pain and proceed accordingly. Pain of acute pericarditis persisting for 2 weeks on drugs , warrants at least a physician visit and may be more.
feel free to discuss further.
sukhvinder singh
Answered: Thu, 25 Apr 2013
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