I am a 72 yr old nationally ranked athelete who had a PM implanted 3 months ago for total AV block. There were a series of minor complications from the surgery (punctured lung, repositioned lead, etc) but nothing major. After the surgery I did not feel right. I had multiple symptoms: flutter, Thumps in chest, lightheadedness, and tightness/heaviness in my chest. They changed some PM settings (DDI to VDDR) and the flutters and Thumps went away. But the tightness/irritation in my chest still sometimes got quite bad, even to the point of wiping me out for a couple of days. An echocardiogram and ESR & CRP (blood inflammation markers) tests were negative. Several cardiologists were stumped. Finally a few days ago my cardiologist tentatively diagnosed me as having pericarditis and put me on colchicine (.6mg x2/day). She said I need to be on it for 3 months with only very mild exercise to let my pericardium completely heal.
Does anyone have any experience or knowledge re this? If percarditis is not an uncommon condition following implantation (she says she's had several other athletic patients with this) then I would think the other doctors would have thought of this as well. And I would think this (Wonderful!) community would know about it also.
Also - Does anyone have any experience with colchicine? Is there a a condition where the heart itself is what is inflammed instead of the pericardium?
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