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Pericarditis

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I'm wondering if anyone knows if there is a known association between Pericarditis and Celiac. I have been gluten free since Jan '09 and was feeling great until Aug '09 (right after my honeymoon to the Dominican Republic) when I came down with pericarditis. I have been fighting pericarditis since then. The doctors keep putting be on high doses of prednisone then slowly trying to lower me off but then I start getting chest pain again and they raise me back up. I hate being on so much prednisone as i am getting every side effect in the book (moon face, weight gain, no immune system, swollen lymph nodes and ankles, sweats..) I know I have read that some causes of pericarditis are autoimmune disorders and just wondering if this might be related to celiac. I was so relived to feel so much better on a gluten free diet and thought all my problems had been fixed but now my body can't seem to kick this.

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I am sorry you are having such awful issues. Your pharmacist is making sure the prednisone is gluten-free right? I know gluten causes inflammation in us, that's what the 'itis' stands for. Could it cause inflammation in the heart? I really don't know for sure. I hope this resolves for you soon.

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Thanks for the good wishes, both the pharmacist and I have been checking all my various medications so I pretty sure every thing I'm on should be gluten free :)

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