The only way to treat this is to remove the pericardium with a special type of heart surgery called a pericardial window procedure. Conwell, D. Read and follow all instructions on the label. Luo, MD. The pain of acute pericarditis may travel into your left shoulder and neck. Email an article.
This area is known as the costochondral joint. For some people, this pain is dull instead of sharp. Blood transfusions may also be necessary. Your doctor may recommend OTC or prescription-strength pain relievers and anti-inflammatories or steroids. Signs and symptoms When the costochondral joint becomes inflamed, it can result in sharp chest pain and tenderness, which may develop gradually or start suddenly.
To diagnose costochondritis, the doctor will ask your child questions about the symptoms and will feel for tenderness along the area where the breastbone meets the ribs. Pericarditis is described as recurrent if it occurs about four to six weeks after an episode of acute pericarditis with a symptom-free interval in between. Additional information. Enlarged spleen splenomegaly. When symptoms develop more gradually or persist, pericarditis is considered chronic. The mother's body chemistry may also change, and other causes of pain under the left breast during pregnancy can include:.