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What are symptoms of myocarditis?

Myocarditis can be mild and cause virtually no noticeable symptoms. The most frequent symptom of myocarditis is pain in the chest. Other symptoms are related to the underlying triggering cause, like infection or an autoimmune disorder. The following is a list of symptoms and signs of myocarditis:

  • Chest pain or chest discomfort
  • Shortness of breath
  • Swelling and/or edema
  • Liver congestion
  • Abnormal heartbeat (palpitations)
  • Sudden death (in young adults)
  • Fever (usually associated with an infectious process)

Myocarditis in children and infants has more nonspecific symptoms:

  • Malaise
  • Poor appetite
  • Abdominal pain
  • Chronic cough
  • Increasing difficulty breathing
  • Fever
  • Rash
  • Diarrhea
  • Joint pains
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Comment from: Bonnie, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: November 23

I injured my hamstring 4 weeks ago. I was walking away from my horse while holding my saddle in front of me and tripped over a mounting block. I tried to catch my fall and extended my right leg out to the left and felt a pop and excruciating pain. I went to the doctor and got a steroid shot, with instructions to use ice and then heat. It is hard for me to rest except at bedtime. I do Yoga once a week and this seemed to be helping. However, I slipped the other night in my kitchen and aggravated the previous injury. I feel like I'm starting over with the healing process. I can usually tolerate pain but this pain is horrible. I decided to do some research and came to this website. This information was very helpful.

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Comment from: zanele, 0-2 Female (Caregiver) Published: October 29

My ten month old daughter had flu all winter then just for a couple of days she experienced shortness of breath, vomiting, loss of appetite, and was screaming nonstop. That's when I stopped going to the clinic and went to a big hospital where she was diagnosed with myocarditis and spent two weeks in the ward and a week in ICU. Now she is taking medicines to prevent the heart from getting tired and keep pumping and she seems okay.

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Comment from: kristine254, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: August 31

I felt a pop in my calf. I went to the doctor and was told that I ruptured my gastrocnemius tendon in my right calf. They said apply ice or heat whichever feels better, take Tylenol and that it will just take time to heal, 2-3 week usually.

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