My mother is 67 years old. She has had mid-sternum, left shoulder and left side of neck pain and discomfort for almost a year. She was diagnosed with a pericardial effusion and had a pericardial window to drain approx. 16 oz. of fluid. All cultures came back neg. RA factor is present, but rheumatologist says RA is not active. She continues 4 months post surgery to carry a low-grade fever off and on. Pain mentioned above still persists. She just had another echo and it shows more fluid present again. Surgery is being considered.
She is 5'9" and only weighs 94 lbs. due to poor diet and malabsorption from previous abdominal surgery 10 years ago.
Any info would be welcome. It is very frustrating not knowing the cause of the fluid build-up and no answers for the chest/shoulder/neck pain.