I have what seems like a recurring Pleural effusion in my right lung. It is rather large, and affecting my ability to breath. It causes a cough, and I get short of breath with minimal activity. I just got treated for it along with a pericardial effusion, but the pleural effusion seems to have returned. I got a pericardial window for the pericardial effusion.
Has anyone here had a recurrent pleural effusion, and if so was there some way to treat it? I worry that it could be heart failure (I am taking Votrient, and that is a possible side affect), but I don't have several of the listed side effects of heart failure. Does anyone know if it is normal to just have an effusion in one lung with heart failure, or would it more likely be both lungs?
I'm really scared. It is sad because I had tumors shrink with Votrient, but fear now that I'm having heart failure, or something else is causing this effusion to return again and again. If the effusion is going to come back after every time I have it drained, my ability to breath will be pretty much nill.