I have had congestive heart failure-like symptoms for more than a month; but the symptoms do not fully subside with Lasix diiuretic therapy - which they did in one instance, before. Now, I get a chest fullness feeling during exertion - walking in from the parking lot. Recent blood work shows elevated C-Reactive Protein, generally indicating systemic, probably cardiac, inflammation. My PCP wants to wait for a Cardiologic EchoCardiogram interpretation - to rule out blockage, valve regurgitation, etc. before putting me on a course of antibiotics.
While waiting, can I help myself by taking some OTC NSAID's such as ALEVE, just to see if there is any improvement, particularly under exertion.