A few weeks of hell

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  1. timskemp

    timskemp Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    A few weeks ago I went to the doctor with chest pains and persistent cough. Doctor I saw diagnosed post nasal drip caused by hay fever, said it would take a while to go away take OTC hay fever tablets etc. She also looked at a lump that I thought was a hernia but she thought was probably fat, but booked an ultrasound anyhow.

    So I stopped driving everywhere roof down, only went out on the bike after sunset (to be fair the heat was too bad anyway) and resigned myself to a summer of hay fever misery.

    The cough got worse. Two weeks ago I was on my way back from Sheffield to Hull and I had to pull off the motorway as I had chest pains and couldn't breathe. Ambulance did an ECG and said "nothing cardiac, see your GP as probably muscular caused by the chronic cough"

    Saw GP Monday 30th. To be exact saw prescribing nurse, who called the GP in as it was a bit more than "take these tablets come back in 7 days if not better"

    Almost no breath sounds on right side; and the "maybe" hernia had incarcerated. Ambulance called. Within hours I'm in surgery.

    Sidenote: I have a massive, deep set and worked on for years fear of hospitals and medical procedures. You can see how this is going can't you....

    Two days on ICU, total 5 days in hospital getting mentally worse but physically better, sent home with antibiotics and instruction to rest a lot but move around as much as I can. Diagnosis of Pneumonia.

    Why am I posting this? Because I need to vent; because I need support; because I've got an SLK I can't drive for a few weeks... This has been probably the worst few weeks of my life so far!
     
  2. Smart320

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    Am glad to hear you are on the mend and can see you have got things in perspective! Not being allowed to drive your SLK for a few weeks will feel like torture.
     
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  3. Pontoneer

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    It sounds as though it has been caught in time , so no doubt after a period of recuperation you’ll be fine again .
     
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    When I read the thread title, I thought you were referring to a courtesy loan car that you didn't like...

    Glad to hear that you're getting better.

    Diagnosed, fixed, recuperating. A bit of discomfort, but you can look forward to being back to normal soon.
     
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    I has a similar experience with my shortness of breath. I went to see my consultant for a routine review of my arthritis and associated meds, I mentioned the the breathing issue and he thought it may be a side effect of methotrexate. So I stop taking it and go for a chest x-ray, a week later I get an appointment at the pleural clinic for a CT scan. Next thing I know I am sat with a consultant a specialist nurse and a Macmillan nurse.:eek: At this point it starts to get scary, I have fluid in the chest cavity and a thickening of the chest lining. They took some fluid for testing then did a thorascopy which is a whole in your side for a biopsy and a drain pipe for the fluid, then three days on a ward full of lunatics. Sent home with the drain in for a week, dressing change every three days.

    Drain taken out and stitched up, stitches taken out a week later. I am then moved on to the Haematology department at Christie Hospital where I have echo cardiogram, PET scan and bloods taken. I am now awaiting RCHOP chemo for lymphoma, scary old time but I am in the very best of care you can get and not going to let it beat me.
     
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    My sympathies - spent 12 hours on Wednesday in A & E with severe chest pains. Got a lot of attention but everything checked out Ok. A lot to be grateful for with the NHS.
     
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    Glad you're on the mend. I and I'm sure others on here can empathise with your scary experience. I'm sure there will be no shortage of volunteers to drive your SLK for you. ;)
     
  8. wu56Shoozz

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    Its an interesting topic actually, because I've been going through similar although not nearly as bad.. I had Pneumonia a couple of years back and was touch and go.. around about this time too.. but since then have had a weakness in my chest, always after a cold or flu straight into my chest it goes.. anyways after my visit to the doctors, she said that there was a lot of pneumonia/chest infection going around triggered by the heat wave. She hasn't seen so many with what she called RVS (Respiratory Viral Syndrome) so of course these now legendary antibiotics that are 60 years old by design come out and "I'll give you what the army get 1000mg the strongest I can prescribe" a week later and I'm still wheezing away like I've had 70 woodbine a day for the last 30 years.. Any way just thought I'd say, you're not alone, plenty of us out here with the "Wheeze" get well soon and I'll see you in the next bed.. lols!
     
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    Glad your on the road to recovery. Had bronchitis a few years ago and although not as serious as your issue it felt I was drowning in my own lungs, not pleasant.
     
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    Wish you all the best, you made me laugh with the ward full of lunatics crack, get well soon.
     
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    Best wishes to the OP and the rest of the follks here suffering from the various nasties that affect most of us at some stage in our lives

    One thing’s for sure. Good old NHS, doing its best to keep us all ticking over. It has its troubles but is one of the things that makes this country great.

    We should all of us take to the streets the moment they threaten to take it away from us.

    Amen.
     
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    All the best with your recovery Tim, still hoping to see you next weekend.
     
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    Thinking of you Tricky , My mum went through Lymphoma and came out the otherside. Best wishes

    Wishing a speedy recovery to the Op
     
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    Was rushed in with double pneumonia a few years ago, you have my sympathy

    I had a convertible then aswell.......
     

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