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dp very poorly - worried

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spikeyiscool Sun 20-Oct-13 12:03:00

background - dp nearly died from heart failure and complications in February. He has recovered well, is on a huge amount of medication and being seen regularly by doctor's.

On Friday he went to A & E in the evening. He felt terrible, aching all over, and his lungs hurt (last time his lungs hurt was pneumonia just before heart failure). Wasn't sure if it was muscular or something else. A & E did lots of heart and blood related tests and sent him home saying it was a bad back. He then got a really high temperature and cold like symptoms but only for about an hour, but also developed very intense stomach pains. By Saturday afternoon he was in agony, unable to keep even water down (and therefore unable to take medication) and he said he thought the pain had travelled to his kidneys. He went to the out of hours doctor who sent him by ambulance to A & E who discharged him again saying, it's a bad stomach infection, you're going to have to deal with it, come back in six days if you are still unwell.

Dp still in huge amounts of pain, he is shaking and crying from it, though it is all centralised in his stomach. He still can not keep any water down (he was given saline at A & E) and he still can't take his medicine.

Should he just wait for this to go? How long before it is reasonable to go back to the doctor's? I realise that this is probably just a really horrible stomach bug but am worried due to his medical history.

Thank you.

WildThongsHeartString Sun 20-Oct-13 12:06:07

Don't wait, go back to Dr/a&e, be strong and keep at them. Ask for another opinion and please don't be fobbed off.
Hope everything works out well xx

Floralnomad Sun 20-Oct-13 12:06:49

If you are concerned ,which you are ,you call yet he OOH GP now ,and you keep going back until they admit him and deal with the problem . Good luck and be assertive !

headlesslambrini Sun 20-Oct-13 12:07:16

I'm not a medical person, but I think I would be ringing the doctors again, surely they need to find a way of getting his medication inside of him.

cocoleBOO Sun 20-Oct-13 12:08:13

I would phone for an ambulance and get him back to hospital.

spikeyiscool Sun 20-Oct-13 12:09:39

Thank you, all.

Dp said he felt as though the medical staff thought he was a hypochondriac at the hospital last night.

I will phone ooh doctor again.

RandomMess Sun 20-Oct-13 12:09:59

Did they not even bother to do a chest xray angry

yep phone the ambulance and get him back to A&E if he can't keep his meds down then he may need them by drip.

Auntidote Sun 20-Oct-13 12:12:51

Can you get onto the heart failure doctors he sees? They may be able to get him admitted if they think this current nasty episode will compromise the cardiac side - especially if he can't keep his medication down.

Keep at it - it sounds very frightening.

Arriettyborrower Sun 20-Oct-13 12:19:05

A&E - go back, now. He has been seen twice in a very short time span, returning again he needs to be seen by someone senior, at the very least a registrar, however I would insist he is seen by the consultant (if there is one, depends how big your local a&e is).

He absolutely needs to be properly sorted, he sounds septic and he can't take his meds - hugely hugely important. Gahhh this pisses me off so much!!

cocoleBOO Sun 20-Oct-13 12:21:01

Spikey I wouldnt bother with the OOHD but phone for an ambulance.

bundaberg Sun 20-Oct-13 12:23:38

i also would take him straight back to a&e

Hawkmoth Sun 20-Oct-13 12:26:26

Is there another hospital you could go to?

ChippingInNeedsSleepAndCoffee Sun 20-Oct-13 12:27:46

Spikey call an ambulance, they will asses him & when they take him in he will be seen that way and they are less likely to discharge him. If they discharge him I would advise he stays in the waiting room if he is still feeling this bad. There is something wrong and they need to take him seriously - stay until they do. Can you go with him?

FannyFifer Sun 20-Oct-13 12:29:10

Jings, straight back with him.

Do you have the name of consultant he is under for heart issues? Request, no, in fact demand,
cardiologist is contacted.

Can you stay with him, you are going to have to be forceful & demanding with the staff. Do not be fobbed off.

Hope you get to the bottom of it, your poor hubby.

smileyhappymummy Sun 20-Oct-13 12:31:47

Straight back to a+e. He sounds proper poorly, you sound worried, out of hours doctor was also clearly worried enough to get ambulance. There are worse things than medical staff thinking you're making a fuss- which I really hope they didn't, as you aren't!
Get well soon thought for him, hand holding for you.

blondieminx Sun 20-Oct-13 12:32:50

Another one chiming in with ambulance + a&e.

Look the receptionist in the eye and ask her to page both the the senior consultant and the heart doctor he sees, then point out its the third time you've been there, he's in agony, and cant keep water down let alone his heart medication.

Hope everything gets sorted out x

Leverette Sun 20-Oct-13 12:34:24

A&E today. Given his cardiac history he needs a thorough cardiac examination and supportive medical treatment so he can maintain his vitally important drug regime.

mrscog Sun 20-Oct-13 12:36:37

What blondieminx said. And I'm quite 'lax' on the whole when to go to Drs/A&e type scenario normally.

VivaLeThrustBadger Sun 20-Oct-13 12:36:43

He could be having an abdominal aortic aneurysm, take him back to a&e.

Stinkyfeet Sun 20-Oct-13 12:43:16

Can you contact the ward he was on earlier in the year? They might be more helpful.

Floralnomad Sun 20-Oct-13 12:47:35

The ward will not be able to help so please don't ring them .

Leverette Sun 20-Oct-13 16:31:40

Hope you're both doing ok spikey

spikeyiscool Sun 20-Oct-13 16:56:12

In a and e. Dp snoozing after lots of morphine and other pain relief. Drs doing lots of tests, they think it might be gallstones. Thanks everyone for advice. I wasn't sure if we were over reacting or not, but dp is finally being taken seriously.

Floralnomad Sun 20-Oct-13 17:01:51

Gallstones can be very painful hope your husband feels better soon .

Mintyy Sun 20-Oct-13 17:02:11

Outrageous lack of care from A&E on your first two visits!

WildThongsHeartString Sun 20-Oct-13 17:04:18

He's in the right place, glad to hear he is settled at least. Hope you are okay too?

ChippingInNeedsSleepAndCoffee Sun 20-Oct-13 17:12:27

Thank god for that - I was very worried about his symptoms and his lack of care - with his history you cannot be too careful. Even without his history he should have been kept in - it's disgraceful.

Please, when you have him home & well, lodge a formal complaint about his treatment - it is not good enough.

tribpot Sun 20-Oct-13 17:26:52

Another day, another theory sad I'm glad he's in and medicated, and that tomorrow's Monday when there might be some specialist staff available at last.

lisad123everybodydancenow Sun 20-Oct-13 17:40:41

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Is he still under a consultant as an outpatient following his illness in February? I'd ask the hospital to speak to his existing consultant asap.

cocoleBOO Sun 20-Oct-13 20:37:33

I'm glad he's being seen, hopefully he will get a diagnosis and be better soon.
Good luck flowers

spikeyiscool Sun 20-Oct-13 21:15:04

hi all, I am home now with dd. Dp still in a & e, they want to make sure his pain medication continues to work and doesn't wear off. The consultant is 90% sure it is gallstones....As well as morphine he had medicine specifically meant to deal with gastro pain, I don't understand why he couldn't have been given that yesterday. When we left he was in much less pain, and had even managed to eat and drink a little.

I am a bit flummoxed that it took THREE trips over three days to the same A & E to get anyone to really take him seriously. He had a huge amount of heart related tests at his first visit. However, no scan of his stomach or urine tests until today, his third visit. He did indeed get to see a consultant today, finally.

He is still under a consultant for his heart failure, he has a fabulous nurse who he also sees for this. I am going to write to PALs to complain. How much money has been wasted this weekend on dp, whilst at the same time totally failing to provide adequate care?

The ambulance that took him to hospital this afternoon had to travel 17 miles to our house, and then another 13 miles from the hospital to get back to base! All the London based ambulances were already busy (we are a two minute walk from a SW London ambulance base). Precious resources being used because of a failure to look after a patient in the first place. GRR.

I am really grateful for everyone who posted to tell me to take him back to a & e, thank you, I was beginning to wonder if we were both over-reacting.

Floralnomad Sun 20-Oct-13 21:26:22

Are they keeping him overnight or just for a few more hours to see what happens ?

ajandjjmum Sun 20-Oct-13 21:49:22

Gallstones are terribly painful - hope your DP feels better soon.

RandomMess Sun 20-Oct-13 21:56:26

Hope he feels better soon and they get a positive diagnosis one way or the other.

ChippingInNeedsSleepAndCoffee Sun 20-Oct-13 22:00:13

I'm glad you are going to write to PALS - too often people don't and the service continues to go into decline.

I hope they are keeping him in overnight under close obs.

Given his history, apart from anything else, not keeping meds down could be very serious.

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