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Voicing symptoms that have previously got me in A&E

(17 Posts)
JustAnotherMumHere Mon 01-Feb-16 17:06:16

When my son was born, (c section), I was sent home and started walking around. When he was 48 hours old I rang the ward asking for advice on chest pain/tight breathing. They simply said ring 999. I burst into tears because I hadn't thought it was serious enough for that. But I was rushed to A&E, them thinking I had a PE (lung clot). I didn't. Nevertheless I was kept in hospital as I started to get extreme wound pains. I was put on morphine. The chest pains carried on for a few weeks unexplained apart from possibly being my chest expanding due to having more room to breathe.

NOW, 2 years later, I'm 37 weeks pregnant tomorrow, and I have the same symptoms. Both the breathing and the wound pains (although not as bad wound pains ie. I'm not screaming in pain like last time, just on verge of tears). It's been going on for 4 hours now.

I don't want to make a fuss, I don't think I need A&E. But I don't want to be in this pain for the rest of the pregnancy.

Has anyone experienced this? What could a doctor actually do to "cure" me anyway?

I think I'll see the GP tomorrow...

Heirhelp Mon 01-Feb-16 17:15:18

GP will send you to A and E with these symptoms as they will need to do an ECG.

vvviola Mon 01-Feb-16 17:19:20

By wound pains, do you mean pains in your old CS wound?? I don't have experience of CS, but I would think that would be something you should ring your midwife about, at the very least?

Jellybean100 Mon 01-Feb-16 17:24:41

You need to ring your assessment unit to be seen straight away. Both pain across your scar and chest pain are serious symptoms xxx

YeOldeTrout Mon 01-Feb-16 17:45:08

At 37 weeks I think you should be checked out. (I know it sucks, I need a leg to be falling off before I would want to go, too)

Freezingwinter Mon 01-Feb-16 17:47:48

I used to get a crushing chest pain when my bp was low. I was admitted for ?pe as well. But you do need to go to A and E or ring 111 for advice, you should never ignore chest pains. Good luck x

JustAnotherMumHere Mon 01-Feb-16 17:51:46

I think I'll go to out of hours... hopefully they have an ECG there. I'll just wait for DP to do bedtime for toddler, poor toddler isn't feeling well - nor is DP for that matter. I really just don't want to go to A&E, it's 50 minutes away.

Baby is moving around, but braxton hicks have started.

Symptoms calm down if I stay on the sofa and don't move! It's the stairs that are the worst...

littleducks Mon 01-Feb-16 17:52:40

You might be seen in labour ward rather than A&E at your stage of pregnancy. Less of a wait and fuss

Think you def need checking over

JustAnotherMumHere Mon 01-Feb-16 17:53:20

Freezingwinter - really? I suffer from low blood pressure but never heard that..! My vision is totally fine, and I don't feel dizzy - those are my normal low blood pressure symtoms...

littleducks Mon 01-Feb-16 17:54:17

Crossed posts. Phone your labour ward/midwife/maternity unit. I don't think or of hours will want to take any risks of you are pg and might not see you at all

Jellybean100 Mon 01-Feb-16 18:11:58

If you have scar pain you need to ring maternity not GP!

JustAnotherMumHere Mon 01-Feb-16 18:16:27

I don't actually think it's wound pain, it's higher up, I'm not sure if its simply ligerment (sorry I know thay isnt spelt right...!) Pain. But it feels like the pain I had after the c section, just milder.

I'm sitting on the sofa still and it simply feels like braxton hicks. So i'm going to give it a while - some chocolate and some netflix, and then if I can't fall asleep then maybe it's not braxton hicks.. I never went into labour with my son (he was transverse) so i have no clue..

sepa Mon 01-Feb-16 18:20:44

I would say ring your triage just to be safe. I know it's a pain but they are there to check mumma and baby are well. MW at my hospital have always been really lovely so I'm sure yours would rather it be nothing than for you to wait to see if it gets worse

whatsoever Mon 01-Feb-16 18:46:13

Always a bit unsure why anyone describes quite serious symptoms on mumsnet, everyone tells OP they should get checked out as symptoms quite serious but OP blythly insists they're fine. Why bother posting if it's all fine? It doesn't sound fine and you are full term pregnant for heavens sake. Get checked out.

5madthings Mon 01-Feb-16 18:50:49

Op call labour and delivery, they will see you and can check all is Ok. You don't need to hang around in a &e.

lljkk Mon 01-Feb-16 19:01:58

So does that mean that previous time OP was just having afterpains?

JustAnotherMumHere Mon 01-Feb-16 19:12:12

Whatsoever - maybe because it bought me time to think, rather than going into anything in a haste?

I do now feel 100% better. Not even braxton hicks now. It was probably just down to being active today.

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