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MoreSnowPlease Sun 23-Nov-14 13:21:01

I would feel really silly doing so as it's neither an accident or emergency but I'm really struggling and DP is at least home today and so has the DC. I have been to the gp a few days ago and they are doing tests but it's getting worse.

I basically keep feeling very breathless and faint. My arms and legs are going tingly and numb and I am alternating between sweating hot and shivering. I do have some sort of cold at the mo but the fainting and breathlessness are things I've had before and are just very bad at the moment. I keep thinking I'll drop tge baby and find it very hard to climb the stairs or just stand up really so taking care of a toodler and baby who are both sick is really tricky. What would you do? Would I be seen as wasting their time as I am having tests at the docs? They won't be back for 2 weeks though and thry are the same as ones I have had before which have shown nothing.

lljkk Sun 23-Nov-14 13:23:52

What do you think A+E can do for you?
A+E can't do care for chronic conditions, sounds like you have a chronic condition. That's what GPs & ordinary hospital care is for.
If you feel you're truly struggling for breath then going to A+E to get oxygen would make sense. Or if you are struggling to maintain consciousness.

sharonthewaspandthewineywall Sun 23-Nov-14 13:23:54

Maybe you think its not an accident or an emergency but you are clealry unwell so getting medical attention of course isnt being unreasonable

sharonthewaspandthewineywall Sun 23-Nov-14 13:24:20

CLEARLY

lljkk Sun 23-Nov-14 13:24:55

What happens if you call your doctor's surgery, OP, do they have an out-of-hours service? most have something like that.

sharonthewaspandthewineywall Sun 23-Nov-14 13:25:17

Its not chronic if its come on over the past few days

magpiegin Sun 23-Nov-14 13:26:47

I would call out of hours and get their advice.

PiperIsTerrysChoclateOrange Sun 23-Nov-14 13:27:28

Would out of hour doctors be a better option.

Bunbaker Sun 23-Nov-14 13:28:21

Another vote for calling out of hours or 111.

DertieBertie Sun 23-Nov-14 13:29:53

If you can't breathe or get one-sided weakness, get to ED. Otherwise, see your GP tomorrow.

MoreSnowPlease Sun 23-Nov-14 13:30:09

I don't know what they can do for me but I assume do tests and look at results then and there....e.g. a chest xray was one gp did but I won't know results until 2 weeks time, same with bloods. I am struggling for breath if I'm upright and as DP is here he is doing most of the care for DC which won't happen next week. I have to lie down to stop myself fainting which is obviously not practical

Coconutty Sun 23-Nov-14 13:31:34

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

MoreSnowPlease Sun 23-Nov-14 13:31:41

It's both sides weakness not one side...does that make a difference? Would out of hours not be the same as gp?

confusedandemployed Sun 23-Nov-14 13:32:18

Call out of hours and take their advice about going in.
And ring your GP tomorrow to get clarification about the test results. I'm a practice manager and our blood results are usually back within 2-3 days.

lljkk Sun 23-Nov-14 13:37:25

How long was OP ill for before seeing GP "a few" days ago. Considering BBC thinks that "a few" = 38, I don't know what OP meant by a few.

Yes out of hours is a type of GP, they will start with same examination you'd start with in A+E. If GP sees you are wheezing for breath or that you tick boxes for things like a stroke, they will send you to A+E and you may be fast-tracked to immediate admission (happened to me).

Up to you, I guess. I'd go to great lengths to avoid waiting around for hours in A+E to be sent home with only advice. A+E can check how much oxygen is in your blood, is one thing GP can't do. GP can check your temp (A+E would do), observe if you are slurring words or wheezing.

Rather sounds like virus & you should be in bed. But up to you, I may have wrong impression.

lljkk Sun 23-Nov-14 13:39:14

ps: has anyone taken your temp? I went into hospital with temp of 41, that was fun (Not). Which gave me shivers & chills & so on. Have you taken paracetomol?

riverboat1 Sun 23-Nov-14 13:40:11

Are you diabetic?

Theorientcalf Sun 23-Nov-14 13:40:55

It doesn't take two weeks to get blood results back, I don't even know why GPs say this.

naturalbaby Sun 23-Nov-14 13:42:12

Phone nhs direct and try and get an out of hours appointment.

MoreSnowPlease Sun 23-Nov-14 13:46:39

I'm not wheezy or having a stroke. Left arm is number than right but both feel numb...just climbed stairs slowly and have to sit down and out of breath...I am in my 20's so I doubt this is normal. Like I said I have always suffered with this type if thing but never this bad for this long. Gp was a few days ago but it had been going on for about a week or so at that point I would guess this episode has been for aboit 2 weeks

Bunbaker Sun 23-Nov-14 13:49:46

Sp stop procrastinating and contact out of hours or 111.

DO IT NOW.

Bunbaker Sun 23-Nov-14 13:50:07

That was meant to say "so"

Mulderandskully Sun 23-Nov-14 13:50:15

I agree it sounds like you need to be in bed. The GP likely would've sent you for emergency treatment if needed. I think you'll be more exhausted and ill going out to A&E and you won't get anything out of it.

Mariposa10 Sun 23-Nov-14 13:50:15

Are you feeling faint or are you actually fainting? Have you ever suffered from anxiety before? Could it be a panic attack?

MoreSnowPlease Sun 23-Nov-14 13:54:29

I am preventing myself from fainting by lying down when I feel faint, I have fainted many times before and know what it's like and how to stop it. Not really looking for a diagnosis here but would a&e be able to find out what's wrong or would ooh? Or would they be the same as gp?

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