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tight chest - help

(31 Posts)
Slartybartfast Mon 09-Oct-17 18:06:49

I have had a cold for a few weeks, culminating on feeling very streaming and rough on saturday.
last night and the night before I can't sleep for the tightness in my chest.
it is Awful. I thought about going to A & E
i go for a walk with my dog and it is awful.
driving or sitting at home seems ok.

there is nothing to Bring up, if you like. I dont smoke, I vape. at least with smoking I would have had a productive cough.

what is the cure?

KingIrving Mon 09-Oct-17 19:19:29

A visit to your GP

Slartybartfast Mon 09-Oct-17 19:22:10

oh no I am not going to GP, I have looked symptoms of chest infection up on NHS website and it specifically says a visit to the GP is not necessary.

i was after remedies from here

KingIrving Mon 09-Oct-17 19:46:18

I can't sleep for the tightness in my chest.
So can't sleep
it is Awful. I thought about going to A & E
It was so bad you considered A&E
i go for a walk with my dog and it is awful.
It is difficult to walk

yet..... you don't want to go to the GP
How do you know you don't have pneumonia?
Chest tightness needs to be checked

Slartybartfast Mon 09-Oct-17 19:47:47

i guess if i dont go to work tomorrow i wont get paid is a big reason.

Madreputa Mon 09-Oct-17 19:48:37

You might have pneumonia.

cupofchai Mon 09-Oct-17 19:52:36

Ok!!! You go to your GP for General Health matters like a cold or a virus!

You go to A&E for an Accident or an Emergency!!!

So go your GP!

Slartybartfast Mon 09-Oct-17 19:54:52

no i am not after advice about whether to go to a and e, this was in the middle of the night last night. i felt i needed some help.
but now - well I have had a bath which helped.

i will see what the night time brings.

Slartybartfast Mon 09-Oct-17 19:55:24

you dont go to your GP for a cold

gamerchick Mon 09-Oct-17 19:57:43

No but you do if you’re struggling to breathe. That shit is important.

If you can’t breathe then you may not be able to work at some point for a hefty chunk of time that could have been avoided if you’d dealt with it earlier.

confusedwife84 Mon 09-Oct-17 20:02:25

You don’t get chest tightness from a cold. You need your chest listened to by a doc and possibly antibiotics.

ShirleyPhallus Mon 09-Oct-17 20:02:55

I agree to seeing your doctor

But on a practical note, slowing down your breathing and trying to breathe in for 3 then out for 11, focusing on breathing from the bottom of your stomach always helps me (I have asthma and regularly get chest infections)

loveyoutothemoon Mon 09-Oct-17 20:14:52

You need antibiotics for a chest infection

Violetparis Mon 09-Oct-17 20:18:55

Sounds like a asthma inhaler or steroids would help, only available from GP. Other than that the usual things like Vicks might help.

MollyHuaCha Mon 09-Oct-17 20:22:36

Call 111.

Debpool Mon 09-Oct-17 20:23:07

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Slartybartfast Mon 09-Oct-17 20:37:04

I will focus on my breathing.
and consider a GP appointment.

Hulder Mon 09-Oct-17 20:42:19

You go to your GP.

Your cold has gone on for a few weeks. It is not getting better.

You have tried sitting it out - it hasn't worked. And now you feel tight chested at night. That's not a symptom of a cold.

Go and see a real live GP. You may have a chest infection. You may have asthma. You need to see a real doctor.

ShirleyPhallus Mon 09-Oct-17 20:50:51

I agree, PLEASE don't just try the breathing thing and ignore all other advice

Please also see a GP

Acornantics Mon 09-Oct-17 20:55:15

A few weeks ago I thought I had flu, had temp, fever, tight chest and vomiting. I didn't go to see the GP for 3 days, he prescribed antibiotics, then went again after another 2, more antibiotics and a chest xray, ended up immediately being admitted to hospital with pneumonia for 5 days and am still off work two weeks later, recovering, signed off for a further two weeks.

Go and see your GP asap.

SparklingBollards Mon 09-Oct-17 21:11:23

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ShirleyPhallus Mon 09-Oct-17 22:22:14

What did people say that was so salty it was deleted?!

00100001 Tue 10-Oct-17 14:48:47

Why ask for advice and THEN IGNORE IT?? confused

00100001 Tue 10-Oct-17 14:49:28

I mean... what else do you want us to tell you? confused

Seeyamonday Tue 10-Oct-17 14:53:33

I had a cold 3 weeks ago, the cold went after 10 days, I was left with a bark like a dog, tightness in my chest and sore ribs every day time I coughed (which was often), gave in and went to to the doc, was given antibiotics for the chest infection and a big talking to for not going earlier!!! Just go to the GP.

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