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Feeling scared. I think I may have had a seizure last night.

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QuarantinaTurner Tue 14-Apr-20 09:30:51

I’m usually fit and healthy but I woke up this morning feeling like I’d been hit by a truck. For about ten minutes I couldn’t feel my limbs and I just could not lift any part of my body off the bed. I also had what looked like vomit all round my mouth and on one of my pillows, and when I did manage to get of bed I was aching all over. My legs in particular are in agony and I’m having to shuffle round as it’s so painful. My left arm really hurts too and I can barely lift it.

I rang the doctors at 8am and was told all slots had gone for today so they’re going to fit me in tomorrow.

Has anyone else experienced anything like this? I’m really scared.

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BigSandyBalls2015 Tue 14-Apr-20 09:31:39

111 straight away

BigSandyBalls2015 Tue 14-Apr-20 09:32:01

Did you explain to the receptionist what had happened

QuarantinaTurner Tue 14-Apr-20 09:38:10

Hi BigSandy
Thanks for replying
I did explain to the receptionist and she didn’t seem to think it warranted an emergency appointment today. I’ll call 111 as you suggested

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DartmoorChef Tue 14-Apr-20 09:40:10

Im no receptionist but your symptoms sound serious enough to warrant a hospital check to me

Daisiest Tue 14-Apr-20 09:42:07

They do need checking. I hope you get seen today.

Pippinsqueak Tue 14-Apr-20 10:02:53

I would definitely mention your arm. Don't want to alarm you but I would get checked for a stroke/TIA better safe than sorry

AdaColeman Tue 14-Apr-20 10:12:00

I agree that you need to be seen urgently. Don’t understate your symptoms when you contact GP or helpline.

Tanfastic Tue 14-Apr-20 15:42:01

The receptionist didn't think it was an emergency? What? She needs a fucking appraisal.

Op, get thee to the doctors today, I regularly triage patients and would def consider this an emergency or at least for a clinical review today.

LadyMonicaBaddingham Tue 14-Apr-20 15:50:34

And this is why doctors' receptionists have a, generally undeserved, bad reputation. Because there are always some who think it is their job to triage.

You should have been advised to call 111 if they really couldn't fit you in, though a medically-qualified professional should, of course, have been consulted before the receptionist gave you the brush-off...

Hope you get the help and answers you need 💐

BigSandyBalls2015 Tue 14-Apr-20 18:21:07

How’s things OP?

AdaColeman Wed 15-Apr-20 10:31:37

@QuarantinaTurner I hope you are being cared for now, and that all is going well. Kindest thoughts to you. thanks

QuarantinaTurner Wed 15-Apr-20 12:23:05

Thank you so much for the advice and kind messages.
I ended up phoning 111 yesterday and was told to go straight to A&E. I was seen immediately and had various tests to rule out a stroke (all negative thank goodness). My bloods, ECG and CT scan were all fine but I was kept in overnight and am still on the ward awaiting further tests as I’ve lost most of the sensation in my legs. I’m still quite scared but relieved that I’m in the right place and I’m being very well looked after.

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ChewChewIsMySpiritAnimal Wed 15-Apr-20 12:27:27

I'm so glad you got some appropriate help op. When you feel better id definitely let the gp know the receptionist didn't think you were a priority. She needs retraining.

AdaColeman Wed 15-Apr-20 12:38:46

Oh I’m so glad to hear from you Quarantina, and hope you start to feel better soon. It must have all been such a frightening experience for you.

When you are well again you should issue a complaint about the receptionist, she needs a serious reprimand.

WeBuiltCisCityOnSeeingSouls Wed 15-Apr-20 13:47:00

I hope you feel better and get some answers soon. Are you on a neuro ward? They're usually really good and efficient IME.

Yes, agree that when you feel better the receptionist issue should be dealt with - that is shocking. The practice manager is usually the best person to speak too. The NHS protocol is very clear (I'm epileptic) and they have been very very irresponsible.

Call 999 for an ambulance if someone:
•is having a seizure for the first time
•has a seizure that lasts more than 5 minutes
•has lots of seizures in a row
•has breathing problems or has seriously injured themselves

Daisiest Wed 15-Apr-20 20:34:50

I'm glad you're being looked after OP. Get well soon x

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