have had all three for two nights now, I am also feeling floaty headed. I called NHS direct and they suggested I go to the hospital but I lent the car to my dad and I cant ask him to come and get me now he is in his 60's and has work in the morning I am worried to try and go to sleep as when I try to relax I start gasping again. Has anyone had this before ? I am not sure what to do. (10 weeks with 3rd baby)
Call NHS 24 back and explain that you have no one to take you to hospital, they can decide to get you an ambulance (urgent or non urgent) or will get you a GP home visit. Don't sit on this and worry, use the services available as you clearly need further medical evaluation Hope everything works out ok
Phone your Dad. Or knock on a neighbour's door. Or ring a friend. You need to get checked out tonight. I'm not suggesting it's anything awful at all but it's best to go and see somebody. Is anybody with you?
Is it possible to bypass NHS Direct, you've spoken to them already and they can take hours to respond when busy. Do you have the number for your local ooh service? It'll be on your surgery answerphone.
Really? Our GP's surgery still has the number for the ooh service on it (is a local number, def not the NHS Direct 0845 number). But then they also have directions to a walk in centre that moved about 4yrs ago. Never rung it fortunately.
To be honest it sounds very much like anxiety/panic attack to me but since you are pregnant it is best to get checked out. Try breathing into your cupped hands for a minute first - deep even breaths in through nose and out through mouth to calm yourself.
Af, I would be cautious in giving anyone advice for a presumed panic attack on an Internet forum. Not to alarm the op, but if it is a genuine condition causing SOB the home remedy/ treatment for an anxiety attack could be disastrous. Best to leave it to someone who can physically examine and take it from there.
SOH, my experience is limited to Scotland but I believe that the majority of local practices opted in the nhs 24 service and centralised clinics
Why would deep breathing be disastrous? To be fair the op said she has had this for the last few nights therefore not constantly nor has it just come on so I don't think my advice was harmful and I have suffered many panic attacks so am very aware of the symptoms all of which the op has. Also I did say she should still get checked out.
Deep breathing through cupped hands reduces the amount of oxygen inhaled and increases the amount of carbon dioxide. Perfect for anxiety but not if a person has an oxygenation problem. I know you were only trying to help though
Well I have to have a blood test, a thyroid blood test and an ECG tomorrow as they think its over-active thyroid. all that and I have to go to the hospital tomorrow as well for my liver scan for a suspected stone. thanks for all the comments.