I've always answered any posts on this forum, from people who have chest pain, with the words that they must call an ambulance. Well I now understand how difficult that is to do in reality.
On Sunday night I went to bed and as soon as I'd lay down I started getting pains in my chest (had felt a bit off colour and breathless for the last two days). I sat up thinking it must be wind and I needed to remain upright for a while and for a time that eased it. However, it soon didn't and the pains grew stronger and an hour later I was still debating with myself what to do and if it was a heart attack, or not. Ah call 111 that's what I'd do, but the recording said they were busy and there could be a long wait. The pains were causing me distress by now and in my desperation I dialled 999. Two paramedics came and right away I told them that there was no way I was going to hospital. They did an ECG which showed no obvious signs of a heart attack, but it did show that my AF wasn't good. They were really kind and reassuring that I wasn't a nuisance and said that I should go to hospital and get checked out properly. I was adamant that I wasn't going but gradually the pain got worse and I gave in and said I would. Once in the ambulance they gave me a morphine shot, which did help.
Once they'd deposited me in a cubicle around 2am , the paramedics left. I was there for about three quarters of an hour before anyone in A&E spoke or came to see me. I honestly thought that if I died no one would know.
After two blood tests several hours apart I was told it wasn't a heart attack, but while waiting for the second result the penny dropped for me and I cast my mind back to last year when I had a stomach scan and had been told I had gallstones. When asked if I knew this I'd replied no, but said I'd had no problems with them so wasn't concerned. So now that's what the idea is and as I had eaten a lot of fat on the day it had started it all fits.
Who else has had gallstones and what did you do when they caused problems? Please tell me your story.
I see my AF nurse next Wednesday to check out my AF and breathlessness. Still don't feel right today am so tired and with each step I take can feel a slightly sore feeling in the middle, low area of my ribs.
Oh and by the way I asked the really nice doctor in A&E what I should do if it happened again and she said, dial 999.
Added 18.45 - Forgot to say I started wanting to be sick with the pain and was feeling really hot and sweaty.