I’ve been having sudden episodes of acute chest pain for about six years. The first time I went, the GP just fobbed me off - said he had no idea what it was, but reassured me that I didn’t have cancer.
I had a really bad episode at the end of February. I went back and saw another GP, who referred me to the rapid access chest pain clinic - and then cocked up the referral so it was a month before I got there, during which time I had two more episodes.
On the GP’s instructions I called an ambulance after one episode lasted more than 15 minutes. The paramedics said they thought it looked like unstable anigina.
The doctor at the clinic clearly thought I had reflux, but gave me a GTN spray and referred me for myocardial perfusion scan.
Frankly, I’m scared. I’ve had two more episodes in the last three weeks, both in the middle of night, both of which have left me feeling exhausted. My chest feels permanently tight and, although the acute pain only comes in 20 minute or so bursts, when I am at rest or asleep, my chest now aches all the time and I am breathless and have developed a dry cough as well.
I am otherwise fit and healthy, blood sugar and cholesterol are spot on, non-smoker with weight in the normal range and no family history, but I’m scared. Could it really be reflux if it’s not related to food or drink? Am I likely to get answers from the scan?
then clocked up the referral A month before I got there