Well thats what i found myself doing at 1.30am friday night early saturday morning phoning out of hours doctor.
Well i sat slouched on couch THEN i decided to finish my cup of tea before went cold.
So went to get up AND most shocking pain in centre of back radiating round bottom of rib's.
Defo took my breath away THEN when i tried to sit up felt a crushing pain that effected my breathing IT felt like i was being squashed like you squash a concertina.
Luckily i was able to stand but could not sit up.
I wondered what i was going to do ANYWAY stropped round aggravated as always happens at weekend.
So i decided to take asprin SO slipped one under tong AND tried to reassure myself in order not to panic make my breathing worse.
But as i could stand and could talk normally with out getting out of breath quickly it was not lung issues.
More than likely muscle injury SO my next step was to rule out heart trouble AND i was shocked to find heart-attacks can cause back pain and crushing pain in back.
I kept telling myself O its not my heart as can strop about THEN i remembered i had my heart traponin cTnl home tester.
So i did test AND nearly past out at all clear negative results.
But pain was crippling and still could not sit down with out me breathing being effected SO i took paracetamol looking for quick fix but quick fixes never work.
SO i called out of hours doctor AND talk about complicated answer phone messages SO i though %%## that i would call 111 the none emergency number.
Told them about what had gone on AND said i could not get to out of hours doctors as cant sit down to drive BUT i don't think i need Ambulance the did advise i should have ambulance given crushing pain and breathing issues when sat down.
So i told them that i don't want ambulance but would like to see out hours doctor.
To be fair 111 have beenvery good compassionate and understanding.
Then they agreed to send a out hours doctor out as emergency.
Well the doctor turned up at 3.00am asked about meds inhalers i take then listened to my chest NEVER asked me to breath in out did not even lift my shirt up WAS like I was a keybord and he was typing how fast he had listened or tried to.
I would be surprised if he could hear anything in time spent in one place lisening to my chest.
Then he did blood pressure SYS 143 DIA 94 he said was normal TAPED my back in few places HOLE exam took less than 5 mins before diagnosed muscle injury strain.
Within 10 mins he was gone.
So my experiance of NHS and 111 service WAS good till out of hours doctor come to my house.
With he's excuse of a exam MY clinical exam of my situation was more with it AnD i am not professional.
Is a shame out of hours doctors that come to your home cant be bit more like ambulance men women when it comes to checking you over.
Dred to think how much he's farse of exam costed NHS but am i surprised as he was more than likely one of them fake ones.