I went to my local walk-in centre yesterday where I was escorted round to A&E due to experiencing chest pain, breathlessness, swelling of the abdomen and extreme dizziness. My pain was made worse if I breathed in deeply or lent forward so I wondered if I had a clot and thought I needed to get it checked out.
I hate going to the hospital because of the long waiting times but I were eventually called and were wired up for an ECG and bloods were taken. I explained I have autoimmune dIseases of which are now many and that I am Aps positive and medicated with clopidogrel.
The Dr felt my abdomen and stomach and announced he thought it could be my pancreas or gallbladder and that he would like to do some xrays. I tried to explain it was not that sort of pain and I wondered if perhaps I had a clot and would it be possible to do a doppler scan as the pain was more around my heart area.
I was told there were no main arteries around the area that they were xraying and they did not have facilities to do a doppler scan and that I would have to see my specialist about getting one carried out ! I explained I am in a crisis now and surely the hospital were able to carry out a doppler scan and went on to ask how the hospital dealt with DVT's ? That's a different department came the reply.
I tried to inform him that with Aps we do not only get clots in main arteries but can suffer with many micro clots anywhere in our bodies. He reassured me my ECG was normal, xray showed nothing on my lungs and bloods had shown normal pancreas and gallbladder function. My white cells were ok and this showed my antiphospholipid syndrome was under control, that's good I said..........you can go home he replied.
I am still swollen, very uncomfortable and non the wiser !