Welp! After pain on and off in my left shoulder and chest for a few weeks now (yeah I know, but when the only advice I get from my GP is 'lose weight' I'm not really sure what else I can do), I had to call 999 last night. Thanks to cuts in the UK, the ambulance never arrived - they were queued up in both hospitals near my area, and the first responder only showed up 45 minutes later. Thankfully whatever-it-was eased off after gas+air, a spray under the tongue and an aspirin, and I opted not to go to hospital - all they'd do would be to give me a blood test and I can do that at the GP this morning.
Honestly not sure what else can/could/should be done. I can't tell if what's going on in my shoulder is due to a joint issue, or if there's something else going on. Also, considering if things had been serious I'd have been dead before any help arrived, I'm not sure bleating to 999 every time my chest gets locked in a vice will do any good. I know technically I should call in case there's an issue like that, but when I know there's one consultant on the other end more than happy to tell me I'm a waste of taxpayer money and resources (yep, that's been a thing), I'm very reticent to call again.
Not really sure what to do, really. I suppose this is how illness gets us in the end.