I still feel like I have a lot to learn re living with lupus and this is the sort of situation where I am still unsure what I should do.
I tried to get a GP appt on Thursday but by the time I got there at 9.20am (3 children to get off to school & do 3 mile school run in the car etc) all appts were gone.
I'd had a dry cough for 2-3 weeks. Nothing else. The usual fatigue but I'd been relatively well. The cough sometimes made me wretch, it was so dry and violent. Thought it time to get it checked out.
Then by Thursday evening I'd come down with my husband's awful cold. Nose running like a tap. Sneezing. But also "chest pains" on the left side, under my boob. These pains are not constant. It's a dull ache. Rather than stabbing pain. But a pain all the same. I'm better when up and doing stuff. Lying or sitting is worse. Pain and aching in my back and left shoulder area too.
So I have spent a lot of Friday, Saturday & Sunday contemplating, am I seriously ill? Should I just go to A&E?
Am I being ridiculous thinking chest infection? pleurisy? Or something more serious? It's not a heart attack I know that. But there are infections that us lupies are prone to and ours meds have side effects.
This morning I got the kids off to school and drove straight to my GP surgery, which is about 6/7 miles. Got there 9.10am. All appts gone. I explained I had tried on Thursday but was too late then as well. She said you have to phone at 8am or be here 8am. I said I can't just sit on the phone at 8am when getting 3 children to school. She said well the doctors answers would be, well other people manage it, so why can't you.
(I struggle to get out of bed full stop. Let alone with this horrendous cold, aches and pains.)
So after me being a little pushy she agreed to book me an appt tomorrow at 4pm.
But I have driven away, thinking should I have just gone to A&E???
I've never been to A&E for myself before.
Is this the sort of thing that justifies A&E?
I have carried on with my meds - hydroxy, MMF & mepacrine. But should I be? Should I take some of my steroids that I have at home? Never received any advice re this kind of situation.
I'd be grateful of your thoughts.