This is a long post so please forgive me.
2 weeks ago I was at the bingo when I suddenly had very bad pain in my left shoulder. It also felt that someone had used a bicycle pump in my neck. After feeling this I started to get chest pain, not intense but like a little squeeze towards the top of my breast. I was scared, stupidly too scared to go to A & E.
The next morning the pain was still in my chest so I phoned the NHS helpline number. They wanted to send an ambulance after hearing what had happened but as we live 4 blocks away I told them not to send one and that we would drive there.
I got called in straightaway and was given a heart trace which was okay. I had to wait back in the waiting room then to see a doctor but with a projected 3 hour wait I went and told the nurse I would go to my GP. As far as I was concerned, if the trace was okay then so was my heart. I never went to the GP.
On the following Sunday I was sitting sewing when, again, I had the sudden, sharp pain in my left shoulder and again the feeling of my neck being blown up.
12 days later and I still had the chest pain and with a week away in a very remote cottage coming up I was getting concerned.
I phoned my GP who told me he was concerned because of my age (56) AND also because Polycythemia can be attributed to a condition called Acute Coronary Syndrome so he told be to go immediately to A & E.
Again we went and again I had another heart trace which was normal. This time I had blood tests which were fine but the Nurse Practitioner who saw me was not happy to send me home without more tests considering the amount of time I had the chest pain and also said she felt I had either Silent Angina or an infection in the left lobe of my heart so I was admitted. My lovely hubby went home and got me an overnight bag.
I got to the ward and the staff nurse filled out the usual forms. It was getting late by this time so I put my PJ's on. I was then seen by a registrar who took my medical history and examined my feet, which by this time were very swollen (I have never had swollen feet before). All of a sudden her Consultant came in, never introduced himself and asked the registrar, not me, why I had been admitted. She told him that A & E had asked for more tests but he cut her off mid sentence. He asked me to hold my hands above my head then asked me if it hurt across the chest. I told him all I was feeling was the squeezing feeling I had felt for 12 days. He then told me to put my hands behind my back, again asking if it it. I replied no. That was the extent of his examination of me before he said "100% muscular pain, no doubt about it". I asked him how could it be muscular pain when it started with sharp pains in my shoulder, radiating down my neck and into my chest, and why were my feet as big as puddings. He then changed his attitude and said I would receive an appointment for more tests and that I needn't stay.
So that was it. I am home again, still with the chest pain and still worried sick about going away. I cannot believe a Consultant in Acute Medicine would dismiss me so easily and without examination. I just don't know what to do now, all I know is this is definitely nothing to do with any pulled muscle. Any advice please.