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Finally getting value for money?

Discussion in 'Personal' started by blazer, May 24, 2019.

  1. blazer

    blazer Star commenter

    After a lifetime of pretty good health today I needed to see my doctor. He suspects that my recent shortness of breath may be down to the onset of angina. So today I got my first free prescription since I was a child and have been booked in for a series of tests and investigations to try and establish exactly what might be wrong with me!
  2. mothorchid

    mothorchid Star commenter

    I hope your health will be OK, @blazer.
    However, my Mum was diagnosed with angina well over fifteen years ago, and considered it a death sentence. Not so much - she's still going strong and approaching her late eighties now.
    Good luck.
    les25paul, Dragonlady30 and blazer like this.
  3. Geoff Thomas

    Geoff Thomas Star commenter

    Get well while we have an NHS, blazer!
    blazer and FrankWolley like this.
  4. HelenREMfan

    HelenREMfan Star commenter

    Are you back from the journeying abroad then?

    Keep an eye on shortness of breath though.... if it doesn't come and go... or worsens get checked out at A & E....mine was a pulmonary embolism !
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  5. peakster

    peakster Star commenter

    My Dad was like that - he didn't want to bother the Doctor unless he felt he really had to.

    A few years ago he started getting really bad headaches and mood swings and some problems with one of his eyes.

    He went to the Doctor and she immediately sent him for tests.

    It turned out he had a massive brain tumour - fortunately it was benign but it was pressing down on his eye socket and affecting his pituitary gland. It needed immediate surgery.

    Two weeks later he was in Hull Royal Infirmary being operated on by a very skilled Egyptian surgeon with a terrible sense of humour. He removed all of the cancer

    It was touch and go for a while but Dad pulled through and is still alive and kicking.
  6. harsh-but-fair

    harsh-but-fair Star commenter

  7. FrankWolley

    FrankWolley Star commenter

    As we all get older, we do need to have things checked out and learn not to 'grin & bear it'... Luckily the NHS still works extremely well for most of us, almost all the time... Fingers crossed this works out well for you.
    blazer likes this.
  8. lindenlea

    lindenlea Star commenter

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  9. blazer

    blazer Star commenter

    Yes, got back yesterday. Phone GP at 8.30 this morning, expleined symptoms to receptionist, she said can you get here for 9? I said yes and got there at 10 to. In with doc at 8.55 and a 30 minute consultation. very impressed so far.
  10. jubilee

    jubilee Star commenter

    Mr.jubilee's shortness of breath last year was Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis.
    ake sure that you have achest X-ray as one of the first set of tests.
  11. jubilee

    jubilee Star commenter

    The tumour cannot have been cancer and benign, surely?
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  12. Dunteachin

    Dunteachin Star commenter

    Best wishes, blazer.

    We are getting our money's worth, at the moment.
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  13. racroesus

    racroesus Star commenter

    I hope this additional spending by the NHS isn't going to further put off my already long delayed MRI scan.
  14. blazer

    blazer Star commenter

    Got my money's worth today!
    A bedtime last night my breathing and chest were so bad that we decided a trip to A&E was needed. We arrived at 11pm. Just before midnight they gave me an ECG and immediately took me into the 'major' unit. Over the next 8 hours I underwent a physical exam, chest X ray, CT scan, Blood tests, another physical exam. 4 separate blood pressure/Temp/Heartrate check and a pair of injections of blood thinners. Finally after the final exam I was sent upstairs to the department that decides whether I need admitting or not. There then followed another physical exam and another blood test, the results of which shown that there may be some damage to my heart muscle but that I have no blood clots. Before leaving the consultant had written me scripts for Beta blockers, water tablets (to reduce my lower limb swelling) and blood thinners plus arranging an appointment with a cardiologist once the tablets have had a chance to work. It seems I have developed an erratic heartbeat and that my heart may need to be stopped and restarted to reset its natural pacemaker.
    Now Mrs B has put me on a diet and hidden all the booze!:(
  15. gainly

    gainly Star commenter

    Despite all the criticism, the NHS does generally respond very well when it's a real emergency.

    Good luck, I hope it all goes well.
  16. nomad

    nomad Star commenter

    Wishing you well, Blazer.
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  17. border_walker

    border_walker Lead commenter

    My wife finally got her walking stick replaced to. It has taken a few months. Apparently her old one was dangerous, but no one told her until today
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  18. blazer

    blazer Star commenter

    Good news is that the barrage of tests also revealed that my liver function is good (that was a surprise) as is my kidney function. There is also no indication of diabetes. Pulse rate slightly elevated but blood pressure was spot on for my age.
    nizebaby and nomad like this.
  19. primarycat

    primarycat Star commenter

    I'm glad tests look ok and best wishes for any further medical shenanigans needed, Blazer.
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  20. racroesus

    racroesus Star commenter

    You got all that and I'm still waiting for one scan. The world is ill divid.

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