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My Dad is has been having chest pains for several months now and it's been getting stronger and stronger of late and is getting worried. The pain is about 4 inches above his left nipple and seems t… Read More
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8y, 2m agoPosted 8 years, 2 months ago
My Dad is has been having chest pains for several months now and it's been getting stronger and stronger of late and is getting worried.

The pain is about 4 inches above his left nipple and seems to only improve once he lays down for a while but as he has obligations, he can't lay down at any moment.

His blood pressure is quite high, he's not the fittest guy in the world and is quite a heavy smoker but his GP doesn't seem to care, where can I foundout about what could be the cause?

Thanks in advance. :)
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8y, 2m agoPosted 8 years, 2 months ago
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#2
kippy
try NHS direct 0845 46 47
http://www.nhsdirect.nhs.uk/help/


Good advice, give them a call and they will advise you wht to do :)
#3
yes NHS direct is a good service but is there not another doctor at his surgery he could see?
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Take him to your local walk in centre. :)
[mod]#5
tinkerbell28;4718781
Don't internet diagnose worst thing you can do.


Very true.........you can give yourself everything from a bruise to rare mongolian buttock swelling disorder. :-D
#6
was hoping you can see why you need to go see doctor as a matter of priority --- if you clicked YES to that NHS self diagnosis, it would say CALL 999.

besides he (and you) would probably sleep better once you get it checked out. hopefully nothing too serious!
#7
Whenever i've tried to diagnose something online ,no matter what the symptoms are,without fail it tells you that you have some form of cancer:w00t:
#8
Our local walk in centre is much better than our GP, they are always more concerned/interested, TBH I have given up trying to see a GP at our practise and just use walk in centre all the time,
#9
Any chest pain should be investigated. Ignore online diagnosis - they can only give you a vague idea of what MAY be causing the problem. Your father needs to go & get examined, even NHS Direct will tell you that if you ring them. I appreciate he has obligations but his main priority is his health right now, please get him checked out.
#10
tinkerbell28
Look, he needs to see a dr who should perform an immediate ECG to rule out any recent undiagnosed "minor" heart attack. He then needs to be assesed for angina which if left untreated can lead to heart attack.
I did not really want to put that in all honesty, but chest pain getting worse for months, eases on resting. Those two things spring to mind first, especially with high bp and smoking too.
Please get him seen, I am shocked to be honest that his gp has dismissed this, that it was you should be getting in these circumstances, so you are aware. As you know I am from the medical profession and I am not trying to scare you:)
Hope all goes well, even if you take him down a&e, he needs to be seen by a real life dr !


Sorry it took so long to reply, I've been trying to cook for everyone (and my food is going cold :p) and took the online test in the mean time, which you're right, was a waste of time, as it just stated he should be seen by his GP.

I'll try and get him seen to tomorrow, I've been telling him for ages that he needs to sort out his diet and exercise and have offered to take him for a walk but I think he won't tonight...I might have to try some scare tactics if it carries on and he chooses to ignore the symptoms. :)

I've been telling him for ages that these are warning signs from his body that it's struggling to cope and something needs to change before it causes some real problems and he looked a little scared when I told him about 10 mins ago.
banned#11
never mess with your life, get him seen asap
#12
tinkerbell28
Good, he needs to be seen as if anything is going on undiagnosed and untreated the more damage it can cause. I would say he should lay of the physical exertion, so no walks until he is seen and cleared by a dr :thumbsup: All the best x


His GP tells him to wave his arms about and then just tells him he needs to start regular exercise...but he chooses to ignore it. :oops:

I just told him his heart is like a car...struggling to speed up the hill in the wrong gear, which is why the engine starts screaming.
I'm telling him he shouldn't ignore these warnings and he said he's going to try a walk-in centre tomorrow night. :)

Thanks for all the advice everyone. :thumbsup:
#13
I went to the doctors with serious chest pains and pins and needles in my left wrist and arm a few months ago. It took a lot to get me there. I was petrified.

Turned out, I had muscular strain and carpal tunnel. Muscular strain is no problem, carpal a bit of a hassle, but nothing major.

My point is, going to the doctor can be scary, but ultimately, the risk of a little embarassment is nothing if it might save his life, and chances are, it'll turn out to be something so trivial that he'll grin like a cheshire cat as all those fears and paranoias vanish instantly. So, yep - walk-in clinic gets a vote from me as well.
#14
nhs direct or walk in.x
#15
Can he see another GP in the practice?
#16
lucerysmum
Can he see another GP in the practice?


I called them about that before and they stated he has to see his own GP
#17
dxx
I went to the doctors with serious chest pains and pins and needles in my left wrist and arm a few months ago. It took a lot to get me there. I was petrified.

Turned out, I had muscular strain and carpal tunnel. Muscular strain is no problem, carpal a bit of a hassle, but nothing major.

My point is, going to the doctor can be scary, but ultimately, the risk of a little embarassment is nothing if it might save his life, and chances are, it'll turn out to be something so trivial that he'll grin like a cheshire cat as all those fears and paranoias vanish instantly. So, yep - walk-in clinic gets a vote from me as well.


^^
Excellent advice :thumbsup:
Although you are thinking the worst right now, it could be a number of things - ranging from stress/anxiety/angina to the more serious heart conditions. Please don't assume that your Dad has a life-threatening illness, but just try to stress to him how important it is to get checked out. :thumbsup:
#18
i had chest pains whch started getting worse was sent to hospital by gp turns out its reflux on tablets now and alot better tho still not away completely

im just trying to reasure you it may not be heart attack waiting to happen as thought same when i started getting them
banned#19
Syzable
Very true.........you can give yourself everything from a bruise to rare mongolian buttock swelling disorder. :-D


LMFAO
#20
Scary what people ask on here sometimes.

HUKD=Serious business
#21
realfriendlyman
I called them about that before and they stated he has to see his own GP


Thats a load of tosh! I'd put your foot down and say you want to see a different doc. I would have thought they couldn't do that. I can see any doc in my practice that I want....for example on occasion I've said I would prefer to see a female dr...I would have thought it was within your rights to get a second opinion. I would say that to them as well. Good luck I hope everything turns out ok.
#22
realfriendlyman
I called them about that before and they stated he has to see his own GP


Tell them he just wants a second opinion and wants to see someone else in the practice-i'm pretty sure he has a right to do that.

Sometimes receptionists (not all!) don't help you at all.
banned#23
hope your dad gets sorted today xx
#24
Is the pain worse whilst exercising and when the weather is cold and stressed?
banned#25
Syzable
Very true.........you can give yourself everything from a bruise to rare mongolian buttock swelling disorder. :-D


lol, I had that once :w00t:
#26
Hi, hope your dad has been able to see a doctor again.

I know he is worried about his "responsibilities" but to be honest these make it even more important he gets whatever it is looked into soon as possible.

If he doesn't want to see his GP for whatever reason, there's several other ways he can see a doctor...

walk in clinic where these are available
accident and emergency at local hospital
out of hours GP service.

Failing all that you can change your GP at any time you wish. Walk into any practice and ask to become a member. He should probably be given a full check up and seen by the doctor/nurse before they accept him onto the books.

Whatever it is... putting it off will just make it niggle away at the back of his thoughts and raise his blood pressure higher. Get it sorted sooner rather than later, some things just left may worsen and affect other parts of the body, where early treatment, medication or whatever may ease all his symptoms and prevent any further damage.

Hope he gets seen soon xxxx

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