I have had a tight chest for several months now. Did the L2B, seemed okay, but have found it increasingly difficult to function on a respiratory level.I'm a fairly fit PE teacher too, and don't smoke or drink.
Went to the local GP around four weeks ago, and told her that I was constipated, unable to breathe properly and having severe stomach cramps. She suggested that it might be stress, and to see what happens. Went back a week later, and she gave me something for the constipation, and agreed to send me for an x-ray to look for the chest problem. So I went, had the x-ray done.
I was due to go back to the GP the following Tuesday for bloods and an ECG, but got a call from the GP telling me that there were serious issues with the x-ray. I was then referred to the cardiac specialist at East Sussex and Kent Hospital yesterday, where they proceded to drain nearly a litre of fluid from around my heart. So I stayed in overnight with a drain in my chest, feeling happy that the problem had been solved.
The resident doctor came in to see me this morning, and told me that, whilst the draining of the fluid was successful, the fluid was heavily contaminated with blood, which in his opinion was 'grave'. When I asked whether this could be cancer, he said that it was highly probable and to prepare myself for the worst after the results of a CT scan on Monday.
So I'm at home now, comforting my other half, and getting ready to go back to hospital tonight (I have to stay in tonight and tomorrow night, but they relented on making me stay during the day).
I'm not out for pity, and think I'm pretty positive as people go. I won't be able to check this topic, as the hospital doesn't have internet access, but I'd welcome advice/experiences/words of wisdom from you folk. I'll be able to check tomorrow during the day, and it'd cheer me up a bit, but don't feel obliged.