Friday afternoon I got floored by horrible chest pains, long story short I did the typical male thing - telling myself I'm only 40, it can't possibly be anything serious - and waited until Monday to get it looked at. Rang GP for an appointment Monday morning and they told me to go straight to A&E. An hour later at Chesterfield A&E*, and I'm having ECGs, blood tests and chest X-rays and they eventually diagnose a small pneumothorax.
Has anybody else has had one of these and if so, how long before you were back to full fitness on your bike...? I managed a gentle 5-mile commute this morning without any ill-effects, but would really like to get out into the Peak on the mountain bike in the next few days. Trouble is, I was so relieved when the doctor told me it was nothing serious and I could go home as these things generally clear up on their own, that I completely forgot to ask if I was OK to push myself on the bike straight away. Any advice appreciated, ta.
* I should add that the sheer speed at which the system leaps into action when somebody walks into an A&E complaining of chest pains is something to behold, and makes me realise just how lucky we are to have the NHS.