Chest pain, should i return to work?

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Three days ago i was admitted to A&E by ambulance with chest pains similar to heart burn, pain in the left side of my ribs, shortness of breath and pins and needles in my left arm. Im 42 years old, non smoker and in generally good health.

ECG, chest xray and bloods all came back normal, however i was told i must see a cardiologist within a week as i may have Pericarditis. I was not given any further advice and have been home resting since. The pains come on and off during the day, but arent quite as bad as they were and when i saw my GP she said it was nothing to worry about and sent me home, again with little or no firm advice.

I generally feel ok other than the tightness and pins and needles coming on and off.

I work in an office, with little manual labour, but have over an hours commute by road to and from work. Am i able to return to work, or should i rest at home until I have seen the cardiologist which is not for another week?

Should i be taking aspirin to help?

Any help, thoughts or advice from people who have experience something similar would be much appreictaed.

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    I wonder why they said pericarditis? I too went to A & E last Thursday, mainly because the people at work could see I was about to collapse from exhuastion, but for my personal question about the intense feeling of almost painful heartburn. Now I have an ECG machine that shows I have high and wide "T" waves, one of the indications of high T waves is pericarditis. Reading up about pericarditus I see it is frequently caused by a cardiac ablation, I had an ablation in April and have been steadly feeling worst. I think I even mentioned such to the doctor at St Thomas' but no tests for pericarditis for me? How do you feel in yourself otherwise?, I feel like something is really ill inside of me, that I am half way to being dead.     

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    I would wait until you see cardiologist rest and not sure about aspirin yet


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    Hi David, agree with Linda, I would wait and see the Cardiologist first, best err  on the side of caution it you're worried, reassurance from the Cardiologist that you're ok to go back work will give you more confidence mentally. 


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    David, for the most part you probably have nothing to worry about, and I say that

    because you are in generally good health, young, and a non-smoker.  Pericarditis

    runs it's course with little sequalae, unless you had other co-morbidities, and if you

    had other cardiac risk factors as well.  I had a relative who experienced this same

    thing, but they were in their sixties, a smoker, and had coronary artery disease requiring a stent placement.  Since all your tests came back normal, your doc

    wasn't concerned, but most clinicians err on the side of safety and advise their patients to follow up with a cardiologist.  Whether you should go back to work or

    not is entirely up to you, that is, unless you were told not to.  Good luck with your


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