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My other half has had some rotten luck with his health recently. He's not long recovered from Viral Meningitis, things were looking up, and then he suddenly had pains in his chest and the feeling that he couldn't expand it properly to breathe. This caused him multiple panic attacks which were very distressing to him and a lot of difficulty sleeping. He's also had nerve symptoms (numbness, tingling, 'hot' sensations) anywhere from the top of his chest to his belly button.
He has had an ECG, two chest x-rays and numerous blood tests, so the dx is Costochondritis. He is on Naproxen, a short course of Prednisolone, and 50mg of Sertraline for the panic attacks. He also has asthma inhalers. Only the Sertraline seems to have any effect for him (in preventing panic attacks).
We went back to our GP this morning who is a decent, no-nonsense type of guy, but hubby wasn't happy that he wouldn't refer him privately (he has BUPA), saying there was nothing wrong with him and that it would clear up by itself. Now my husband doesn't know what to do and is thinking of going back to work next week regardless. This wouldn't bother me much, except for the fact that he has to drive a long way there, and has been complaining of dizzy spells.
For those of you who've got this condition, is it worth paying out of pocket to see a Rheumatologist? Can they provide any more relief?
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