Hi guys, on here just to try and get a bit of advice. I've coped well with Sjoergren's Syndrome since around 2002. Around 8 years ago I started to have pretty bad problems with my lungs, which the Rheumatology clinic casually diagnosed (without any tests, or even eye contact) as Adult Onset Bronchial Asthma. I feel a bit daft because my dad has had bronchial asthma his whole life so you'd think I'd be accustomed to its symptoms! Mine just don't seem the same. I wake up in the morning (EVERY morning) with a totally clear chest; after around 40-60 minutes my lungs start to fill up with a thick gluey mucus: I can actually feel the weight of it in my lungs. This leads to a couple of hours of constant violent throat-clearing and prolonged deep coughing often resulting in vomiting. These bouts have now started occurring in the early evenings too. The clearing and coughing are so bad that they keep me from leaving the house. I never have wheeziness or breathlessness; inhalers do absolutely nothing at all to help. It doesn't seem allergy-related as it happens wherever I am. I do not expect anyone to diagnose me WITH anything, all I want is some advice from people who would have a good idea of things - do these symptoms really sound like asthma?? My GP, asthma nurse, and rheumatology nurse just won't listen to me.
I have just joined the Sjoegren's Syndrome website, but we've had some teething problems with getting me online so I thought I'd pop in here in the meantime and get a first second opinion! Many thanks for any pointers anyone could give me.