For the last 3 years I have a problem with a chest pain, sore throat and fatigue. Iâ€™ve always known I have been allergic to animals, but when I avoid them Iâ€™m fine. I also had asthma when I was a child. When I do any form of exercise it will make the chest pain worse. For the previous 10 years Iâ€™ve been able to exercise without any breathing issues at all.
Iâ€™ve been to numerous specialists and after various lung function tests they have confirmed I do not have asthma, and that my lung function is very good, even though Iâ€™m in pain. Iâ€™ve also had a number of skin prick tests, and its confirmed Iâ€™m allergic to animals and moulds. They have all said that there is nothing they can do and that I need to avoid what Iâ€™m allergic to, though they canâ€™t pinpoint what it is. but I need to get used to living with my condition. Iâ€™ve tried asthma medication like symbicort, and becotide, and also tried antihistamines, but they donâ€™t appear to help at all. One of the health conditions that I have researched on the internet called Costochondritis, seems to have very similar symptoms as the pain seems to be around my ribs. However my GP doesnâ€™t seem to think its this because I havenâ€™t had trauma to my chest and ibuprofen doesnâ€™t seem to help.
I recently took 4 weeks holiday abroad so that I could be away from work and my house, to see if my health improved. There was a gradually improvement and I felt quite good by the end of the holiday. I stayed at a friends house for the 1st night I got back to the UK, and still felt fine, despite that house having had dogs living there until reasonable recently. Within 2 hours of getting back to my own house my chest and throat started hurting and within 2 days I feel constantly tired again as Iâ€™m finding it hard to sleep.
Iâ€™ve tried using an air steriliser but this doesnâ€™t seem to make much difference, and have cleaned the house a lot. I moved house about a year ago, and I sometimes think that I have managed to bring something with me that is causing the problem. The house had new carpets when I moved in, and I know these affect me, but other new carpets have not affected me after a year. I recently spoke to Allergy UK, and they suggested it might be a chemical sensitivity, and I should ask my GP to refer me to an Ear, Nose and Throat specialist, which I will do very shortly.
This is really affecting my life, as I struggle in work, and I canâ€™t do a lot of the things that I used to enjoy. Does anybody have any advice about Costochondritis or chemical sensitivity? Does anyone know if its possible to do air quality tests in my home?
Sorry, I know Iâ€™ve put this on an asthma forum, but I thought it was worth asking.