Iâ€™ve been having problems for over a year now. The docs said it was asthma up until about just over 2 months ago when the doc said it may be acid reflex. I was getting treated for asthma up until this time. I was on Seretide, Singulair and Ventolin. The main issue with my doctor was he wouldnâ€™t stop going on about me not having a wheeze. Iâ€™ve never had a wheeze but I have had shortness of breath, chest pains and tightness especially in the morning and a terrible hard barking hacking cough that has continually got worse and worse especially over the last 2 months. I finally got referred to the hospital for tests.
I got a lung functions test, x ray and various other tests blood etc. Everything was fine in fact more than fine but during and after the lung function test I was coughing very violently and painfully. A couple of the nurses commented on the harshness of the cough and I had to use my ventolin to help stop the cough. When I discussed the results with the consultant he said my lung function is very good and my lungs were clear on the x ray. I should probably tell you have been playing the bagpipes for almost 18 years now and the consultant thinks this may be helping with the lung function as its exercising my lungs well. Why is it then, that after all this time he things I have Cough Variant Asthma? What is the difference between this and Asthma? I have been put on prednisolone and I have to go back to my GP next week. The consultant said if this has helped I should be put on Flixotide inhalers. My cough has improved a bit but I still have very bad chest pains and tightness especially in the morning. Will the Flixotide help this?
I know my condition is probably not near as bad as a lot of people on here and I really can't imagine how you all cope but its been getting me very down the last 6 months or so. The lack of sleep has been catching up with me and my whole body aches from coughing. Iâ€™ve just felt very run down and exhausted with it all.
Sorry itâ€™s a long post but I donâ€™t feel my GP explains enough and I donâ€™t go back to the consultant until the 3rd Dec.
Thanks any advice or info.