I would like some advice about next steps regarding my asthma and allergies (and possible related ailments). Here's a potted version of my 'history' so far:
1. Asthmatic since childhood, only wheezing when I have a cold, prone to chest infections, allergy to house dust/dust mites.
2. Constant runny nose and sniffing, dealt with mostly by allergy reliever gizmo and low dose loratidine (OTC) as phobia of nose sprays (yes, really).
3. Heartburn (appeared a few years ago, managed with omeprazole daily) until improved, now managed (has recently been a bit worse) with OTC ranitidine or Gaviscon.
4 . GPs nigh on useless - unsure if actually asthma or COPD - not given any advice or next steps. Prescribed Fostair with spacer for asthma taken twice a day
5. Spoke to asthma nurse through Asthma UK, v helpful, recommended monitoring peak flow, but doing peak flow gives me a coughing fit, so have given up for now.
6. For last couple of weeks have blocked left nostril, breathing through mouth at night, dry mouth, headache and slight wheeziness on waking.
I have avoided going to my GP as I dislike one of the doctors who is massively patronising and not too helpful - also don't want to be prescribed a nasal spray that I won't use. However, I think it's time for me to 'face the music' and go back as I am not sleeping well.
I don't feel like I even have asthma (if that makes sense) - I have started walking every morning before work to improve my fitness levels, and I manage a good 40-45 minutes walk at a decent pace with little problem. I feel tired during the day, but otherwise I am well. I don't sleep well and feel pretty rubbish on waking, but make myself get up and go for a walk. So I can't be ill, can I?
I am pretty sure it's all linked together. If I make an appointment with my GP, where do I even start?
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