I've posted on here a couple times about reoccurring chest infections. This is my third winter of suffering with a tight chest, being unable to exercise, breathlessness and excessive sputum. I was referred to a respiratory consultant over a year ago who I saw a few times regularly while she changed my asthma inhalers and put me on motelukast then my apps changed to 4-6 monthly. I thought all of this helped at first but I've since realised that my infections usually start as the weather changes in September/October and are almost constant until May when it warms up again.
This year my GP has sent away 2 sputum tests for me, both times they've come back with bacteria and I've been given co-amoxiclav and pred. I'm currently on my 4th lot of antibiotics since September and each time I'm on them the phlegm goes away or gets better for a few days then comes back again. They are saying it's the same bacteria. Why wont it go when I'm taking the antibiotics they've suggested?
I have tried to get in touch with my respiratory consultant but her secretary just says she doesn't have any appointments, I've been trying since Dec, due to see her in April so might as well give up now and wait until April.
I just wondered if anyone else has experienced this or has any ideas of what it might be? I've installed a PIV unit in my house thinking it was the damp patch in my wardrobe causing these problems (my asthma started worsening every winter once I moved into the house I'm in now), the humidity has hugely improved in my house but my asthma still hasn't.
I have queried Bronchiectasis with the resp consultant but so far she hasn't done any tests. She tried to discharge me the last 2 times I've seen her.
My husband is encouraging me to go private, as I have no issue spending out when it's my children's health, but when it comes to mine it feels like a waste of money! I am not having trips to A&E with my asthma, just haven't been right for so long. I'm such an active person usually and it really gets me down when I can't exercise.
I suppose this is more of a rant really, but if anyone has bothered to read this far please let me know if you have any other ideas for me!