I'm undiagnosed - now 3 months post-suspected-Covid, still with laboured breathing, and an "itchy" and often sore chest especially on the right side. I've had 2 chest infections. Most days I'm pretty good in the mornings, then it gets tight after lunch and progressively worse until after dinner. Night times and lying down are generally fine.
I've been on salbutamol as required for 9 weeks and Qvar 50 (beclometasone) for 5 weeks. I tried 10 days of desloratadine antihistamine which felt great for the first 3 days then worse again. Chest x-ray was clear. Covid antigen test at week 10, and antibody test, bloods and eosinophils at week 11 were all negative/normal.
I rang my GP to find out about renewing or stopping the Qvar but also to say that this isn't changing. He said to carry on the same until I "bore it" and it goes away. He said he's got a lot of patients reporting the same thing, dismissed the desloratadine, rejected my revisit of the reflux suggestion, renewed the Qvar and that was it - 10 minutes.
Maybe he's right and I just have to continue to be patient, but I can't help over-thinking it. I've had 11 phone consults since this started, no examinations (I get it - they can't) and I don't feel much further forward. Nobody has listened to my chest and heard the wheeze, or checked for a hiatal hernia. What if this was silent reflux all along? Is it dangerous to leave it untreated? I have an occasional cough, definitely not persistent. No heartburn, bad taste, burning, hoarse voice, nausea or vomiting. I sleep on my left and the soreness is on the right. Maybe it isn't.
Ugh. I'm sorry, I'm rambling. And fed up!