Hello! At first this may sound a bit hypochondriac/Google-patient but hear me out! Sorry for the long post too, it's a long story as they say!
I'm 19 years old, and when I was a just few months old I started getting chest infections which I needed hospitalisation and nebulisers etc for. When I turned 2 years old and allergies were discovered it was diagnosed as bad asthma and all my life I've been on increasing medications for asthma.
However I have never had an asthma attack..
I know when I need meds increase because I chest infections get more frequently and I get worse coughing fits (coughing up mucus). I'm now on all medicines apart from daily steroid tablets which I need whenever I get ill. I'm on montelukast and seretide 250 and Salbutamol at least 4 times a day. I've always had chest infections minimum once a year but that's increased in recent years and now I'm just coming down with my third chest infection in 4 months despite antibiotics. I pretty much permanently have colds, bronchitis or sinusitis (and lots of -ituses).
I've always been very active - running, climbing, pole fitness, swimming etc - but in the last year I've started to struggle. I can't exercise outside because my lungs can't take fresh or cool air, I can't do anything too cardio related, I am tired all the time from constant coughing.
I've always suffered from bouts of nausea, constipation and diarrhoea but in the last two years it's got ridiculous. No IBS medicines work and coeliac has been tested for and ruled out. I get steatorrhoea, constipation for days on end and horrible, horrible bloating and pain after eating anything fatty. I'm also very deficient in Vitamin D taking 2,000UI of it a day to start with and have a follow-up review in a few months and I'm showing symptoms of Vitamin A and K deficiency but not yet been tested.
My sinuses are constantly blocked and doctors change their minds between post-nasal drip and sinusitis every few years.
I get reflux every day which is sometimes burning and other times I just know from the taste or regurgitation.
I've never been stick-thin but I've also definitely never been fat - a year and a bit ago I unexpectedly lost quite a lot of weight (over Christmas somehow!) but then not long after got thyroiditis and an underactive thyroid which took 8 months to clear up with medications so the weight loss slowed then, but now I'm starting to drop the kilograms again without trying.
I've always been seen by Southampton's respiratory teams and have an appointment in February because of continuing problems. I know a few people, coincidentally, with cystic fibrosis of varying degrees of severity and the similarities between our medications and complaints is shocking. However I don't want to either embarrass myself by asking a consultant whether I could have a relatively mild but needing treatment case of CF, or waste anyone's time but I'm really struggling with my health and as I've just started a nursing degree I need to get things sorted sooner rather than later.
I was thinking of trying to see a GP first to see if they can arrange a CF test so I can either clear my mind (I'm literally losing sleep over it) or take iffy results to my respiratory consultant appointment.
How do I go about approaching the doctor about it?! I feel like they might laugh in my face or say I'm just being stupid but I won't stop thinking about it until they either 100% rule out CF or find out what really is causing all my various ailments.
Sorry for the long post, I'm fairly desperate for help, I'm sick of not being able to take a full, comfortable breath. Basically I've got a lot of CF symptoms, more so than asthma and IBS put together, but I don't want to be a pain to doctors or look silly if I'm wrong (which would be great if it turns out to be something easier to treat!!)
Thank you, tealover x