This is my first time asking a question - so it may be a little longwinded!
I have Asthma, and Chronic Sinusitis (both of which I do not think are very well managed by my G.P.). My peak flow is usually around 320 - 380 at best (I am 43, female, non-smoker, petite). My Asthma Nurse seems to think this is perfectly acceptable (I have an idea that it should be higher - but I'm not certain what is usual for people). I rarely have Asthma reviews. I used to be invited for Flu jabs yearly, but then my G.P. just stopped it - out of the blue. I'm with a new G.P. now, and they have just started inviting me again.
However, my biggest issue is with the fact that I get regular and frequent respiratory infections. These pretty much always affect my sinuses, causing pain, blocked nose, headaches and yellowy-green mucus. At the same time, I get a scratchy, sore throat (which looks extremely red and tender on inspection) - I cannot depress my tongue easily, so my G.P. finds it hard to check. As the infection progresses, I have a dry cough and slight wheeze. I feel a choking sensation. There is also sharp pain in the right hand side of my chest that makes me want to cough. The pain is located at the back and side, about breast level, and under my right armpit. It feels internally "bruised" and hurts if I inhale.
These infections ALWAYS seem to start either during, or a few days after, my menstrual period!
I have attended the G.P. on several occasions, and they seem at a loss. My old G.P. used to just give me Antibiotics (Amoxycillin/Erythromycin/Doxycycline) over the phone - couldn't even be bothered to see me! When I asked why, they just responded that it's because "I'm known to be prone to infections"! My new G.P. does sometimes give me an appointment (though I think they would still prefer if I just went away and managed it on my own). When I do see someone they usually just say it "is viral" and send me away again! THIS time (I'm three weeks into an infection now) they DID give me Penicillin as it's been so slow to clear.
I am truly frustrated, and worn down by these bugs. They happen pretty much monthly (sometimes more). I've had septoplasty and sinus surgery (twice), also nasal cauterizing. I take any Antibiotics given. NOTHING seems to be stopping the infections. I feel they haven't been fully investigated - mucus swabs and sputum samples were only taken once (and my G.P. had already started me on medication, so they came back negative). I was under a Chest Consultant, but he discharged me as I missed an appointment (I was in Hospital having surgery, because I also have Endometriosis!).
Sorry for such a long post... only I'm getting pretty fed up. I haven't a clue what's going on, what causes it, or how it should be treated/addressed. If anyone has advice or assistance, I'd be extremely grateful.