As well as Hypothyroidism and Oesophagitis, my mum has COPD, but in April of this year, she was happily paddle boarding, travelling and leading a pretty active life. Then in May, she got ill with a fever/cold, etc... and by the end of May, she was unable to walk across the room because of severe breathlessness. After multiple trips to her GP where she was given different puffers and steroids, she ended up in hospital which was very scary. She had a CT scan and an x-ray showed emphysenatous changes and right sided apical scarring but her lungs were clear and she was sent home after 2 nights with Ventoline.
It is now late November and she is still struggling with her breathing. Odd days are good, but more often than not, it is a battle for her to use the stairs and do everyday tasks such as going into town to the shops. Nothing she has been given has made much of a difference. She finally got referred to a specialist but has to wait until December 3rd to see him/her which means that she has been unwell for 7 months now.
My recent research into thyroid disorders and Levothyroxine in particular makes me wonder if it is this that is exacerbating the problem... I know it's a long shot, but symptoms include fatigue, breathlessness, brittle nails, cold extremities, depression and dry skin.
I just wondered if anyone would care to weigh in as no one from the medical profession has been able to help and I can't bear to see her struggling like this.