Hi. I'm looking for a little advice, please.
I've been having dull chest discomfort/pain for about 2 months. It's been accompanied by wheezing, breathlessness on mild exertion, a non-productive cough and I can hear crackle sounds when I breathe in. Ive been back and forth to my GP and have had ECGs and a cardiac stress test which they said was all fine. I've also had a chest X-ray that showed enlargement in the centre of my chest. (I think he mentioned the lymph nodes). But the report from the radiologist was very vague and they said it "could" be a chest infection. My GP prescribed me antibiotics but they didn't have any effect at all.
I went back to see him after I finished the course and he still had no clue what was going on. I asked if it could be asthma and he said it was unlikely as it wouldn't show on an X-ray, but he prescribed me a salbutamol inhaler just in case. I've been taking it (the prescribed 4 times a day) and it doesn't work. In fact I've stopped taking it because it made me shaky and my throat feel tight. I've also been referred to a respiratory dept to look at my X-ray, but this could be weeks away.
It's stopping me from doing things as I get so out of breath from the slightest things. Housework is extremely difficult. Is there anything else I should be doing/asking for? I'm worried that it's something serious and everything takes so long. It's weeks between appointments and referrals.
Thank you if you made it this far! Any advice would be appreciated.