I took seretide 500 for 8 years now, only to be told I should come off it, as this particular inhaler is predominantly for ASTHMA which I do not suffer from. Also, my spirometry was normal - so I do not have COPD which was the original diagnosis 8 years ago!!!!!!!
It is now thought I have bronchiectasis - as sticky mucous in throat ongoing, other than when I am asleep. I understand there is no cure for bronchiectasis, which I personally think I do have, as this "productive cough" has persisted and got worse ever since I first noticed coughing a lot of mucous over many years, esp in 2010 when we had the first sub-zero winter.... I did have a CT scan 5 years ago, and the consultant told me I had VERY MINOR BRONCHIECTASIS - and told me not to worry?!
As the amount of mucous I coughed each day has increased over the last few years and the consultant departed for another job, I have "begged" the new consultant to re-scan me - and that was 4 years ago. I am in my early 70s so these years are precious, but the new consultant dithered, until I went into the hospital with a letter and gave it to her in between patients, telling her (in the letter) that the phlegm has increased to 100ml daily, that I rarely go out because of the adverse comments my coughing attract and I need to have another CT scan or some sort of investigation, as I cannot continue like this with no quality of life. She eventually referred me for a scan, since which the CT staff have twice cancelled and deferred for a future date because "their CT scanner was broken"! (This is a London Teaching Hospital!)
In the meantime I have tried cutting out dairy produce but no help with this. I have had 2 endoscopies - one yielded the opinion that the excessive mucous comes from LPR (silent reflux), and the other endoscopy that it comes from the secretions in my lungs. I am not taking any meds now for reflux or "chronic cough" which is what they are now calling it - and am awaiting a fresh aptmt with the CT scan pple.
Has anybody any tips to reduce this degree of productive cough?