I have been unwell for over 2 years but like most people I struggled on until the point comes where you can't stand it anymore, it started with bad pains in both legs mainly in the calf region and after 2 full body bone scans and 6 MRI's, 5 different consultants and 3 wrong diagnosis I was finally found to have 2 prolapsed discs, in the meantime I had been diagnosed with mild OSA & high blood pressure all treatable and apart from the discs not debilitating, I went to see my GP in Dec 11 with a chest infection and a cough that that I had for about 4 weeks which was so bad that I often black out whilst coughing, he could not hear any infection and sent me for a spiromentry test with the nurse and told me to take cough lintus, I never heard any result from the test despite visiting regularly for prescriptionsso I assumed it was something I had to live with, in October 12 I got severe chest pains and thought that my heart was going to jump out of my chest. At A&E they found I had a Aterial flutter and referred me to the cardiac team, I went back to my GP to sign me off work and he suggested a Spiromentry test! I said I had had one in January and he asked me what the result was!! when he checked it on the computer he said you have COPD gave me an inhaler and printed off info from the internet and sent me away. The cardiac team wanted another Spiromentry test done before they operated on me and this one shows a restrictive PD unfortunately the op was not successful and I am left with an erratic heart rate causing me to feel faint and fainting, short of breath, unable to walk 20 metres, blacking out when coughing and unable to sleep either through pain in the legs or the OSA waking me up, oh to live in a third world country.
I have been awarded ESA Support Group (whatever that means) and I have applied for DLA but I have been told not to hold my breath as you need to jump through so many hoops you meet yourself coming back, I have always believed in the welfare system and have never begrudged a penny in taxes or NI in the 38 years I have worked and contributed if only I had known how difficult it is to get help when you really need it.