Hi there all, I'm Jan I'm 50 years young and seem to spend a lot of time at the Docs .. beginning to think I'm a hypochondriac lol.
Anyway the long and short of it is I'm a non-smoker always have been, tho my parents both smoked, my ex smoked and now my daughter smokes ... why do I mention this, well my Doc thinks I may have COPD due to passive smoking ... great cheers family grrrr lol
Generally healthy altho, I was diagnosed with perennial rhinitis 16 yrs ago, an underactive thyroid 10 yrs ago, IBS a few years ago and started with the perimenopause about 4 years ago ... now about 1 n half years into the menopause
Anyhoo about 5 years ago I got really poorly in Winter started with chest infection ended up with pleurisy ... took about 3 mths to get over it properly (post fatigue and all that shizz)
The following Winter I was poorly again, with bronchitis, pharyngitis, then tracheitis. After that bout I was left with a constant cough and the feeling of needing to clear my throat all the time and a feeling of a lump in my throat, sooooo, I was sent for a barium swallow and cos the Doc thought I may have a pharyngeal pouch (I don't) but I was told that my oesophagus and swallowing mechanism is out of sync lol, soooo I'm also taking omeprazole.
Anyway the long and short of it is the Doc has previously said I just have a habitual cough as I'm always clearing my throat. But as I have just been ill again for about 4 weeks she's sending me off for a Spirometry test which is Thursday.
Apparently I was diagnosed with asthma in 1996 (I wasn't told at the time) but I have had Bricanyl inhalers in the past, cos of wheezing,so the Doc did an asthma review and told me I don't have asthma (I already knew that lol) She listened to my lungs (had a nice lil wheeze going on) but was also experiencing light headedness and dizziness/nausea., and fatigue Also developed a cold 2 weeks into the illness (caught the virus from my daughter cheers luv), not a runny nose, just a stuffy nose.The feeling of dryness in my throat and that I needed to cough something up meant I've been constantly coughing which caused blinding head pains (really can't deal with that at all)
I've had to carry on working through it all as I'm a self-employed ironing lady ... no work, no pay
I'm feeling tons better now tho my lungs ache and I still have the need to cough, tho I do cough up lil bits of phlegm now whereas I wasn't earlier in the illness.
I'm pretty resigned to being told I have COPD, which strangely I'm not concerned about, asit would just be nice for someone to say, yes you have this and yes you have had it for 5 years possibly and no you aren't going nuts lol
Anyway expect to see me hear more often to share my ups and downs with you all, after Thursday lol xx