I have had a cough for over 10 years. Around 8 years ago I saw a Dr privately and spent all my outpatients allowance on him but don't think I really got a definitive diagnosis. I was clearing out some paperwork and found a letter from him that mentioned Bronchiectasis. At the time, he did blood tests and my IgE level was 715. On further investigation I have come across the link between Bronchiectasis and Aspergillosis and it's like a light has been switched on - I'm sure that this is what I have.
I have had very mild asthma since childhood, but have been using my reliever inhaler a lot more in recent years. I cough pretty much all the time and struggle to bring up small amounts of very sticky mucous. Occasionally I get small, itchy welts/bumps on my face which I always thought were some form of "hives" but I think this may be connected with the Aspergillosis. I struggle to breath and have tightness in my chest. My inhaler seems to make me cough for a while after I take it, as if it's trying to help me get the mucus out.
My cough seemed to start when I moved to my current job (been here 14 years), it's an air conditioned building and I sit near some vents.
I saw my GP again a while ago and he fobbed me off and said it's just a cough and something you have to live with. I am going to see my GP next week and insist that I am referred for more tests.
Do any of these symptoms sound familiar? Am I going mad or have I identified what I've been suffering with all this time?
Any help/advice would be most welcome.