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What should I ask for at GP? Asthma

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kohl Fri 07-Nov-14 11:08:08

I know no one can diagnose me over the Internet, but I just feel so sick & sad.
I'm asthmatic & I've been sick more or less constantly since this time last year when i was 30 weeks pregnant. I've had a productive, persistant cough that I had course after course of antibiotics for from nov-jan, but when they finally swabbed me they discovered no bacterial infection. Had 2x courses of steroids dec-jan which helped a bit. Coughed so much I tore an intercostal muscle and felt so ill I could barely climb a flight of stairs.
Since giving birth i've had on and off a hoarse voice/sounding like a 13 year old boy & I've lost so much weight-more than just baby weight.
Still productive coughing on & off-new inhaler-seretide, bit of difference to start with, not much now. But I'm not really wheezy just coughing & aching back/chest.
Made another appointment with gp (2 week wait) felt so ill yesterday I called this morning-had a phone consult to be told they're writing me a script for amoxicillin & to keep taking my inhaler.
I just feel desperate & really worried it's something sinister. I'm sure I don't have a bacterial infection as I didn't the last four times they prescribed it.
Well done for anyone who's got to the end of this essay, I guess I just feel that I'm totally not being listened to & it feels a long time to wait til next week. Ugh.

Musicaltheatremum Fri 07-Nov-14 17:23:57

I would have seen you today and possibly referred you to a respiratory specialist and done bloods and CXR. I certainly wouldn't be prescribing you antibiotics over the phone. There are cases where I do but I don't feel they have put themselves in the position to safely do this did the Dr even speak to you? If you're no better by Monday you need to be seen and if you get worse over the weekend you need to go to OOH. The weight loss is concerning. Not sure of your nationality or where you live but excluding TB would be important and I would be thinking out the box by now. You could have a pneumonia if you are feeling so bad. I would not be happy as a GP that we wouldn't give you an appointment for 2 weeks.
Good luck

ChestyCoffin Fri 07-Nov-14 17:27:04

I would ask for a referral to a respiratory consultant because of the length of your symptoms with little improvement.

Asthma is the pits.

kohl Fri 07-Nov-14 23:14:47

Thanks so so much for your replies, I do really appreciate you taking the time, at least I now feel that IANBU. I'm in London (so TB is a possibility in my area), the dr did speak to me, but it was so perfunctory I doubt he even heard what I said.
I'm pretty sure I am coming down with something (else) so that has probably exacerbated whatever's going on in my lungs.
I'll go back if I get any worse, but will be pushing for bloods, cxr and referral at my next appt.

Handsup Sat 08-Nov-14 10:30:28

I'm no expert but have asthma too. If my asthma is not under control, I'll cough up lots of mucus which I know isn't bacterial but instead from constant inflammation. I've been on symbicort for a few years but prior to that I was on Seretide which I found for me personally useless - it was actually a respiratory consultant that told me to give the Symbicort a bash as I was running out of options.
Don't be fobbed off with antibiotics, ask for a referral.

MissLivvy Sat 08-Nov-14 20:53:11

If you're in London, get a referral to Prof Cullinan at Royal Brompton hospital. You won't look back, good luck.

kohl Mon 10-Nov-14 21:47:12

Thanks so much for the tip Miss Livvy will do.

kohl Wed 12-Nov-14 20:41:35

I don't know if anyone is reading, but DH is at work & I'm freaking out as I have managed to convince myself that I have lung cancer. So stupid as if I do, worrying will make no difference, and if I don't, it's a waste of time. But this knowledge is not really helping.
I have an xray booked for tomorrow morning, and I have no idea how I'm going to cope waiting for a week for the results.
I did smoke on and off for 10 years (gave up 5 years ago) which is just fuel to the the fire of my panic.

kohl Wed 12-Nov-14 20:42:28

And I googled. Massive mistake.

magso Thu 13-Nov-14 10:22:37

Hand holding for you kohl. Good you are getting an X- ray. Bear in mind there are many things that could be causing your symptoms, that are not what you fear. Then try to keep busyto distract yourself.

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