Post Edited (Jodi jp) : 12/29/2006 7:27:29 PM (GMT-7)
Hello Smith and welcome to HW! As Jodi advised, get a sweat test and a fecal fat test done, they are painless and will help the doctors in findina a diagnosis.
Keep us posted!
Hello everyone and thank you for your messages.
I have just come back from a visit to an Osteopath! During this last infection, it turns out that I have damaged the muscles in my shoulder and the side of my neck. The Osteopath said that this area is all connected to the respiratory system and that the pain is a result of the coughing from the chest infection as well as breathing difficulties.
I mentioned to her that I was going to ask my Doctor to investigate about all these infections that I am getting, especially as it is appearing monthly. She said that I really should get it looked into and that really it just wasn't right.
I will do this straight away on Tuesday and see what happens.
Thank you again and Happy New Year
Smith 120 (Sarah)
PS: Thank you for website info, will take a look.
I have been to see my Asthma Nurse today, as the pain that I saw an Osteopath for, turned out to be another bout of Pneumonia! I was at my local hospital on New Years Eve and an Xray confirmed the diagnosis.
My Asthma Nurse says I have definately got Asthma - but possibly also something called Brochietasis, which is a permanant abnormal widening of the airways. This causes constant infections and yellow sputum amongst other things. They are treating me with antibiotics for a month, but the likelyhood is that I will be taking these on a permanant basis.
If things still don't improve I will ask them to probe further, but hopefully this may work.
Thank you to all who posted replies.
The hospital put me on a course of oral antibiotics, which was the third one that I have been taking since 18th Dec! They too mentioned that this bug had become a bit resistant to the antibiotics I had previously taken.
The Asthma Nurse has given me another course of oral antibiotics to start tomorrow, which will last for a month. After this I have to book another appointment. It looks quite likely that they will refer me back to the Hospital to see the Consultant as they are quite keen for me to have a CT Scan of the Lungs and at this point I will then insist on the sweat test. This last dose of Pneumonia has left me feeling exhausted with no energy and it just cannot continue without knowing why it is happening. They have mentioned too that if it is this Bronchietasis, that I will need daily phsiotherapy to bring up the sputum, which collects in the lungs and that it is important to increase my exercise levels.
I really appreciate the advice that I have received on this forum and I will post replies to let you know how I am getting along.
Thank you again and I hope you are getting on o.k.
Sarah (Smith 120)