Could it be CF?

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   Posted 1/25/2017 9:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, my husband thinks I'm a hypochondriac, but I have quite a few symptoms and have been on and off a slew of meds for years. I am a 56-year-old woman, and am finding that some of my meds are no longer working so I started searching the internet (as we all do nowadays) and discovered that a lot of my symptoms match those of CF. Here's my list of symptoms:
Fatty liver (tests throughout the years have shown this, no cause known)
History of asthma & breathing issues (albuterol no longer helping)
Chronic cough
Coughing up thick sputum with blood (have been told it’s reflux, but medication no longer helping)
Chronic constipation
Chronic bowel pain
Previous colonoscopy showed narrowing where large & small intestine meet, with no explanation
Prone to heat stroke - get too hot and pass out
Chronic bronchitis
Frequent sinus infections
Crave salt
Chronic non-allergic rhinitis
High blood pressure
High cholesterol
Sleep apnea
Barrett's esophogus
History of stomach ulcers

I am wondering if any of you "older" folks who were diagnosed later in life with CF can tell me if this sounds like something I should be tested for. Or, am I just a hypochondriac like my husband says! I am on about a dozen medications right now. At one point my doc thought I might have congestive heart failure or COPD but I didn't have insurance at the time so we addressed it by 'trying' different medications. None seemed to really help. The coughing has become worse in the last few years, and now I regularly choke up a thick mucus tinged with blood (it takes days to get it to cough up though). I don't know if I should ask my doctor for this type of test or if I'll be wasting money and time.

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Date Joined Jan 2018
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   Posted 1/28/2018 11:55 AM (GMT -6)   
I do not have CF, but with that list of symptoms, ineffective treatment, and the obvious concern you have about CF. I would get tested if you have insurance/money and it doesnt compromise you financially. No one knows how you feel and your symptoms better than you. I dont feel your a hypochondriac. Thats more if yoy always think you have a different rare problem. Besure you write out something similarr as your above post to take a give to your Dr if you decide to ask for testing. Signs and symptoms to back up your voncern.
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