I am a 34 year old female from the UK. I decided to try find out why my sweat and skin are very salty and when on holiday in hot climates even to the extreme of being able to see and brush off crystallized sodium from my chest arms and especially legs. Every web search comes back with the same results, as a symptom of Cystic Fibrosis. As far as I am aware there is no history of CF in my family, but I have not really delved into the family history as yet.
I was small and undernourished as a child with a poor appetite and bowel problems relating mostly to constipation which once resulted in two weeks of investigative hospitalisation. I also had dermatological problems. I still have a sluggish digestive system and have had all my years. I am not underweight now, but remain only 5 foot tall haha. To my knowledge I don't remember being particularly prone to respiratory illnesses which I know is one of the main symptoms of CF. Is it possible I may have a mild form of CF even though I do not suffer from one of the main symptoms? I have read about diagnosis in adulthood but as I technically am not "unwell" I do not want to rush to my doctor in fear of being labeled a hypochondriac! As the healthcare in the UK is mostly there to aid people who are "ill" and I don't wan't to waste their valuable time and resources when there are a lot more people with more serious needs than me.
Any advice would help, Thanks.
Post Edited (Scottishlass) : 10/24/2006 7:55:08 AM (GMT-6)