Asthma, Cystic Fibrosis, Alpha-1, COPD, health anxiety???

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Johny Bongo
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   Posted 12/30/2015 8:23 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm a 33 year old male. In 2006 I had an x-ray for a nasty cold, I was 25 or so at the time. The findings: Heart is normal size. Lungs are hyperinflated. Aorta and pulmonary vascularity are unremarkable. There is not acute lung or infiltrate or congestive heat failure. Impression: Hyperinflated Lungs, no acute cardiopulmonary disease.

In 2009, i had bronchitis and doctor only said they found it on x-ray but never gave me explanation of what they found. Same for 2011, bronchitis only lasted for 1-2 weeks.

Then in 2010, same hospital and chest x-ray was normal. Findings - there is no evidence of acute inifiatte or plural effusion. The heart size is withini normal limits. Bony thorax is unremarkable. CONCLUSION, normal chest.

Since then 2011-2015 I had check ups, and chest x-rays were all normal.

I was diagnosed with asthma when I came down with pneumonia at 16, but never needed an inhaler to play sports. I'm still active to this day and never had an attack.

So what bothers me, is that I am not sure if it's ALPHA-1, mild asthma, COPD (since i smoked marijuana for 8 years straight) or even atypical cystic fibrosis. I've been reading stories of people being diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis after years of chest infections and sinusitis (which I get almost every year)

Docs are not taking me serious. I want to go to CF adult clinic but they need: culture, chest ct scan, genetic testing and more. My doctors kinda smirk at me, since they know I have really bad anxiety. My only systems are IBS (confirmed by colonscopy and MRCP) and yearly sinus infections. My son often gets the cold and passes it on to me. I guess if I did have CF, I would be the lucky 1-2% that's able to have kids.

My flow peak meter is below average, but I feel fine. No wheezing, out of breath or coughing. My Protein electrophoresis, liver, heart, kidney, cbc were all fine.

Any advice on what to do? My mom died of lung cancer, she smoked cigs for 15 years, I quit smoking pot when she passed. My psychologist tells me to cool it down and psychiatrist has me on xanix when needed.

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   Posted 12/30/2015 9:26 PM (GMT -6)   
From what you have said is that there are no signs of CF or COPD and you should trust your doctors. You had a bout of asthma as a teen (with pneumonia which is typical) but that has been many years past.

What I honestly feel is that you have health anxiety related to your mothers passing. Totally understandable - I'm sure it wasn't easy to witness. But you need to work with your psychologist and try help ease your mind.
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