acute bronchitis chest infection Pneumonia

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I had all these back in April i was so ill i was off my feet over 3 weeks in bed gradually began to improve end of June and i had a spirometry test was told it was good at 92% so stopped inhalers i really went down hill it was like hitting a brick wall i deteriated breathing wise and mobility i have had several ECGs a heart scan and all have come back clear the heart doctor said to look at vascular instead i have bilateral pedal oedema and have been on water tablets for several months. my breathing is getting worse its at the top of chest throat area i feel like i have a scarf round my neck constantly. i walk a few steps and am breathless just going upstairs i am breathless cannot walk more than 20 yard when i have to stop and rest. i have tightness of chest alot and a pulse like throb under the left breast on any kind of exhertion. has any one any ideas please x

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    I would contact the British Lung Foundation for advice on your query.

    You can have a normal spirometry but still have lung damage and breathing difficultty whether its from the lung damage or other, stopping your inhalers perhaps wasn't a good idea especially as your breathing went down hill and it getting worse.  Does your doctor know you have stopped your inhalers?  Please talk with you GP about what you are currently experiencing.  If you continue without medication when you have lung damage you are likely to cause yourself more health issues.

     

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      no after 1 week i was put back on the inhalers by another doctor i have continued taking them i try limit the ventolin one as i have 4 puffs when enter work as i have just walked from the carpark 30 yards and am really out of breath i sit and compose myself and i am able to slowly go upstairs around 1 hr later i dont have inhaler at this point but when i go upstairs 3 hrs later i do. it almost feels like from the chin down to the waist seizes up when i have exherted myself in any way i also get the throbbing fist size under left breast. i have told my GP every time i go they just smile at me and say wait for heart results i have now just feel so frustrated its taking so long they dont seem to understand how this is affecting me x
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      Hi Helen, waiting for the results is probably a good idea, docs don't usually give medicines until results are to hand, the results usually indicate the next step, medicines further tests or referral to specialist.  If you are not happy with the results ask GP for a referral to the specialist.

      Hope you get this resolved soon, perhaps ask your GP to be signed off sick explaining the difficulties you are experiencing.

      Best wishes V

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      they are doing another spirometer test on the 6th Nov im hoping i can manage until then i am so tired cannot do anything without being breathless or in pain i would gladly accept having phsyio of some kind a pick me up tonic if they are going to be doing tests and taking so long doing so x

       

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