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What does a person do who does not really believe they have bronchiectasis? I do not have the usual symptoms of breathlessness, chest pains, or phlegm. What I do get is an irrating cough that can go on for hours on a daily basis. It is very debilitating and not very nice socially. What I do fetch up is a clear sticky liquid, more like saliva then discoloured phlegm. I do have a small patch on my lower left lobal lung that has not inflated properly (probably from birth or childhood illness) and a ct scan showed some scarring. My cough can disappear for years and then start up again with the mucous problem. Trouble is... now that I have been diagnosed it is difficult to get my GP to send me to hospital for a different referall as I think I may have reflux from a small hernia found 4 years ago. I suffer too from very sore throats from constant coughing as well as stress incontinence. I don't get any anti-biotics as I am told there is no cure for bronchi; I don't get any physio; it seems I have just got to put up and shut up. I am thinking of paying private for another consultation, not at my local hospital, but one in London, although I am a pensioner and really cannot afford it. Any advice anyone?[/i]
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