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Hi there, I have been reading everyones experiences and as I am now so desperate for help felt I should see what people suggest. 16 years ago, when I was pregnant with my 3rd child I developed wheezing, breathlesness and coughing. I was started on asthma treatment. Over the years I have progressively got worse, numerous courses of steroids and antibiotics which as they are only a 5 day course don't seem to be long enough to really have any benefit! 2 years ago I was finally referred by my GP to a respiratory specialist at local hospital. All he did was put me on seretide and montelukast - which gave a short term improvement in my condition. A year ago I was desperate, every day I cough up phlegm, sticky mostly white but sometimes green stuff, I have had 2 hernia ops, the hernias I know are caused by the coughing and I now have 2 more hernias. I have for the last 10 months been seeing a Thoracic consultant who initially I thought seemed OK but now I think he must be blind or stupid! He has put me on omeprazole to treat the heartburn that I get, eventually decided to do blood tests and a broncoscopy which found bacteria and fungus on my lungs. Then after more blood tests and a CT scan has dismissed me for 3 months to see how I go as he thinks at the most my bronchiectasis is very mild. I totally disagree with his diagnosis and don't know what to do next. Help!! This is really affecting my life badly I cannot work anymore, find going out socially embarrassing as I cough at the slightest thing and I'm so tired and my ribs ache from coughing. :cry:
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