Monday, July 06, 2009

Ailments the Dr can't seem to diagnose...

At the moment I have this thing where I feel the need to inhale a deep breath or take a deep yawn to relieve a sort of breathless feeling I get, now I have slight Asthma and take my inhalers when needed, but this seems unrelated. Over the years this is about the 3rd time this has occurred, and I told the Dr about it on one Asthma check up and he just give me a 'haven't got a clue what you're going on about' type of look, at the time when I told him it wasn't affecting me but I thought I'd mention it anyway.

So it's started up in the last few days again, and I've done a search online, and found numerous people, young to old, smokers and non smokers, athlete's and non athlete's who are all taking about similar symptoms, and who've been told by Dr's it's anxiety related, it's Asthma related amongst various other things, and these people are from all around the world.

Now I'm not too worried about it this time as I'm sure it will just cease like it has before. And the bizarre thing is my son had a similar thing around 3 years ago were he kept feeling the need to take deep breaths too. I have my own theories on what the cause might be, I think it might be allergy based, possibly spores, pollen etc... so I've been taking Benadryl to see if that helps.

But I know of a few people who talk about bizarre medical conditions that they just can't seem to get diagnosed at a GP, they fob them off with stress, anxiety etc... Yet they've read about other people will the self same problem online, now I'm sure most Dr's aren't too pleased with people saying hey I've Googled what's wrong with me, but I do believe that there are things out there that the average GP doesn't have a clue about or how to treat it !

18 comments:

crookymike said...

No matter what symptoms I've gone to the Doctors with, I either get prescribed antibiotics or get told to take ibuprofen. I don't know if the Doctor can't diagnose or simply can't be bothered to diagnose.

Steve said...

The trouble (and danger) with doctors is that they don't know everything but treat people as if they do... but what's the alternative: Crystal healing? Getting your chakras realigned? They've got us over a barrel!

Graeme Neil Reid said...

Yup, I know what you are saying about how it can sound like you might be putting down local GPs but to be brutally honest nobody can claim to know everything and in the case of the HNS I think the staff should have training every week to keep them on top form. Oh and of course a massive pay rise. I wait a long time with my various aches and pains before I go to see a GP because almost every time its a blank look I receive.

Michael Grant Clark said...

I think you have Spectrox toxemia.

There's only one cure for that. Got any bats handy?

Inchy said...

I've recently had to visit the consultant urologist at my local hospital with a problem with one of my testicles which, as you can imagine, has concerned me quite a bit. This was after an appointment with my GP, a woman, who really couldn't get me out of her surgery quick enough when I told her that it was my family jewels I wanted her to take a look at.
She took a quick gaze and said "Oh, er, we'll just refer you to the hospital". I wasn't best pleased to say the least.
Then I get to the consultant. He prods and squeezes and say "well I'm sure it's nothing" to which I mentally reply "well if it's nothing how come I'm in so much fucking pain?!"

I spent 7 years working in the NHS so I know that the staff can't please all of the people all of the time, but the good doctors are the ones that don't treat you like a car in for a new exhaust.

Andrew Glazebrook said...

I honestly sometimes think we'd be better visiting a vet ! I heard a story many years ago off an old chap who'd been having pain and breathing difficulty that his Dr couldn't diagnose, he took his Dog to the Vet's and the vet noticed he was in pain and he had a quick look over him and told him he had a collapsed lung, which it turned out he had !!

Inchy said...

PS - As a life long allergy sufferer, I can tell you that it's well worth booking yourself and your son in for an allergy test.
I knew from childhood that I had Hay Fever, but after a test I also discovered that it is tree pollen in particular that I have the strongest reaction to, and that I'm also allergic to cats and household dust, so it's laminate flooring for me!

Andrew Glazebrook said...

I had allergy tests as a kid and I know the things I am allergic too,I'd say most of my Asthma is allergy based, so I tend to take Piriton or Benedryl if I feel wheezy as well as my inhaler.

Inchy said...

Allergies, the modern disease.

I remember reading somewhere that by 2040 over half of the population of the UK will be "pollen intolerant".

They never mentioned that on Blake's 7!

Andrew Glazebrook said...

I seen Servelan sneeze in one episode though !!!

Inchy said...

She can blow her nose on my sleeve anytime!

Andrew Glazebrook said...

What was that ? You'd like to blow your load on her anytime ?! :)

Inchy said...

Well, not in so many words Andrew, but remember that the queue starts behind me!

allen said...

Odd. I too have had breathing issues as of late. I'll cough and then have a hard time collecting my breath afterward. Ended up in the emergency room. Now I've got two nasal sprays and am doing a lot better. Haven't even needed the inhaler the ER gave me. Plus my snoring has stopped.

Good luck!

Michael Grant Clark said...

You know, if you have Asthma you're really not supposed to take any anti histamines or Ibuprophen. As it affects your breathing!

Of course I too have Asthma and sometimes have to take all of the above. Nearly stops me from breathing but at least I can get near a cat without exploding.

Did someone mention Servalan's moggie?

Jon Sorensen said...

Very struck by this since it is true that I myself know several people close to me who have been affected by the same shortness of breath, one of them quite seriously. Something is going on and I'm going to start asking around like you did, Andrew.
By the way, your "Blog" is very interesting, stimulating and entertaining and I'm going to make a point of swinging by when I can. Thank you and keep up the great work. Jon Sorensen. www.jonsorensen.co.uk

Andrew Glazebrook said...

Cheers for posting here Jon, my breathing ailment eased off just a day or so after posting this, I'm sure it will make a return at some point just to annoy me gain, as to what's causing it etc... !!
It was great to see the interview with you on the Alien Documentary recently that was posted online !! You can find my art Blog here

Jon Sorensen said...

Thank you again, Andrew, and very impressed with your outstanding creative work. Very taken too with the UFO art, since it's been a interest of mine, particularly the Rendlesham Forest incident on which I created an album of music in 2006 and it was reviewed by Georgina Bruni and Nick Pope. Good to know you. Your CGI miniatures have a reality about them. Am putting out feelers about this very real breathing thing. Again great work. Stay Sunny! Jon.