Thursday, 22 March 2018

Well, there's a surprise!

Thank you once again for the comments, especially to Briony.

We went yesterday to see the respiratory consultant about OH's persistent cough that he's had on and off for years.  This cough has been put down to asthma by a succession of GPs, although husband has always maintained it's not asthma - he's not breathless or wheezy (never has been) and has always had strong scores on the peak flow meter thingy - he can blow far better than me and I don't have asthma.  

The consultant was lovely (as have been all the medical people, doctors and nurses, we've seen rather a lot of over the past few weeks), showed us the various scans and x-ray results and explained them all clearly.  OH had already been told he's got asbestos plaques on his lungs, his GP had said they merely indicate that husband has in the distant past been exposed to a small amount of asbestos, and not that there's any problem.  The consultant confirmed this, he said they are of no importance at all and are extremely unlikely to cause any problems or develop into anything serious.  So that's good.

He then went on to say that there is no evidence of any problem at all, and in fact in his opinion OH does not even have asthma.  He reckons the most likely explanation for the cough is heartburn (which OH wasn't aware he suffered from!).  He said it was also possibly due to the fact that husband has hayfever....his throat may also be irritated by things other than pollen, apparently.

He recommended that we raise the head of the bed on bricks, that husband takes double the dose of omeprazole, which he has to take to protect his stomach from the daily aspirin he takes for his heart, and that he uses a hayfever nasal spray.  These measures should show an improvement within 2 or 3 months, he said.  

We're relieved it's nothing serious, one less thing to worry about!

7 comments:

  1. That's wonderful! What splendidly practical and achievable advice too. No wonder you are relieved. I'm so glad.
    J x

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  2. We have the top of the bed raised on one brick each side, makes a difference. DB used to take aspirin but it upset his stomach so now takes clopidogral, much better.

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  3. Wow, what a result, hope he's correct and hubby feels better soon.
    What have you done with Betty, haven't seen a photo in ages, hint, hint

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  4. Hi its me again. Just a word on the cough. Tom also had a really bad cough, so bad that he was also given liquid morphine for the pain in his ribs. He had taken Ramipril for years for his heart and on reading up on dear old Google I discovered that it can cause coughs. Lo and behold as soon as he stopped taking the Rapipril his cough disappeared. I have just looked up Omeprazole and apparently this can have the same effect and give you a cough. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/14565840
    So good that his lungs are okay though, you must be pleased.
    I never take the Doctors word for anything and always do some research. Statins are another bugbear of mine. Toms consultant told him that he was wise to come off of them when he lost a lot of his muscle. Makes you think doesn't it.
    Briony
    x

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  5. What a relief for you both.
    Hugs-x-

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  6. Very good news indeed. He did look well today and is still cheeky!

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  7. Glad it's all good news for your hubby. Pills can cure one thing and cause something else can't they. Wonderful to get sensible advice x

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