I'm a 39 year old male non-smoker, non-drinker, marathon runner who has never had any surgeries or hospitilizations.
Always healthy until November 2007. I moved items in and out of a basement storage area of a very old apartment building, later discovering that the entire area contained airborne asbestos. An Industrial Hygienist confirmed chrysotile and amosite fibers were airborne at higher than safe levels. A day or two afterward, I felt like I had come down with the flu or a virus. The symptoms persist, and include:
Burning and tightness in chest
Irritated trachea/airway, often feels "dry," and "cold"
Exercise induced asthma
Always feel very tired
Mucous in back of throat, tastes like blood, sometimes contains blood
Doc visits to date: 2 different internal medicine doctors, 2 different ENTs, a pulmonologist, an occupational therapist, an allergist, and a gastroenterologist. And to date, I have no diagnosis, and my symptoms persist. I have visited the National Jewish once for an initial consult and some initial tests, and have my second appointment scheduled for October.
Tests to date: Many blood tests (all negative, with exception of IGE level being toward the high side of normal), Barium swallow (negative), full battery of allergy tests (most of which came back 4+, I'm very allergic to many things), asthma tests w/wo albuteral (positive for exercise induced asthma), many chest x-rays (positive for hyperinflated lungs), Sinus catscan (positive for some chronic damage).
During the last 7 months, I've tried sinus rinses, Protonix, Prevacid, Symbacort, 2 different antibiotics, Singulair, Allegra, several steroid injections, various different steroidal nasal sprays. None of these medications have provided ANY relief.
I'm at my wits end. This is having a profoundly negative impact on every aspect of my life.
What else can I, or should I do?