Okay, an update on Friday's GP appt. Sorry to take so long, been dealing with various family 'stuff'.
It went pretty well, he said there's nothing sinister on the x-ray re my lungs, which is why the chest x-ray was done originally and he's not concerned about the unfolded aorta. Re my chol being 6.1 he said that was a little high & OH who was there with me said he thought he was about to mention statins but I launched in & distracted him by talking non-stop so he didn't
I've tried this tactic before & sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't, depends on how stressed they are from previous patients.
As the x-ray was done because of this BP meds cough he suggested he double my Omeprazole to 40mg a day to see if that helps
told him I would like to come off the Omep so that wouldn't be very helpful. In the end I agreed to switch to Lansoprazole @ 30mg a day to see if the cough goes away. Not happy about this as I want to be able to stop taking PPI's but he's not completely mad as when I googled what do the various colours of phlegm mean over Xmas when my cough was the worst it's ever been (other than with a chest infection) it said white phlegm (which was the only colour I coughed up and not very often at that) is to do with acid reflex
Sorry if that's TMI
I also asked about the blood test for Helicobacter (the only test where you don't have to stop the PPI for 2 weeks beforehand) and he said it's not available on the NHS, no surprises there, I mean why have a simple blood test when you can have a whole team of people do an endoscopy and torture the patient at the same time by stopping their PPI for 2 weeks beforehand
Anyhoo a fairly successful appt, going for my A1c & chol breakdown tomorrow which will be nice to have but not expecting the results to be very good as my BG's were manic for the month I was ill over Xmas. Feel like it's one step forward & 3 back this D thing.