It amazes me how simple diagnostic procedures are not thought of along the process of trying to unravel complicated conditions. And maybe, ignoring the simple, complicates the problem!
As in: Sweetie has COPD & emphazema. Yet it's taken a a PA, a physician, a cardiologist and finally a pulmonologist to LOOK DOWN his throat and say: "You've got an infection!"
An infection that likely has been ongoing for months!
Then he's giving a sputum sample tomorrow; having more blood tests and a sleep study.
And, he has three more meds.
So on we go.