Can I just say, for the record, that this really sucks. I'm glad I have only had the one cold, but this has really changed my life in ways that I don't appreciate one little bit. And my stress reduction plans, well, they haven't entirely gone as planned, but I can see that when I made drastic changes that I was actually anticipating my future much better than the NHS was.
Anyway, I'm going back to the doctor next week to see if they can give me some advice on how to actually manage this as a chronic condition, rather than just trying to bandaid it all of the time. I understand that maybe they can't make me well, but they could help me figure out how to live with it better than I am right now.