Hi all, I'm new to this and waiting to see an athma nurse at my local hospital to confirm my diagnosis. I started working for the NHS 15 months ago on a resiratory ward!!! At first I thought I was just catching chest infections or conming out in sympathy with the patients. This year I have had 4 chest infections and dr said it was bronchitis was given antibiotics and started to feel better but I have had a persistant cough for over 6 months with phlegm and i'm a non-smoker. 2 weeks ago I had to go to a&e as I was struggling to breathe very wheezy & my chest was tight the dr thought it was pneumonia or a pe? I had 2 chest x-rays and they where both clear. I was sent away with a peak flow monitor a salbutamol inhaler and a course of prednisole steroids. I had to take time off work just over 2 weeks as i had no energy. My symptons since then have still been the hacking dry cough with phlegm, headaches and just so tired all the time. I went back to work 2 weeks ago and was put on a stage 1 as i have 2 episodes of sickness in the last 6 months. I am now worried about losing my job as today I woke up and feel awful i feel hot & shivery I have a tickling/irritation inside my nose my cough is worse and my chest is really tight just want to curl up in bed but can't due to family.
Thanks for reading and was just after some advice on where I stand with my employer and how you mange your own symptons.