Hello everyone, haven't posted here in AGES!!! Hope everyone is as well as can be.......
I have a question, as usual.
Since I was last in hossy (January), with pneumonia, I have had chronic mucous. I have to cough it up at least 20 times a day, maybe more, in order to clear my chest. The mucous is greenish-yellow, and at times it has orangey flecks. If I don't cough it up, I wheeze, and am short of breath. Once I have coughed it up, my chest feels easier. My asthma, I should say, is currently well controlled, healthy peak flow etc.
Now, I told my respiratory consultant about this months ago, but he wasn't terribly interested, and said he didn't see the point in testing a sputum sample. I saw him again today and told him again that this was troubling me. I asked him if it was possible to have a chronic, low-grade lung infection - he said that it was, but it would be ""highly unusual"".
I had a blood test recently (at the GP's), and my white cell count is high, which the GP said could be suggestive of an infection.
My respiratory consultant agreed today (after some persuasion), to test my sputum. I gave a sample, and he has asked me to phone his secretary in a week for the results.
And so, after all that, to my question - has anyone ever had this kind of problem with chronic green mucous that you have to cough up constantly in order to be comfortable, or been diagnosed as having a low grade, chronic lung infection? What would the treatment be? I should say that I feel pretty rotten - I am tired all the time, and just feel generally yuk. I don't have a temperature though, not that I have noticed anyway.....
Sorry for the ramble. Is this ringing any bells with anyone?
(PS Thanks in advance for replies)