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Chest infection and bad asthma

I just need to let off steam by having a little moan.

I have a very nasty chest infection which is causing bad asthma I have throbbing ribs probably due to me coughing so much, I have not been able to sleep for 6 nights now. I am on antibiotics for the chest infection and all my asthma meds have been increased where possible, I am using paracetamol for pain relief.

My coughing sessions last anything from 30 minutes to 1 hour sometimes longer where I am coughing nasty stuff up, when I sit up throbbing ribs, try to move from room to room I get very breathless and then start coughing again when I try to lie down throbbing ribs and breathless again.

I am so fed up and exhausted

Thanks for reading this and sorry to moan.

4 Replies

Hope you are feeling better soon lots of love and hugs

Amy xxx


Hope you feel better soon.Im the same and worn out xxx


Yes it's exhausting and awful when u can't sleep. Have u tried Pholcodine for the cough? we find it helps. Also I sit up against 6 - 8 pillows in bed because I can't lie down. I find it helps my sore back. Hope things improve for you soon.



i dont find that paracetamol does much for me in the way of pain control, codeine?

also, as the others said, i find it helps TRYING to get rest as sleep is nay on IMPOSSIBle ini, by sitting almost upright against plenty pillows in a room with bowl of water ontop of a heater (moistens the air in the room!)

plenty fluids :)

after having this bloody chest inf for 12 days now i shud be pro! haha argh! worn out is not the word!!


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