Hi guys, going to have to be careful to not be asking medical advice here! Lol! Basically I've got a GP appt tommoz and I have about a million things to get through, and as its my first appt since going home for summer he is going to want to GP through how summer was, and new meds, and check my repeats are all right and stuff, my GP is great, and gives me all the time in the world, but I'm always concerned about how long I take! If I get out in half an hour I'm not too depressed!nso yeah, I find things go quicker if I've voiced them on here, and I sometimes find out a question is just not worth asking at all!
Firstly, I have ANOTHER chest infection, this time I'm really really feeling it and really struggling with the pain. Lots of shooting pains when I breathe and esp if I dare to cough. Currently I have paracetamol and up to 60mg of codeine. I never take codeine unless I'm desperate and always give 30mg a go first, and I'm trying taking paracetamol regularly, but I'm still not keeping on top of how uncomfortable I am, and I'm struggling to breathe properly, and so getting disproportionally breathless, and not getting much of the gunk out of my lungs without taking proper breaths OR being able to cough. I don't know much about painkiller options. Generally everyone seems to be too scared to give me NSAIDs, but in my mind everything else is really major, addictive painkillers, and whilst I only would want it for a few days while the abx kick in, it scares me a little! Any thoughts on this? Are there any other more 'minor' painkillers? And the scary ones actually that scary if only used for a few days? (I really have this image of essentially becoming a drug addict after about three days!!)
Secondly, this is about my 5th course of antibiotics in the last few months, and there is a possibility I will need another course from the GP tommoz (along side the amox I'm on for chest infection) so my poor old body is getting a bit of a battering. I'm normally ok, but have had really bad stomach aches and cramps etc. since I started the amox yesterday, maybe a coincidence but I wasn't sure if there was anything that was best to help with that? Are things like activia yogurts actually helpful? What about those weird bacteria tablets you can get from holland and barrets any good? Anything GP can do? Any other ideas from those who take a lot of abx?
While my lungs are so cross I'm finding that even using a spacer I sometimes cough as soon as I'm taking my ipatropium, does anyone know if immediately coughing voids that puff? Do I replace it or will some have gotten in?
Been out on phosphate and potassium thingies for two days by the hosp, is it a case of finish the two days and I'm guaranteed to be right again, or am I probably going to need a blood test to check my levels? Also does anyone know the symptoms of low potassium or phosphate? I'm hoping it increases infection risk or something by way of an explanation of the number I've had recently?
As I say, going to discuss these with GP tommoz but just like to know thoughts in advance to speed things along thanks team!!!