Hi there, haven't been on here for a while but I wondered if I could have some advice or probably more of a rant!?
Last month I had a chest infection from which I had recovered.
This month I started with terrible joint pains, a fever, chills and sweats and a chesty cough.(much different to last infection) After 3 days I saw the gp who said I had another chest infection, and gave me antibiotics. This time my peak flow dropped to around 350 from 570. Again I took the antibiotics, doubled my preventer and used ventolin as necessary which was quite frequently. After 6 days of antibiotic I returned to the gp as I felt no better, 9 days now of the symptoms. He said this was obviously a more severe infection so changed my antibiotic and gave me oral steroids. I've now had 4 days of this new medication and whilst the other symptoms have gone, I'm left with the chesty cough and reduced peak flow. I can't lay on my back or my left side as I feel as though I'm drowning, even at rest I can hear my lungs popping, wheezing and gurgling and even short journeys have me out of breath. Will the cough take longer to go? Should I wait until I've taken all of the antibiotics before going back to the gp? Am I really going to get infections this frequently?!
Sorry it's a bit of an essay! Thank you in advance.