Last week I had a check up with the nurse at the COPD clinic to see how I was getting on with the changeover from Ventolin to Spiriva. Because I was still getting chest discomfort if I used the Ventolin (the pressurised one) she changed it to the handihaler dry powder type in case it was the propellant causing the discomfort. She also asked me to do a sample of mucous in case there was any infection. I said I didn't have a chest infection (know it all aren't I), or certainly no symptoms of one, I wasn't producing any more mucous than normal (which isn't very much but some days more than others) and it was the same colour as normal when I can actually cough it up and see it. She said she'd still like to test it and I said well don't hold your breath (ha ha) because I really do have great difficulty in coughing any up.
Anyway, I did manage to produce a sample in the little bottle a couple of days later so left it at the surgery last Wednesday afternoon to be sent off to the hospital for testing the next day.
I had another appointment yesterday to see if the Ventolin handihaler was any better than the pressurised type and I was told the test result wasn't yet back. I told her no problem, the mucous was the normal colour and I didn't feel as though anything was wrong other than I was still having this chest discomfort. She made an appointment for me to see a GP (in three weeks time!) to see about changing the Ventolin to Bricanyl in case it's the Ventolin causing the discomfort, and also to discuss whether it could be the lazy/possibly blocked heart valve the cardiologist discovered when I originally had all my tests but dismissed it as being low risk.
So today I had a phone call from the surgery telling me the test result is back and I have an infection and they've sent a prescription to the pharmacy for Amoxycillin for me to pick up this afternoon.
So apparently I've got my first chest infection since being diagnosed in March. No symptoms such as a cough/cold or anything else. I'm just wondering if this discomfort I'm feeling in my chest (sort of like an indigestion type thing or a weight on my chest) is caused by the infection. I'm still very new to all this and still learning. I can't remember when it started but it must have been pretty soon after starting the Ventolin following diagnosis so I'm guessing sometime in April. Ah well, seven days' worth of Amoxycillin and it will be interesting to see if the discomfort disappears and was due to the infection after all.