I have been asthmatic since the age of 5 (now 71) then diagnosis of COPD about 10 years ago. Get lots of chest infections in the winter, occasionally means hospital stay. However, this latest infection is different. Started about 12 days ago, I used my 'emergency pack' Amoxicillin and a course of prednisolone. After 4 days no improvement, started coughing up, so went to the doc. She prescribed a different antibiotic, Doxycycline. Three days later, still wheezing very badly, still coughing. She had said to go back if no improvement, so I tried to ring on Saturday and was transferred to 111, eventually spoke to a doc, who said I should be seen and made an appointment a our local health centre for me. OK, another doc, v.young lady, excellent, changed antibiotics and prescribed more prednisolone, higher dose. Have now had two doses of the preds, and 3 antibiotics. Breathing not improved. What I can't understand is that this seems different from other chest infections which usually improve with preds and antibiotics, my wheeze is noisy, which it isn't usually, and most surprising of all, I can still blow 150 on the peak flow - this is my usual score. I can speak in full sentences - which you can't usually during an attack. I keep feeling panic, pretty scared a the moment. What is going on and what should I do now?? HELP!! ANY ideas much appreciated people!
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