I'm a 69-year-old woman, diagnosed with "mild bronchiectasis" about 18 months ago. Three and a half weeks ago, I had my final lung function test, which was above normal, and was discharged by my consultant. Ironically, the very next day I became ill and rapidly developed a bad cough. My GP told me to start doxycycline right away., which I did. By the time I finished the course I was no better, so he gave me another week of doxy and a week's worth of carbocisteine. I was starting to feel much better, and the cough was calming, but two or three days after finishing the meds, the cough came back with a vengeance and is now worse than ever. Two days ago I went back to the GP, who switched me to Clarithromycin and gave me another supply of carbocisteine, but seemed stumped by what to do if these didn't help. I'm coughing more and harder than ever - my back muscles are very sore, my pelvic floor is useless, and some of the coughing spells are so bad that I almost pass out, or am almost sick. I'm going to check in with the GP again, because I am at my wit's end and can't go on like this. The cough is mainly dry and hacking, but I do get rumbles of mucus occasionally and bring up very small amounts. Can anyone suggest anything that might help, that I can ask my GP for? I no longer feel ill, and don't have a fever as I did the first week - I'm just completely exhausted from coughing so much. Thanks in advance for any advice!
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