Hi, if anyone could help or advise I would appreciate it. I have Type 2 Diabetes and Rheumatoid and Osteo Arthritis and I had Pneumonia in January.. As part of my treatment all my RA drugs stopped and I have been on and off steroids and antibiotics ever since. I have had scans, sputum tests and xrays and apparently this bacteria has colonised in my lungs. I am currently on 9000 mg of Amoxicillin and am on the downward stretch of my most recent steroid currently at 6 mg per day. As usual I have had a few days respite and then coughing, shallow breathing due to the awful pain in my chest, but otherwise not too unwell. Except it feels as if I have someone sat on my chest it's so difficult to breathe. I am, after nearly 12 months, at the end of my tether. Pain is so bad now I don't know whether to phone NHS direct or just try to suppress it with pain killers????