Hi there I'm new here so this is probably going to be very long winded. A month ago I started coughing then it gradually got worse and I was waking up at night coughing (about 8 times) and was struggling to breathe and retching, I had a really bad pain in my ribs just under my breasts. I ended up at the docs who checked my lungs and she said they sounded clear, said it was acid reflux (which I do suffer with) and a possible chest infection and gave me amoxicillin and omperazole and off I went and she signed me off work and told me to come back the following Monday to see how I was doing.
By the Friday I was in so much pain it was hurting to breathe so I was back down the docs again who said he thought he could hear a slight crackle on my lungs, told me to go home and rest up. Went back for my check up with original doc, still suffering with the same symptoms but lungs were clear so she sent me for a chest x-ray and reluctantly (I felt) signed me off work again.
On the Thursday I was in so much chest pain it hurt to move let along breathe so my oh took me to the A&E. They did an ECG and looked at my chest x-ray and everything came back clear, lungs were clear but I still had the hacking cough and pain in ribs. So the doc gave me Doxycycline and Codeine. I phoned my docs the following week to get my sick certificate extended and was asked to come in re my chest x-ray.
I finally feel that someone is taking me seriously, he said the x-ray was clear but I could have Bronchiectasis caused by the acid reflux and I've possibly inhaled small particles of food/acid into my lungs from the reflux. He is sending me for a CT scan which I think he said could take 3-6 months. My worry is how long this is going to take before I feel well enough to go back to work. I'm still in a lot of chest pain which has now extended to my armpit (which I'm guessing are my glands trying to fight off any infection) I'm not coughing so much at night now and it is now a dry cough (nothing comes up), during the day I am still dry coughing but I am now clearing green phlegm from my throat. The acid reflux fortunately seems to be under control. I have quite a physical job and have been off work now coming up for a month and there doesn't appear to be any light at the end of the tunnel and I am starting to panic that I'm going to be sat at home for evermore and end up losing my job. How long do the antibiotics take to start showing an improvement ? Is there anything I can do to help myself ? And most importantly does this sound like Bronchiectasis because I'd never heard of it until last week ?