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Fed up and frustrated

Hi All ,

Not been on here for a little while but have been reading the posts . I don’t know what to do . I had a few problems last year resulting in pneumonia at Xmas . I had augmenting 625mg for a week . My last X-ray the end of jan was clear - but I still feel awful , my chest is tight at times and it feels uncomfortable- weird even , I feel tired , I went back to work but can only do about 30hrs instead of my usual 40 , I cough up yellow/green mucus when it does come up . I can’t exercise at all , I have a dry cough and my voice is hoarse. My ENT surgeon thinks I maybe asthmatic. I’m waiting for a chest clinic appt - the waiting time here is months . I’ve been back to the doctors numerous times and I’m fed up with feeling ill . I’m thinking of getting antibiotics off the internet or maybe asking to go private . I would welcome any advice as I’m rock bottom. Thank you for reading xx

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Hi Lesley, The waiting is the worst part. When you get seen I'm sure you'll get some answers. As to antibiotics from the internet? I wouldn't. Different antibiotics are better for clearing different bugs. I personally would prefer to give my doctor another visit, with a sputum sample for testing, because then I'd be given a suitable antibiotic. Why not ring BLF help line for advice? I do hope you get your answers soon xx

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I went to my doctor this week , all he said was my chest was clear and to wait for the chest clinic appt . I can’t get anything up off my chest - not enough for a sample - I just see bits when I cough in a tissue . I might ring big for advice though thank you xx

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Sympathy, i know what it's like getting over pneu

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Hi Lesley, Sympathy, because i know how hard it is to get over pnuemonia. I wonder whether you went back to work a bit too early? Wouldn't buy any Meds off the internet though. You really don't no what your getting.

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It’s doing my head in - is 2 months too early to expect to be improving?

I was only going to buy what I’d had before as they did the job .

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I also know what it's like and hope you soon feel better.pneumonia really saps your energy.Give it a bit of time and hopefully you may feel better.I have been where users are and I traded the internet for antibiotics but it's not always easy to get the right ones on there.Try gp againain before you do that but I can understand how you feel.Love Sandyb x

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You’re telling me it does . I know it’s not always the best to buy antibiotics yourself but my practice is reluctant to give them out - half the reason why I ended up this way in the first place . I really don’t want to go back to the GP now as I feel like a nuisance xx

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My gp is exactly the same and I've traded the internet myself so I sympathise.Do let me know how useful get on.Love Sandy bx

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I think 2 Months probably is a bit soon to expect to feel completely well. Take it easy I'd say. N as Sandy said go back to GP. Maybe buy some Tonic with Multivitamins. I think by Summer you will be feeling much better. We,ve had a lousy,long, Winter and the air is so heavy. My breathings been so laboured. If i just pop around to the Shops its such hard work i have to have a lie down after. N this can't help someone recovering from Pnuemonia. Don't expect. To much of yourself. Google luck with it. 😊🌻D.

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Maybe I’m expecting too much then .

I do try and take it easy but I’ve got a physical job and I normally work full time so can’t be on the sick as £400 a month just doesn’t cut it ! I’m working 30 hrs a week and not doing much else . I’m also taking everything I can shove down my neck too . It’s so frustrating! The winter has been horrible I agree and this week really got me lungs wise and I can definitely understand having a lie down when needed as I’ve been doing the same !

A lot of folks on here are having similar hard times x

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Yes, your right they are. And sort of glad my working years are behind me. 30 Hours us plenty n your right to relax the rest of the time. I have COPD as well as Chronic asthma and lung damage, so mine won't get better. But still, people have worse. Hopefully yours will get better. I wish you well. 😊

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Thank you and hope you stay well too and thanks for chatting 😊😉

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