I’ve had shortness of breath, chest tightness and a cough for just over seven weeks. At first I was diagnosed with a viral upper respiratory tract infection and sent on my way with an inhaler (that doesn’t help). It got worse and then I was diagnosed with a bacterial chest infection and given a weeks worth of amoxicillin for it. By this time I was experiencing a temperature of 39.7... anyway the antibiotics cleared up the infection but I’m still left with a cough, chest tightness and breathlessness. This breathlessness and chest tightness can be present when I’m sitting relaxing or when I do anything; even something that takes minimal effort; like walking to the toilet from the sofa.
Now I’ve tried the inhaler and I’ve tried antihistamines and neither seem to do anything. I did have five days worth of steroids which seemed to help but now I’m back to where I started more or less. My GP sent me for a chest X-ray which was clear and they did an ECG which I assume was fine as it wasn’t mentioned at all. I suffer with iron deficiency anaemia (three years and counting), but I’m on iron supplements (ferrous sulphate) for that.
I’ve also found that my oxygen levels drop quite a bit when I move about; like to 83% instead of the normal 98% that I usually have...
So in short I’m at a loss as to what might be the problem. I have another appointment with my doctor this coming Thursday (19/7/18) so we shall see what they say. Until then I was wondering if anyone here has had a similar issue?
It’s really starting to affect me in life as doing anything that involves walking has become more difficult and I work in a care home; I work 12 hour shifts and I’ve been off sick for three weeks with this stuff already so... yes... any ideas or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.