chest infections: Hello guys, just... - British Lung Foun...

British Lung Foundation

46,183 members54,493 posts

chest infections

James48
James48

Hello guys, just wondering out of interest, how many chest infections people get in a typical year.

I have severe COPD. I was on a rehab course last year and people said they generally only had 1 or 2 infections a year,

I have been getting continual infections since November 2011 and will be having a CT scan soon. Some infections go on for weeks. I get prescribed antibiotics, it clears up and another one comes along within a week to 10 days.

Thanks

38 Replies
oldestnewest
Hidden
Hidden

Hi, Think You Will Find .... Colds Then Chest Infections Are Going To Be Part Of Life From Now On .... Depends What Degree Of COPD You Have

If Your A Smoker That Won't Help .... And Kids The Little Girms Don't Help Too

But Yes I Have Had Chest Infection And When It Not That Its A Cold .... But I Would Prefer A Cold As My Breathing Is Not As Bad With Them

Cheers All The Best Hope That Helps :)

James48
James48 in reply to Hidden

cheers mate, i don't smoke, no kids around but thanks anyway! :)

Hello sirjames

I get approximately 8/9 infections a year, and I have mild to moderate COPD. Sometimes they last for a few weeks, and I have to take steroids as well as antibiotics, and sometimes they clear up after the first course of antibiotics. I've learnt to try to catch them quickly so that they don't get a hold. Oh, and also to not overdo things when I'm on the mend. It's so easy to think you're better and then do too much to compensate for when you're unwell. It sounds to me as if you might be getting a bit of a resistance to the antibiotics, but that's just a guess as obviously I'm no medical expert.

James48
James48 in reply to Squidgeum

thanks for the reply and interesting you get many infections too. I like not give in to them and still go the gym even with infection lol :)

Hidden
Hidden

I have a severe COPD diagnosis and luckily my exacerbations happen about once a year.

I used to get a 'chest infection' every onset of winter. GPs would treat with antibiotics. To cut a long story short, my problems were more responsive to oral steroids than antibiotics.

James48
James48 in reply to Hidden

thank you - I'll remember that when seeing specialist :)

Hidden
Hidden

Honestly, I have lost count and I dont even have COPD - just bronchiectasis. The respiratory nurse phoned me today with view to a referral to a consultant. I have been on the go all winter with chest infections. Usually worse in the summer but now bad in the winter.

what is bothering me is that my husband has just commenced chemo., which lowers the immune system. Necessary that something has to be done.

James48
James48 in reply to Hidden

sorry to read your situation which sounds worse than mine.:)

cofdrop-UK
cofdrop-UK in reply to Hidden

Annie I've noticed you sometimes say 'just bronchiectasis' hun and I don't understand why. I am also surprised you are not already under the care of a respiratory consultant. You might want to check you get referred to a consultant who has a special interest in cf/bronchiectasis, more important than ever now with your hubby.

Good luck with your referral.

Love cx

Hidden
Hidden

Helo, I have very severe COPD and do not generally get chest infections at all. I have no mucous unless I have a cold and don't cough much either. Just goes to show how different we all are. :)

scrobbitty
scrobbitty in reply to Hidden

Hi, same as auntymary in all respects but did get a chest infection every month for twelve months up until October last year; since then just one. What's changed? Not much except eating better and keeping weight constant (albeit very low) and having a Multibionica fizzy orange every day.

James48
James48 in reply to Hidden

you sound very lucky!

James48
James48 in reply to James48

forgot the smile :)

scrobbitty
scrobbitty in reply to James48

Golden Rule No 1 - NEVER forget to smile ! :) :)

James48
James48 in reply to scrobbitty

Golden rule No 2. NEVER remind anyone about smiling lol:)

scrobbitty
scrobbitty in reply to James48

Hahahahahaha ! :)

James48
James48 in reply to scrobbitty

:) :):) and one for the weekend :)!!

scrobbitty
scrobbitty in reply to James48

I shall add it to my collection and practice whilst quaffing me Orange Baileys :)

James48
James48 in reply to scrobbitty

Carry on quaffing - is it legal in Dorset lol! :)

scrobbitty
scrobbitty in reply to James48

I hope not - wouldn't be half as much fun! :)

thank you. interesting and you're so right - we are all so different :)

Hi sirjames I had none at all last year but two the year before that. Looks like I have been pretty lucky compared to some. Bob

James48
James48 in reply to phillips1

Hi Bob, It seems you sure are lucky - I hope I get a dose of luck soon :)

Like auntymary. I am moderate and have had one chest infection in the last 25 years or so.

Rarely get a cold either. I do eat healthily and I exercise, but there must be ore to it. People on here get worse than me with a less severe level. I don't understand.

Lynne xx

James48
James48 in reply to Lynne1955

Blimey - there must be a lot more to it- I eat well and 75mins aerobic and cardio exercise at the gym 4 times week. :)

I am severe, but infections are constant, almost one every month. This year particularly bad, but have been off antibiotics now for one whole week....touch wood...so here's hoping I get a break. My new toy is a flutter pipe, so hoping it will help. Yes I exercise to the best of my ability,and try to do everything to help myself. :)

James48
James48 in reply to ingy

Thanks ingy and I hope the flutter pipe works for you and you get some time off infections. We're such a mixed bag on here, all struggling along one way or another :)

Hi sirjames

I had strep pneumoniai in Oct 2011 and from Dec 2011 like you I have had constant infections. The bugs when cultured have always been haemophilus influenzae, which my consultant thinks I am colonised with and which has now become resistant to amoxil and augmentin. Cons tried Rafimpacin along with Doxy and I had horrid side effects. Reckons home IV's might be next step. I don't have copd but have bronchiectasis and asthma.

I wondered if you have put in a sample for culture before starting antibiotics during any of the infections. Really glad for you your cons has arranged a ct scan. Hope the bugs take a holiday somewhere else and give you a break.

love cx

Thanks cofdrop. I have bronchitis/emphysema. I always put a sample in and am prescribed antibiotics, but most bronchitis infections are viral, so antibiotics have no effect. I understand a secondary bacterial infection might develop and so the antibiotics will work in that instance.

I have not had any tests since diagnosis 8 years ago, so it will be interesting to see where I am after tests and scan. I hope your situation improves :)

A couple of years ago I was have continuous infections until my consultant put me on Azithromycin 3 times a week and touch wood been much better.

Hope you get it sorted soon.

polly xx

Thanks Polly, I hope I get offered similar after my tests. When you say you have been much better - do you get much less infection now? :)

cofdrop-UK
cofdrop-UK in reply to James48

Good point polly - I know lots of bronchiectatics who find prophilactic abs very beneficial - in the main Azith 3 times like Polly - they report fewer infections. Unfortunately I don't tolerate Azith - wish I did.

love cx

Like you I get back to back infections, take a course of anti biotics, improve, wait three days, and off it goes again.

I do have a pseudomonas bacteria that has taken up residence in my lungs, tough little so and so's that can't be cleared. The hospitals are trying to find a combination of A/Bs to keep it under control. Might be worth asking next time you have to take a sputum sample if they could check if you have it too. It has to do with lowering your immune system as it tries to fight the pseudomonas

Thanks Moneal. Yes I had Pseudomonas last summer that took 2 months to clear. I will ask if I have it again. I hope they find a combination that will work for you. I'll be interested to hear how you get on, all the best,

Jim :)

i get one about every 4 months it seems take all my meds and always get the flu jab when i was still working and un diagnosed it was every other month eing in contact with lots of people puts u at risk

James48
James48 in reply to als1uk

Flu jab good - so hard to avoid infections :)

Hidden
Hidden

I can get about 5 or 6 a year

James48
James48 in reply to Hidden

Thanks for the reply - it's too many isn't it? my 'normal' ones last about 2 weeks and others can go on for weeks, all of it seems like it's one big infection lol!1

:)

You may also like...