For the past three months I have suffered from reoccurring upper respiratory tract infection. After four courses of antibiotics I am still bringing up mucus and have fluid in my ears. My G.P has now referred me back to my C.L.L Specialist. I have been on W&W for the past ten years and am told my spleen is enlarged. Have had a C.T scan and am awaiting results.Any comments would be appreciated.
CLL with upper respiratory infection - CLL Support
Excellent suggestion. My wife started with IgG infusions after a 9-day hospitalization due to pneumonia in 2018. She gets the infusions every other month and, so far, has not had any issues.
She started Venetoclax plus Obinutuzumab 2 months ago, after almost six years in WW. Side effects have been neutropenia and low platelets, which are being managed.
The referral to the CLL specialist will likely include a blood lab CBC w/auto differential.
As gardening-girl mentioned, the IgG may reveal some important clues regarding your immune capability, however, IgG is not standard on a Complete Blood Count and auto diff is at the discretion of the physician.
Considering that you are 10 years Watch and Wait, it would be reasonable to to request IgG, IgA,IgM and the differential calculation prior to your visit with the CLL specialist. The additional cost should be minimal, and your doctor would then have the appropriate measure to discuss the aspect of your immune system with you.
I’ve had exactly the same thing, from mid summer cough through to sinus and ear issues.
Neither cough, sinus or ear problems are resolved.
Lost hearing in both ears simultaneously for about 2 weeks just before Christmas and still have loud tinnitus and rushing of blood sounds in my head!
tried two lots of antibiotics, 2nd lot was amoxicillin for 2 weeks.
Strangely my nasal pathways have been completely clear through all of this.
Feel like I’m improving but still not right.
Seeing my GP this week and will ask for referral to ENT
Hope you get sorted soon