Just a query really. Went on family holiday and one of the son in laws had a very bad throat, which went onto his chest but couldn't avoid him completely as we were all on holiday together. Since returning home, husband has been quite poorly with very sore throat, bad chest, bad cold. I' ve been trying to avoid him too! I'm on 19 mg of Pred (has just taken me 6 weeks to reduce down from 20 mg after being stuck on 20/19 mg now for a year) and Lefludomide.
I rang the doctors and explained situation as coming up for weekend and I was developing a very sore throat and tightness in my chest and I asked for a prescription for antibiotics to only use only in an emergency if I felt my symptoms were getting worse. I just got a message via the receptionist that this request was refused. I was told that if I had an infection then I was to go to the surgery( you can never get an appointment!) and then antibiotics may or may not be given. Last time I went with an chest infection they were refused.
At the moment I have a very tight chest and a productive cough with yellowish phelym and a sore throat. I understand the dilemma of doctors over prescribing antibiotics but also I am a bit concerned about the fact that I am on Pred and the Lefludomide and I certainly don't want to risk a flare and have to raise the Pred. What I find when I go to the GP is that the chest infection is looked at in isolation and if not serious enough I'm told to go home and do all the things I'm doing anyway- resting, honey and lemon drinks, plenty of fluids, paracetamol, gargling with salt water for throat. They don't seem to get the fact that the steroids can sometimes mask what's going on and the problem of the infection for me is not the infection per se but the effect it has on the inflammation level and consequent effect on GCA/PMR symptoms. Unsure really whether to just carry on or go to see the GP tomorrow if symptoms don't improve but have a suspicion I will just get fobbed off again. I know that often they say that the infection is just viral and will clear up of its own accord but I also know on these two drugs it's better to catch these things early. What do folks think?