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21 January 2008 @ 09:27 am
Breathing is so so not overrated  
So I went to the doctor two weeks ago about my supposed sinus infection, and the man stated that I was definitely on the mend and that my lungs were clear. I’ve been hacking up mucus for four weeks today, without any sign of it slowing or stopping. Now, it’s getting kind of hard to breathe, and I’m not sure if that’s my asthma (my Albuterol doesn’t really seem to be working that much), or just all the phlegm coating my bronchial tubes. One thing’s for certain though, I have a distinct hate for all doctor’s at the moment (you know, except for “The Doctor,” *sigh*), and I really wish I could go home and go to bed, despite the fact that when I lay down it’s even harder to breathe.

My one friend says I should find another doctor. I’m not really sure. Maybe I’m overacting and this is just a really crappy, long-lingering cold. I'd hate to go to all the trouble of finding a new one, just to have them say the same thing? I hate trekking all the way down there and then feeling like a dumb ass because I’ve either made a miraculous (albeit temporary) recovery just for my appointment, or getting there and having them tell me I just have a virus and there isn’t anything they can do.

What do you guys think? Any medical people on my f-list?
Current Location: Work
Current Mood: sicksick
T'eyla: me MDt_eyla on January 21st, 2008 04:51 pm (UTC)
Ex-med student who sucked at it, but hey xD.

I think you should go to the doctor. I mean, you don't have to tell him/her that you already saw another doctor, and it does sound like more than a cold (or, if it is a cold, it's a fraking persistent one). If they tell you it's a virus and they can't do anything, well, it's not like you've lost anything. And it's their job. If this doctor diagnoses a bacterial infection, though, they can give you antibiotics which will hopefully make it go away. And the doctor shouldn't complain; after all, it's the patients that bring him the money (at least that's how it works over here, lol xD).
Vincelia Valentinevinceliav on January 22nd, 2008 06:23 am (UTC)
Here's a thought for ya. My uncle (a nurse) told me inhalers work better when your lungs are wet. Meaning, if possible, take a really hot steamy shower then use it. Or if you can't do that, he says drink a glass of water before so. Apparently the steam/moisture helps the medicine stick to your lungs, allowing it to help you more. I personally would keep going to the doctor (and possibly find a new one) are you having fevers at night? Or just plain feeling somewhat okay during the day and horrible at night? It could always be a case of pneumia. I know I had it for about 4 weeks the first time before my doctors caught it. I kept doing the same thing your doing by going back repeatedly, till finally they decided to x-ray my chest. And low and behold I had a really really bad case of it. The doctor said he was amazed at how well I looked on the outside, and how clear my lungs sounded for having such a bad case of it. So don't give up!
svanderslicesvanderslice on January 22nd, 2008 12:42 pm (UTC)
I'm not having any fevers, but I just can't breathe really well for most of the day, especially when I lay down. In the middle of the day I"m okay, not perfect, but okay.

Thanks for the advice about being wet when I try my inhaler. I'll give that a shot today.