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KitchenWitch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 01:12 AM
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Has anyone else been battling an upper respiratory thing for over a month?
I am not seeking medical advice, just wondering if I am going crazy.
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rcrush Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 01:14 AM
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1. I've been congested as hell for at least 3 weeks
Claritin D works great but I have been going through it like reeses pieces.
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KitchenWitch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 01:15 AM
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2. Nothing is working
I have done a round of antibiotics, a round of steroids, Mucinex, Robitussin DM and the kitchen sink.

x(
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Liberal_in_LA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 10:38 AM
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40. time was the only thing that worked for me.
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kentauros Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 01:52 PM
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46. Time and sleeping... a lot!
I took a day off last Monday and spent most of that whole weekened in bed, asleep. It really helped considerably, so if you can get a couple of days in a row sleeping twelve hours or so, try it. I was amazed at how well it worked. I still have the cold but the severity of it is gone :D
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emilyg Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 01:20 AM
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3. I did the whole month of December. Got
better and then it came back. You're not going crazy.
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NJmaverick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 10:05 AM
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27. I had the exact same thing, only I started a couple of weeks earlier
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Liberal_in_LA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 10:37 AM
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39. It made me hack when i laid flat. Hated it. Had to get out of bed at night and sit up.
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Tom Kitten Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 01:20 AM
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4. Not respiratory but my body just aches...
...especially my back when I get up in the morning...oftentimes I feel better when I turn in...Could it be sciatica overwhelming me and becoming something worse?
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elleng Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 01:38 AM
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9. Sciatica is pretty particularized;
there's this nerve. And I wouldn't call any of that pain 'aches,' its pretty sharp.
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Tom Kitten Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 01:45 AM
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10. it makes me not want to get out of bed in the morning
like a back spasm when I would lift and twist wrong and be laid up a few days...only I don't lift and twist anything heavy these days...because my back hurts!
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elleng Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 02:11 AM
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15. Exactly, a back spasm.
Lifting and twisting wrong will do it. DON'T PLAY GOLF!!!

Exercises really help; I've got the condition, but rarely have symptoms.

See 'exercises for sciatica sufferers' here:

http://www.thedietchannel.com/Sciatica-Treatment-Exerci...

Good Luck!
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Tom Kitten Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 02:19 AM
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18. thanks!
I will check this out because I was not kidding! Thanks again!
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yellowdogintexas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 10:02 AM
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26. and rest flat on your back with your knees supported by pillows. That really
helps.

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Lyric Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 10:40 AM
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41. Unless you happen to be obese, especially in the abdominal area
in which case resting flat on your back can actually make it worse. In that case, resting on your side with a pillow between your knees is the best thing.

:hi:
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InternalDialogue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 01:22 AM
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5. I and most of my block did it in November-December.
My brother and his family in New Mexico as well. A couple of my neighbors and my brother got antibiotics (he also got a steroid inhaler) but I gutted it out. For me it wasn't horribly nasty, just persistent. Took a long time for that cough and congestion to clear out.

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amitten Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 01:24 AM
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6. The whole world had that crap this year.
Seriously. Everyone I know had it, including friends overseas.

W.T.F.?!?
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KitchenWitch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 01:32 AM
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7. It is getting really old.
What makes it worse is that I am immune compromised as a long term effect of cancer treatments, plus I have asthma.

:banghead:
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XemaSab Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 01:35 AM
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8. Not a month
but I have had a NASTY cough for a little over a week.

Like, wondering if my eyeballs were going to pop out nasty. Seriously. x(
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Suich Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 01:48 AM
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11. I thought it was because I was smoking too much...
I haven't done anything for it except Theraflu once in a while.

Had no idea anyone else was having problems. I never even thought to ask!

So, if you're not going crazy, that must mean I'm not either!!!

:toast:
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KitchenWitch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 01:52 AM
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12. I can't imagine how I would be feeling if I still smoked.
:yoiks:
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WCGreen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 02:07 AM
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13. I had two infections in my toothal area that traveled right on down
into my lung area. Well, I haven't been able to shake that crud out of my lungs since before Christmas...

Had a root canal and a cap done durring that same time...

Merry fucking Christmas..
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ThomCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 02:08 AM
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14. I wish lounge hugs could clean out your lungs.
:(

I get sympathy shivers and weakness just thinking about what it was like recovering from pneumonia.
:hug:

I hope you are not pushing yourself to hard and exhausting yourself every day. But at the same time, I hope you are pushing yourself hard enough to be out there living your life so that this isn't holding you back.

I hope this is improving a bit every day. I just wish it was improving a bit faster every day.

:loveya:
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KitchenWitch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 02:16 AM
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16. Thank you.
I really am not doing a whole lot, because I have no stamina. I am thinking I will be in Urgent care yet again for this thing.
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InternalDialogue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 02:18 AM
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17. Thom, you're up awfully late.
Or is it early?

Just looking to pass time, feeling OK?

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ThomCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 02:21 AM
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20. Up late. Insomnia because of the pain.
Today has been very painful. :(

Hopefully tomorrow will be a much better day. :)
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InternalDialogue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 02:23 AM
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21. I'm sorry to hear it.
Hope the sleep comes for you and leaves you better tomorrow.

:hug:

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Jamastiene Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 02:19 AM
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19. My breath keeps catching.
It's like I can't breathe then all of a sudden a couple of really deep breaths happen on their own. It's painful as hell. Then, I go back to just being way too congested. My aunt is going through the same thing with too much congestion, but she's doing more sneezing and not having the catch thing happen.
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Giant Robot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 07:52 AM
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22. A month and a half actually
Started first week in December. Then lead to an ear infection. Now I am on the cycle of get better for three days then it comes right back. I am now taking the hardcore antibiotics, you know, the stuff that treats anthrax. to see if that kills whatever is in my system. I am wishing you luck with whatever the fuck this is, cause I sure haven't had it.
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TZ Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 08:00 AM
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23. I know BeachBaby was sick with that for awhile
I talk to her alot and she had some AWFUL coughing issues....
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yellowdogintexas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 10:00 AM
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24. my daughter is in week four ...I think her asthma has been stirred up
I hope she goes to the nurse practitioner clinic today like she said she would
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NJmaverick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 10:02 AM
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25. I was sick for 5 weeks from November into the beginning of Dec
then after a few good weeks, I was sick for another 2 weeks plus
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KitchenWitch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 08:06 PM
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52. That is about how this one is going with me...
It is really frustrating.
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KakistocracyHater Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 08:20 PM
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53. wash all your bedding, soak your toothebrush in rubbing alcohol
there is an over the counter nasal spray "4-Way" that has reduced nasal swelling, I use this now instead of those "Breathe Right" nasal strips, they just literally open your nostrils more. There are prescription-strength antihistamines, I haven't gotten to a doctor yet, maybe it would work for you. Hope you get better, my Mom is also a cancer-survivor & she just came down with it, she's got a horrible 'wet cough' now, & aches & pains.
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lizziegrace Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 10:08 AM
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28. Two sinus infections in two months
The only reason my lungs aren't as involved is due to prednisone. I've been taking it to keep the swelling down in my lungs. I have to wear a mask to vacuum or dust. I've even had to sleep with a mask on to cut down on wheezing. My lungs are making a serious attempt to kill me here. x(
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dolo amber Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 10:13 AM
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29. When you get to month 2 1/2+ then we'll talk
I'm FINALLY over it but ffs I was pretty sure that was just the way I was gonna be forever there for a while. x(

Just gotta ride it out, I'm 'fraid. :( :hug:
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Whoa_Nelly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 10:17 AM
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30. Raising hand
Started before Christmas as a sneezy coughing basic feel-like-crap cold , went into being a raw painful throat, then upper respiratory, then turned into a sinus and ear infection. Went on Amoxiciilin for 10 days, felt better, except one Eustachian tube remained blocked. The upper respiratory nastiness returned, the sinus infection started up again, the coughing took over again. Went to doc on Thursday. Am now on Zithromax, taking Tessalon Perles for the cough and using saline nose spray to relieve sinus pressure. The Zyth is kicking this thing's infectious ass, the Tessalon works, and the Eustachian tube has finally unblocked.



You are all kinds of crazy in good ways, KW, but not crazy about this stupid virus that wants to hang out for weeks and cause lots of secondary bacterial infections.

Am personally fed up with this being sick for weeks BS. Teaching and having to talk for hours all day hasn't helped. It makes me cough more, and my stomach is not appreciating the cough drops to soothe the throat and temporarily relive the hacking.



Hope you get better soon, KW! :hug:




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femmocrat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 10:25 AM
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34. Yes, it hurts to talk.
I have a bell that I ring to get their attention, but then they start talking again. Grr! And I'm so grouchy... and sound like a frog. The little ones are probably scared to death of me.

I take a thermos of hot tea, which helps somewhat... except for being so far from the restroom!

You have been through quite a bout of the nasties. Hope you feel better soon, too! :hi: (no hugs, I'm contagious)

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Whoa_Nelly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 10:57 AM
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43. Teaching teens here (SpEd)
and my 9th grade Geography class is especially noisy and rude. Eight hours of talking sucks. If ringing a bell would help, would use it, but have too many immature teens that would probably steal it. On any given day have 3-5 kids who are in danger of or do get kicked out for bad behavior choices. Several of these kids are already in gangs, and am hoping with the repeated offenses, they will be removed to another school site that deals with the more hard core type kids. In fact, one of them, after several arrests on campus, was expelled this week.

Took one day off when I started the Amoxicillin because of needed quiet and rest for body, throat, head and soul.

Am drinking a lot of water, which helps some.


Sounds like you need more than a weekend of not talking to get better :hug:

Hope you can take some time off. I know I always hate to do that because every day off is two or more days of undoing the chaos from a sub teacher being present. Why do subs ignore explicit instructions, including where to put class materials when the day is done so I can pick up where things were left off? That makes me more grouchy than badly behaving kids :grr:
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Liberal_in_LA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 10:17 AM
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31. That chest thing went around LA in November I think. Good luck with it! Glad I'm over it.
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femmocrat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 10:20 AM
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32. Yes! It went away and came back.
I had the head cold from hell for three weeks in December. I pretty much recovered over Christmas break. Then I went back to school and now have a rotten chest cold.

I feel like crap.... I'm cold, ache all over, I can hear myself breathing (seriously!), and I'm coughing up disgusting glop.

Bleah. I know I need an antibiotic. I'm going to call on Monday, even though my family dr. is out of town. I refuse to go to the emergency room and sit there for six hours. This sux.

Sending all fellow sickies healing vibes (but no hugs, too contagious!)

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graywarrior Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 10:21 AM
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33. I am.
Edited on Sat Jan-24-09 10:21 AM by graywarrior
It's my pellet stove and oil heating system. Drives me insane.
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underpants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 10:28 AM
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35. My wife has. Just got a second opinion yesterday
she has been coughing and hacking since November or so

I have been pleading with her to see another doctor (always helps) and finally she did

She had pneumonia and it appears that she has bronchitis and an asthmatic lingering thing going.

See someone about it.
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JenaLaw Donating Member (329 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 10:30 AM
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36. I have been battling mine since Early Dec...
and it has been kicking me!

But I think we have declared a truce of sorts...for now...

good luck kicking yours!
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MorningGlow Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 10:34 AM
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37. You're not crazy, Kitch
:hug:

MG Jr. had it practically all fall in one form or another, and I finally came down with it early in December. MG Jr. ended up with a double ear infection (his first ever) and antibiotics helped him recover, but then he got the sniffles AGAIN after that. I had a sinus infection from the same creeping crud early in December (standard operating procedure for me) and also went on antibiotics, but it didn't kill off an earache. I'm not too fond of my doctor, so I went to Mom's Medical Service--she gave me the antibiotic ear drops her doctor gave her for the same plague. That got rid of the earache after Christmas, and it lasted for a while, but it's back again in one ear. :(
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Silver Swan Donating Member (805 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 10:35 AM
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38. I've had the bad chest cold for two weeks
And my spouse for one week.

The frustrating thing is that I'll think it's getting better, then I'll start coughing again. At least I don't wake up twenty times a night coughing anymore, so I guess that is progress.

And I don't know where I caught it because I am retired, and I don't go out that much!
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kedrys Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 10:43 AM
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42. *cough* *hack*
Added to my newly-acquired acid reflux, I am, shall we say, having less than a good time.
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busybl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 10:59 AM
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44. since the week before Thanksgiving
bronchitis, pneumonia, coughing. I'm still coughing. It's made worse by my having asthma.
My family is getting tired of my Ratso Rizzo "I'm dyin' here"
I'm worn out and sleeping sitting up. waaaaa
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kentauros Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 01:58 PM
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47. When I first caught this thing, in early December,
I also had to sleep sitting up. Luckily, that was only for one night. I was almost over the cold two weeks later when I went to my parents' for Christmas. Both of them had it, too, but I think my father had a strain that was far worse than what I had gotten before. I caught that one from him and got sick all over again.

Luckily, I have found that getting plenty of sleep helps considerably, giving your body a more relaxed body to self-cure :)

I hope you get past the "dyin'" stage :hug:
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Forkboy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 01:37 PM
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45. Yes. Just getting over it, and it was about a month long.
You may still be crazy, but not because of this. :)
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JackBeck Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 03:19 PM
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48. Only since Tuesday.
It was so bad I had to miss work on Wednesday and Thursday, to help my fever break.

Still hacking up gunk, but on the bright side, I haven't smoked since Tuesday. Not that I smoked that much to begin with. Yet without making a big announcement about it, I'm pretty sure something came to an end this week.
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Kali Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 03:21 PM
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49. you recently moved from the east?
have you been checked for valley fever?
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auntAgonist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 03:44 PM
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50. I can safely say I think I have the walking pneumonia beat.
Sorry you're still feeling crappy though :(

:hug:

aA
kesha
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KitchenWitch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 07:32 PM
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51. UPDATE - I went to urgent care this morning
I am now on higher doses of prednisone. And once I am done with the pred I will be doing the advair thing.

Doctor seems to think it is my asthma not getting back under control after the bacterial bronchitis I had.

Looks like I am going to gain more weight because of the roids. Not to mention how bitchy I get. Oh yay.
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TZ Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 08:25 PM
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54. geez KW
Didn't this happen to you last year too..I'm sorry you have to deal with this.. :hug:
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KitchenWitch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 09:01 PM
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55. Actually it was K, our daughter that got sick last year like this.
Mine was the year before.

My words to the wise...avoid radiation fibrosis of the lungs at all costs.
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SPKrazy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 09:58 PM
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56. yes
I think it is the result of chemtrails from shrub's jets that he was spraying shit all over us with
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