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NotAllThere
20th January 2009, 09:39
I see the doctor this afternoon, but what will he say (poll on its way). I've had a cough since 31st December. I don't smoke. The cough is slightly productive, sometimes tickly. I'm getting feverish every now and then, but most of the time feel ok. Over recent days I've been feeling short of breath. I experience mild pain in my chest when I cough.

DimPrawn
20th January 2009, 09:41
My uncle Dave had exactly those symptoms.















He died two weeks later.

HTH

Platypus
20th January 2009, 09:41
It's a virus

(i.e. no cure do nothing it'll get better by itself sometime soonish)

sasguru
20th January 2009, 09:43
I suspect its a deadly strain of avian bird flu.

HTH

NotAllThere
20th January 2009, 09:45
My uncle Dave had exactly those symptoms.

He died two weeks later.

HTH

Well it would if you'd tell me what the pathologist said...

EternalOptimist
20th January 2009, 09:46
The fact that you feel rough, then better (ish) means your bodies immune system is fighting it off.
Thats good because it shows you dont have AIDS
But its bad because it could go on for months. Years probably.

In fact , you will probably feel rough until you die, assuming you live that long


Dr EO.


:rolleyes:

sasguru
20th January 2009, 09:46
Well it would if you'd tell me what the pathologist said...

Deadly strain of avian bird flu, apparently.

BrilloPad
20th January 2009, 09:46
I heed to see a poo specimen before I can comment

Gillian McKeith

TCL
20th January 2009, 09:47
Sounds like a chest infection. Had this a couple of years back. Not a lot they can do, just give you something for the pain and something to fight the infection. Think it was just super strength antibiotics and paracetemol (sp?) but as I say it was a couple of years ago.

I'd say you're looking at about a week off unfortunately.

DiscoStu
20th January 2009, 09:50
I heed to see a poo specimen before I can comment

Gillian McKeith

Or to give her full medical title: Gillian McKeith

DimPrawn
20th January 2009, 09:51
You'll walk into the NHS doctors. He/she will be busy typing the last patient notes into the PC.

They'll give you a glance and carry on typing.

"What seems to be the problem?" they'll ask, without looking at you.

"I've had a cough....blah, blah".

They'll glaze over. Give you a 10 second look and say.

"Probably viral. Antibiotics will have no effect. You need to take pain killers and a decongestant. Will work it's way clear in a few weeks."

Next!

And you'll think "I'm glad the average GP is on a £200K salary now."

threaded
20th January 2009, 09:51
Sounds like you need to take up cycling, that'll clear it up.

DiscoStu
20th January 2009, 09:51
I'm really sorry NotAllThere, but I'm fairly sure you have Ebola.

NetwkSupport
20th January 2009, 09:53
If you have a foam mattress then check its not got mould spores underneath

EternalOptimist
20th January 2009, 09:53
what colour snot are you coughing up ?





:rolleyes:

Moscow Mule
20th January 2009, 10:00
Man (the ****) up, you've got a cold.

They last for about 2-3 weeks unless you get re-infected mid-way through in which case you'll get an extra 1-2 weeks.

Couple of paracetamol and maybe gargle with some TCP. Sleep on your front (stops your night time snot dripping down the back of your throat).

TimberWolf
20th January 2009, 10:05
Breathing difficulty suggests some fluid build-up or bronchi constriction. As threaded suggests, exercise might clear it up. Or kill you.

Gonzo
20th January 2009, 10:06
My uncle Dave had exactly those symptoms.















He died two weeks later.

HTHThere is no need to be quite so pessimistic, the OP might last longer than that.

- my great-uncle Arthur had exactly the same symptoms and it was three weeks before they killed him. :rolleyes:

minestrone
20th January 2009, 10:11
A viral cough can last for a good few weeks so your GP will politely tell you to GTF.

That is what the gf says she does anyway.

DaveB
20th January 2009, 10:20
If you are coughing up crap and wheezing a lot it's probably a bacterial chest infection ( viral infections dont cause the mucus, just the fever and general crappyness ).

If not treated they can rumble on for weeks and the rest of the symptoms match. A trip to the GP and a weeks worth of antibiotics will sort it.

NotAllThere
20th January 2009, 10:23
You'll walk into the NHS doctors. ...
And you'll think "I'm glad the average GP is on a £200K salary now."

I'm not on the NHS, it's private, and he's not a GP, he's a pulmonary system specialist, so £400K is more like it. I couldn't see my GP - he's got 'flu.

It probably is viral. But until I start bleeding from every orifice, I won't worry about Ebola. And I won't take a week off work unless it is something that serious.

NotAllThere
20th January 2009, 18:46
Without doing something seriously invasive, it's impossible to find out what the bug causing the problems actually is. So they took some of my blood, and sent it a couple of floors down to the on-site lab. It came back up again ten minutes later, with results that suggest that while the original infection is viral, I've picked up a bacterial infection - hence the recent fevers and general feeling of fatigue.

From the work that's been done in this sicky season, the local medical peeps have worked out which antibiotic is most likely to be effective against whatever bacterial bug is causing me trouble. So I've got 7 days of that, and codeine for the cough.

It's nice to have 1st world medical facilities. I do wonder how you lot in the UK manage.

Meanwhile, one of the permie guys has got me a nice bottle of Vodka from Poland, and I've checked the interactions guide, so I'll be working with some "alternative" medicine. :happy

HairyArsedBloke
20th January 2009, 18:52
I see the doctor this afternoon, but what will he say (poll on its way). I've had a cough since 31st December. I don't smoke. The cough is slightly productive, sometimes tickly. I'm getting feverish every now and then, but most of the time feel ok. Over recent days I've been feeling short of breath. I experience mild pain in my chest when I cough.

Heart probs - you are going to die.

BrilloPad
20th January 2009, 19:36
Heart probs - you are going to die.

You know when I asked you to post here more often? I have changed my mind.......




:rolleyes:

Sysman
20th January 2009, 20:28
It probably is viral. But until I start bleeding from every orifice, I won't worry about Ebola. And I won't take a week off work unless it is something that serious.

Not bubonic plague (http://plague.emedtv.com/bubonic-plague/bubonic-plague-symptoms.html) either:


Bubonic plague symptoms can occur within two to six days of being infected by the bacteria Yersinia pestis. If left untreated, symptoms, such as vomiting, abdominal pain, and diarrhea, can progress rapidly to septicemic plague. Approximately 10 to 20 percent of people with bubonic plague symptoms will also develop symptoms in the lungs. This is called pneumonic plague, and is often fatal.

Nope, not that.

NotAllThere
20th January 2009, 20:48
Heart probs - you are going to die.

Thank-you for your concern. :grin Anyway - that's true of all of us. We all die by our heart being unable to continue beating.

The pain was on the right side, and my heart is on the left.

I'm so glad I posted this question. It's reaffirmed my opinion of CUK posters. :yay: