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  • Posted By: savon19
  • November 3, 2006
  • 09:09 PM

I've never had bronchitis - just thought it was a bad cold. I avoid doctors like the plague (so to speak!), but a co-worker got sick of hearing me cough & suggested I see doc. He diagnosed bronchitis & gave me z-pac of anti-biotics. (Later, after reading on net, rarely is bronchitis caused by bacteria!!)

So I continued to cough my head off for the next week or so with the accompanying running nose, etc. Thing is, most of the symptoms have passed (except for small cough) - but I have HORRIBLE pain on right side extending from front to back. Again, after some research, I think it may be due to damage to chest wall from the extensive coughing. (Hindsight: the doc Should have given me strong cough medicine instead of anti-biotics...)

I guess there's nothing now to do about this except wait it out? :confused:

I also learned that once you ever get bronchitis, you are more prone to get it!

This has been a solid 2 weeks of pain & misery... And the worst part has been this "aftermath" of pain in chest. Just a note to anyone who is diagnosed with bronchitis...

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  • Hi, try some honey with lime. I had bronchitis 4 weeks ago, the cough lasts the longest, the anti-biotics are good for the chest infection part of it and managed to get rid of most of the phlem, however the constant dry cough was really bruising my throat and lungs (not to mention the lack of sleep!) most cough syrups have a limit to how much you can take before they damage you liver, so I ended up having to use honey to help when I risked overdosing. Dont know how long it takes for your chest to heal, I still have terrible aches in there. stay away from dry air.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • November 6, 2006
    • 00:07 AM
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  • get the best one, treatment for homeless people, get some VapoRub Cream, rub it on your chest, and put some pages of the news paper on your chest, put on some "sleeping-sweaters" and thats it! go to bed, and put as many sweaters or tshirts as you can, you can try some muscle creams, as well, not the ones that leave you with the burning sensation! of course!!! I avoid doctors as well, and I had fun reading your post! hehehe, p.s. I know homeless wont use VapoRub nor other creams!!
    Sebastian 5 Replies
    • November 6, 2006
    • 00:34 AM
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  • I suffer from asthma and get bronchitis quite often. The only thing that clears it up for me is prednisone (steriods). Usually, the doctor will give you a dose pack with decreased amounts taken each day. Most times you need that to get rid of the swelling and inflamation caused by the infection. Though the pain you are experiencing is how I feel after pneumonia. The treatment is generally the same; antiobiotics and a course of steriods.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • November 6, 2006
    • 03:27 AM
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  • Thanks, all, for your responses! I was surprised to get so many good suggestions. (What a great site!!) I'm Much better (finally!). Not 100%.. but getting close. Have a great week and stay healthy! Sherry ;)
    savon19 4 Replies
    • November 6, 2006
    • 11:50 AM
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