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Persistent coughing, wheezing and cramp - DESPERATE for any advice. Please help!

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  • Posted By: LadyCat
  • September 9, 2009
  • 01:29 PM

Hello all! I'm new here and am REALLY hoping that someone out there might have a clue what condition my symptoms might indicate, as I am getting desperate!!

I've been ill for about a month; I had flu symptoms (diagnosed by the hospital as swine flu, but this is just supposition; no swabs were taken) along with sickness and diarrhoea, which lasted about 12 hours.

For the past three weeks, I have had a persistent cough; quite hacking and violent (and with some chest pain), but non-productive (no mucus or blood), along with wheezing / crackling sounds in my chest. All symptoms are worse when lying down, so particularly in the night and morning.

I have also over the past week or so had strong cramps in both my calves; I feel these very strongly on waking and then intermittently throughout the day.

I was prescribed antibiotics (Amoxicillin) for the cough; I took the week's course of these (three tablets per day) but they have had no effect whatsoever.

My pulse rate, temperature and blood pressure are all normal. I have had an ECG and chest x-ray, both of which were perfectly normal. I have also had blood tests, which showed no abnormalities.

It has been suggested that this is asthma, but since I am a non-smoker with no allergies or eczema and no family history of any such thing, I think this is unlikely.

I am now literally at my wits' end with this...I feel constantly exhausted and am desperate to know what this is so I know what action to take.

I am currently awaiting an appointment at a specialist chest clinic, but this could take a while, so until then, ANY help or advice that anyone here could give me would be so so sooooo appreciated!

Thanks in advance,

Sonya xxxx

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