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Persistant deep chesty cough

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • March 7, 2010
  • 09:55 PM

I am a fifteen year old girl who has never smoked. When I was a toddler I had asthma but grew out of it. I also had pneumonia twice but only mild pneumonia.
In May 2009, I developed a cough that sounded like a smokers cough. My face and kneck also became swollen. My doctor diagnosed me with a chest infection (which I get often) and put me on anti-biotics. My cough didn't clear up but when I went back, I was told my lungs were clear.
I was due to go away so in June, I went back to the doctor and was out and anti-biotics again. I finished the course while I was away but got very wheezy. I went to a doctor and was diagnosed with asthma. When I returned home, I visited my G.P. I was still very wheezy so he changed my inhaler to symbicort, 4 times a day. He also prescribed me anti-biotics for a chest infection.
After my holiday, I returned to the doctor with the same smokers cough that hadn’t left since May. It was now August. The doctor put me on amoxicillin 250mg as well as a three day course of steroids. I had to get a chest x-ray. In the results, I was told I had pleural effusion due to pneumonia and because of this, a small part of my lung had collapsed. The cough got better but didn’t fully leave.
I got another mild chest infection in December, and then at the end of January 2010 I was put on amoxicillin 250mg again. It is now March and I feel I am getting chesty again. I am experiencing fatigue and a pain in my lungs. I often have acid reflux and suffer from recurring headaches. I’m not sure if this is related but I’m not really able to think clearly anymore. My doctor doesn’t seem to be able to help so I was wondering if anyone here could?

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