Sheree, I used to suffer like you. The last time I had a really bad time, it started in September, sinus infection - took anti-biotics. By October I had bronchitis, more anti-biotics, it seemed to get better. December, more anti-biotics, January another bout of sinus infection and bronchitis, didn't seem to get any better. One morning I woke up with a lot of chest pain - it kept getting worse. I called my husband at work and told him I thought I was having a heart attack, he had to come home and take me to the hospital.
At this time I had been on augmentin for 7 days, he took me to the hospital and I was diagnosed with pneumonia and pleursy. I thought pleursey was an old sickeness, never heard of anyone having it in this day and age. If is an inflammation of the lining of the lungs for lack of a better description and each breath feels like a knife. You can look it up, I can't remember exactly what pluresy is - it just hurts a lot!
The doctor gave me some stronger anti-biotics, a anti-inflammatory, some pain medication and told me to come back when for a two week check-up. That was in 2001, that spring he put me on Advair and it helped some, then in April he put me on a combination of Advair and Singulair. Since then I have had no episodes of any kind, not even my seasonal illness that I got every spring and fall - they seemed to last from Sept. through Jan. - then April through June, with coughing that lasted from one episode to the next.
Look up Singulair and Advair and ask your doctor about them. It has been the miracle cure for me. Some people have said they have had some bad side effects but if I had any they didn't bother me. It is just so great not to always be sick.