Today is day #17 of an ongoing illness for me. It all started when I got achey/slight fever/chills for 2 days in a row. Well, those were my only symptoms, and they disappeared after 2 days. I felt FINE for 2 days after that, but then the following day I started to have a dry/scratchy/nonproductive cough along with a dry/scratchy/somewhat painful "sore" throat.
I had this "nonproductive" cough and painfully scratchy/dry throat for about 4 days, and then one day the throat pain went away, and the cough turned productive. Initially, the productiveness was CRAZY....cups full of phlegm ranging all sorts of colors/thickness depending on the day/time of day, etc. So, all in all, for about 6 days I was MISERABLE and coughing nonstop...especially at night with little to no sleep.
Well, after resting 1 weekend, the next week, the cough subsided substantially and I could now sleep at night.
Day #17, and here I am....with a slight cough (not NEAR as much as before) that is SOMEWHAT productive (sometimes it's dry, sometimes some phlegm comes up), but I hardly cough at night, and I cough a lot LESS during the day, but I STILL COUGH.
Now, on about day #13, I all of the sudden out of nowhere get a stuffy/runny nose. That was NOT an initial symptom, so I'm a bit confused about this. Why the nose issue when the cough is slowly getting better?!
Also, throughout this whole time, my voice has been hoarse/scratchy, and it's STILL (day #17) not normal!
Now, keep in mind that I am teacher and throughout all of this only stayed home from work to rest 1 day, and my voice takes a major hit from my profession ANYWAY, let alone when I'm not 100% healthy.
Anyway, I guess my question is....WHAT IS WRONG WITH ME? I was on amoxicillin for 5 days (was told bronchitis from doc and given prescrip.), and it didn't do anything...this makes me think it's definitely viral.
Right now, it's a stuffy/runny nose, a lingering cough that is usually productive, and a hoarse voice.
Is it normal to have a lingering, but substantially BETTER (if that's possible) cough 2.5 weeks after initial symptoms with bronchitis? Should I be concerned? When should I start to be concerned? I've been to the doc once already....told bronchitis & given antibiotic that didn't help. Next step to take?
Try almost 7 wks. Your story sounds similar to mine. Got mine after three days with my grandchildren.
Finally got a sulfa drug & took it for 10 days. My voice is still not normal.
You may have to take another antibiotic again.
I found great help from gargling first thing in the am with salt water plus hot water after that. Then sucking on a choloseptic losenger. After that I still have Lipton chicken noodle soup with lots of water. I made up two packages at a time & have one cup at a time. Then I drink warm/hot water all morning until lunch I am starting to feel better so I can get back to my exercising. Fam
I have a variety of things going on here. I'll try to keep it as simple as possible.
About 4 weeks ago I began to have a dry, unproductive cough that resulted in a dry/sore throat, as well as a hoarse voice. About 3 days into it, the cough became VERY productive. After about 2 full weeks, the coughing become MUCH LESS FREQUENT, but still there. In fact, I STILL have a cough (not NEAR as bad as before....but I still do have to cough). NOW (week #4) when I cough, it is OFTEN dry, but SOMETIMES productive.
In the morning, I HAVE to always cough, and brownish/greenish/yellowish (depends on the day, honestly) mucus comes up. After I get that out, I cough sporadically throughout the day and the mucus is usually clear, sometimes white.
At about week #3, I just started to begin to hear an odd "noise" when I would breathe. It was like a wheeze, but NOT so whistly/high pitched. This NOISE is worse when I lay down.
I STILL (week #4) have this noise, and it's actually getting WORSE and....different. Basically, at any point when I deeply exhale and choose to "extend" the exhale, I can hear this noise. It's SO hard to explain but it sometimes sounds like how pop does when it's fizzing....like a bubbling/gurgling noise. Sometimes it REALLY just sounds like I can HEAR MUCUS "shaking" in my chest. This noise is NOT consistent. In fact, in the morning, it is NON EXISTENT until I cough up those few hunks of mucus I talked about above. It takes about an hour or two for this "chest congestion"/bubbly/fizzy noise to begin, but once it starts, it lasts ALL DAY.
Again, if I am breathing "normally" (without TRYING to extend my exhale, etc.), no noise is present. I have to "TRY" to make the noise 90% of the time.
WHAT IS THIS NOISE?!?!
To top it off, my latest symptom (started about 4-5 days ago), is "chest pain". I don't mean BREATHING PAIN, but my chest LITERALLY hurts to the touch. If I touch my ribs inbetween my sternum and breast, it HURTS on the left side. This "pain" is very localized....I mean literally only near 2 ribs and only in a small area of those ribs...it's not all over. It hurts to the touch, and it hurts if I turn my body a certain way, and it can even hurt if someone hugs me at times. Some days it hurts worse than others. IS THIS COSTOCHONDRITIS? I'm thinking it's muscular or skeletal as it isn't made worse by breathing......but rather by TOUCHING IT/moving my body a certain way.
Last thing to know.....week #3, I also developed out of nowhere a stuffy/runny nose that is SLOWLY going away (I've been doing NetiPot EVERY DAY since).
ANYONE know what ANY of these odd symptoms are? I'm MOSTLY curious about
1. THE NOISE
2. THE CHEST PAIN
p.s. I did see a doc, week #2.5 and was diagnosed with acute bronchitis (just by symptoms/lung sounds) and given augmentin for 5 days. It didn't help, or if it did...not much....as clearly I still have symptoms/issues.