low grade bacterial infection?
I've been having problems with shortness of breath lately. It started when I had a cold about a month ago, and at the time I thought it was due to sinus congestion. I had a pretty bad sinus infection and an ear infection and was on a ceftin derivative for 14 days to clear that up. Through this the shortness of breath persisted. I also tend to have anxiety problems when it comes to my health, so I convinced myself that I was just worrying too much and went on with my life.
On thanksgiving day my shortness of breath got much worse, coincidentally this was the day after I had finished my course of antibiotics. I have been smoking for about 4 years and I got fed up and decided to quit right then. The next morning I bought the patch and have been smoke free the last 12 days. Unfortunately the shortness of breath still persists, and immediately after quitting smoking I developed a productive cough that brings up clumps of brown gunk. I had heard that quitting will often make you short of breath and create a productive cough as your lungs heal, so I didn't think too much of it.
I went in to get my allergy shot yesterday and when they took my temperature they found it to be 99.1 (I am normally around 97.5). They asked if I felt ok and I mentioned I still had shortness of breath and that now that I think about it, I have been feeling pretty tired and weak lately. I've had a few moments as well when I'm suddenly feeling very flushed and nasueated. Overall though I have not really felt bad, just not really good either. I talked to my doctor and he looked at blood test results from the previous week (routine bloodwork/cholesterol check) and saw that I had an elevated white cell count. Not dangerously high but definately above normal. He listened to my lungs and said he heard some air trapping.
His conclusion was that I have bronchitis and that the elevated white cell count pointed to a bacterial infection. He said that the ceftin class antibiotics don't target atypical bugs that well and it might not have been able to knock it out, so he gave me a 5 day course of Tequin, a 3rd gen cipro derivative. After that if I'm not doing better, he said we'll go do some x-rays and go from there.
Does this all sound plausible? I mean, my concern is that when I've had bacterial infections before, I usually feel really bad. High fever, general malaise, that feeling that death wouldn't be that bad... Is it possible to just have a mild bacterial infection that leaves you feeling not so great but doesn't knock you out? The other thing that concerns me is that the shortness of breath has been going on for a month and survived a 14 day course of ceftin...
I had a chest X-Ray last spring that was normal, and I did a peak flow test a few months ago that was normal, but since I just quit smoking my lung health is on my mind and makes me wonder if I waited too long to quit smoking... I'm only 27 and have smoked half a pack a day for less than 4 years, theoretically it is unlikely that I have done any permenent damage, but you never know...