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So, I got an ear ache three weeks ago that turned into a chest infection three weeks later I'm on my fifth antibiotic and six inhalers with fluid on my lung. I am worried now. I know exasperation is when the disease gets a little worse. Right now even getting dressed is hard. I am exhausted. I have left the house once in a week and a half. I woke this morning in so much pain in my middle back and ribs I cried and ended up in an emergency doctors.
I did very little when I first got told I had copd. I figured it was a death sentence anyway. And I also figured there was no way and they were wrong and if they weren't wrong I didn't want to know. So for two years I took no med, continued to smoke and cancelled specialist appointments.
Now I'm worried cos I feel so awful. So tired. And like I'm drowning in my own snot. Like it's endless mucus. And I don't know when I last took a deep breath. I'm wondering if I let things go to far and have I screwed up so badly that this set back is permanent. And I've ruined myself. I could breath OK up till a few weeks ago. Now I'm screwed. I'm dizzy and yesterday I got dressed only to get undressed and back into bed. In two weeks I'm like an old women.
is it permanent. If I deal with the infection will I breath OK. I'm off the cigarettes 10 days. I feel worse now I'm not smoking and using my med then I ever have.
Have I done permanent damage or is this normal for a bad chest infection.
I hope this is the right place to ask this question. I know no one with copd and haven't had the opportunity or where with all to question my doctors or specialist.
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