About two months ago exactly I started getting sick. The initial symptoms were just fatigue and a cough. Within a week, the cough became quite bad and I had a sore throat as well as swelling. The doctor gave me antibiotics and it cleared up. He claimed it was a case of bronchitis.
I was then fine for a week. Next thing I picked up a cold (what I assume is a cold). It lasted a week. I woke up one morning with the worst pain when breathing as well as muscle pain in my back (pleurisy). It lasted about two days. Later that week, a tingling sensation began in my hands (like pins and needles) and there was a slight rash. I went to the doctor, he took blood tests and concluded I have a bacterial infection (white blood cell count very high). He referred me to a specialist at the local Medi-Clinic who said I should come in to hospital straight away. The specialist said I had pneumonia. I was in hospital for 3 days with a drip in my arm administering antibioitics.
The whole time in hospital I felt relatively fine. Very alive. The day after I got out I started feeling generally fatigued again. Fast forward a few days, I woke up one morning with the same pleurisy-related symptoms - an intense stabbing sensation when when breathing. I went to the doctor again and he said there was another bacterial infection (pleurisy) and he prescribed me antibiotics. The main symptoms was tiredness, loss of appetite, weight loss (6.0kg) and peeling of skin on fingers. I finished the course of antibiotics but the pain continued. It stopped about 4 days after I finished the medicine.
As soon as the pleurisy vanished, I began getting a productive cough that's quite violent. If I breathe, I can hear crackling sounds in my lungs. I still have no appetite and I get nauseous. The phleghm is yellow.
We don't have medical aid and the public health care system in my country is horrendous.
Dave 001 welcome to the ehealth forum,
listen crackling is not a good sign, u should see a pulmonary doctor and test your lungs. Were you on iv steroids? Since you were sick for awhile, it would seem that it will take a bit to get rid of it, if its persistent and you develop shortness of breath, like a boot on your chest, then you must go back and ask the doctor to try and different antibiotic as the infection is yellow and still there.. please seek out care as not doing it can damage your lungs forever.. i know it sucks when they don't know what it is, but a good lung specialist can help. Do u have medical schools, where they have professors teaching and you can use your self as a "demo" man where they have students, listen and then help figure out whats wrong. write all your symptoms and triggers. down, this will help allot good luck and keep us posted as you may well safe another persons life! wanda
I went back to the same specialist who diagnosed me with pneumonia. He did a white blood cell count test and my everything is back to normal. He also tested my lungs and gave me a puffer to use every now and then. They suggested I get X-Rays done, which I did. It turns out there is a pleuretic effusion, a buildup of fluid. So they put put a needle into my back and withdrew some of it to send away for testing. I should get my results back very soon and I will share here.
Good Man, let me know how your doing. It takes very little for you to become sicker, so take care of your self, eat healthy. And be careful around smokers and anyone who is sick, your lungs are fighting right now.. Keep in touch .God speed friend!
I had plueral effusion. That is what the crackling sound you can hear - the fluid around the lungs. Fluid gets in the space between your lungs and ribs. There is a membrane around the lungs called the pluera and another one surrounding the ribs. Fluid gets in between there and presses on your lungs so it is difficult to breathe. They can drain it for you & you will feel much more comfortable.
Let me know when you get your results & take care.