If you have fluid in your lungs...

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by devilot, Jun 10, 2006.

  1. devilot Moderator emeritus

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    ... does that mean you have bronchitis? And is there any non-prescription way to help out? :( I'm sick, for the first time in over 5 years. And it's no fun. I can feel the fluid when I breathe, try to cough something up, but nothing will shift.

    Any advice? Other than seeing the doc. Got an all-day concert to go to today, plus, no doctors work the weekends!
     
  2. iGary Guest

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    Mucinex. (Guaifenesin)
     
  3. eva01 macrumors 601

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    there are always doctors on the weekends. Hell i am at the hospital right now and have seen like 3 doctors in the hour and a half i have been here :p

    And i would go to a doctor ASAP because fluid in the lungs can mean many different things
     
  4. CompUser Guest

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    Yea, go see a doctor. My grandpa died of pneumonia.
     
  5. Deepdale macrumors 68000

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    You may get decent short-term relief from an over-the counter product, but even if that holds true, a doctor visit should be on your schedule real soon. Being young and having a good health history are wonderful, but do not get fancy and carefree with anything affecting your lungs.
     
  6. devilot thread starter Moderator emeritus

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    Thanks! I'll be sure to pick some up.
    Party pooper. :p No time, the concert doors open at 10:30AM. Okay, that and I don't have a specific doctor anymore. Bummer... figured I'd have to see a doctor eventually, sigh. Thanks, eva.

    CompUser; I've had pneumonia before, this ain't that. Haha. No fever, nada. Just a sore throat (from the coughing) and this darned fluid.
     
  7. floriflee macrumors 68030

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    It may be worth going to the emergency room. My first two thoughts were bronchitis and pneumonia. Both of those generally require some form of antibiotics. :eek:

    EDIT: I forgot to say that I hope you get feeling better soon!
     
  8. eva01 macrumors 601

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    The only thing is something minor can turn into pneumonia quick.
     
  9. jsw Moderator emeritus

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    Agreed... and keep in mind that many of the root causes are contagious.
     
  10. devilot thread starter Moderator emeritus

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    I don't doubt it... I got this beauty from my boyfriend. ARGH. Of course, he got sick sooner, so he's feeling better already.
     
  11. jsw Moderator emeritus

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    I was just pointing it out in case you'd possibly be around, oh, children, parents, the elderly, people who interact with any of those, etc. Bring some antiseptic liquid soap and some tissues, at least! And best of luck with your recovery. :)
     
  12. kretzy macrumors 604

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    Drink hot black tea with lots of lemon and honey. Add a bit of garlic if you're brave and have no friends to talk to the next day. I always drink this when I'm sick and I don't know why but it seems to make me feel better.

    Hope you get well soon! :)
     
  13. thedude110 macrumors 68020

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    I had a nasty lung fluid thing back in March and it took antibiotics to help me turn the corner.

    Careful when you cough. I strained my rib cage from trying to move the fluid while coughing and it still hurts (3 months later!) when I sit up or sneeze.
     
  14. devilot thread starter Moderator emeritus

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    Sigh. I'm officially sick. I could pretend I wasn't sick for awhile... but I completely lost my voice. :( And I'll post some gross details in InvisiText™: I also got a look at my phlegm. It's a raunchy nearly-neon greenish yellow. Ick.
    Thanks Gary for the suggestion, took some Robitussin and it definitely helps to break it up a bit, but I hate having to wait 4 hours to take more. I swear it wears off before that time's up. :p
     
  15. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

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    Sounds like you have a nasty bug there. Keep yourself well-hydrated and take a combo of paracetamol and ibuprofen to ease any aches and pains before you can get a chance to see a doctor.

    Soup is a good form of light food that's easily digestible.

    Look after yourself. :(
     
  16. IJ Reilly macrumors P6

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    I'm no doctor, but I've had pneumonia, and that's what it sounds like to me. It landed in the hospital and took me months to shake. Pneumonia, and other pulmonary diseases, are potentially very dangerous. Please, do yourself a favor, and see a doctor about this right away.
     
  17. comictimes macrumors 6502a

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    ooh was that BFD? how was it? I really wanted to go but couldn't make it...
     
  18. erickkoch macrumors 6502a

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    Consider yourself lucky, you got it and it will eventually go away. If it's caused by a bug antibiotics will help. Your doctor will decide.

    I have chronic bronchitis, it never goes away. It crops up almost every year and I cough and gag for weeks at a time. Fortunatly a specialist prescribed a steroid inhaler (Advair) and a decongestant, then I'm good as new. Unfortunatly, it takes up to a month for the medication to finaly work. Now, whenever I feel it coming I immediatly go to my doctor and start the medication before it gets bad.

    Edit: If it's caused by a respiratory virus antibiotics won't work.

    Good luck.
     
  19. devilot thread starter Moderator emeritus

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    Thanks for the well-wishing. I will, wait, no, someone will call a doctor for me on Monday morning (I can't, no voice and all that)... And I really doubt I have pneumonia. I've had it before, and it was accompanied by a ridiculous fever and chills, neither of which I have. But rest assured, I'll be seeing a health professional soon (I hope).

    Haven't felt this lousy in a long long time.

    And comictimes, yeah, I did go to BFD. Just posted a snippet in this lovely thread here.
     
  20. jsw Moderator emeritus

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    I very much hope you feel better soon. :) FWIW, pneumonia often accompanies other various ills, and so lack of the previous symptoms doesn't mean you don't have it, just that it could be there with other issues now.
     
  21. devilot thread starter Moderator emeritus

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    Dang it. :( Guess I'll just have to wait and see what a doctor has to say.
     
  22. vniow macrumors G4

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    Eek. I don't have much to add but I hope you feel better and see a doc soon. I've never had quite what you have but I can't imagine it being fun. :eek:

    Hope you had fun at BFD though, regardless of the sickness. :)
     
  23. IJ Reilly macrumors P6

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    I had pneumonia without much of a fever at all -- quite low-grade. It probably would have been classified as a "walking pneumonia" and I might not even have known I had it, but after a few days I started developing pain in my lower back where the fluid was accumulating in my chest cavity. That symptom earned me a CT scan and a day in the hospital. Anyway, you know not to mess with it. That's good.
     
  24. MongoTheGeek macrumors 68040

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    I second the gauifisen.(sp?) An expectorant is what you want to cough it up.

    Don't go running to the doctor unless you are a masochist or have a fever. A fever is something different. Most of the time antibiotics have no effect on bronchitis. There was a study a couple of years ago that showed and average improvement in recovery time of 6 hours! The causes of bronchitis are so deep that antibiotics have difficulty reaching it.

    Chinese Hot and Sour soup is a good way to help clear you our and it soothes your throat.
     
  25. devilot thread starter Moderator emeritus

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    Hm, well even so, it can't hurt to see a doctor, right? :p Even if there's little s/he could do to actually aid the recovery, s/he could prescribe some lovely cough syrup that might allow me actually sleep more than an hour at a time. Mm, codeined cough syrup.
     

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