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    frustrated with shortness of breath
    ugrg1992 posted:
    I have had breathing difficulties for like a month or more now. It started when I had flu and i was on a plane..i had problems taking in deep breath. there was tightness in the chest, mainly in the bronchial area.
    At first i thought it would go away, but it didn't,,the breathing got more difficult and i had to see the doctor..the doc diagnosed me with a flu and gave me a flu shot and amoxicillin 500 mg.. i was allergic to it and had to stop using it..then the doc knowing about my still persisting breathing difficulties he prescribed me Azithromycin 250..he assured me that my lungs are perfectly healthy although he had not seen my x ray, just examined my lungs with a stethoscope..but there were others who were diagnosed with pneumonia...the doc said i have nothing to worry about and i returned home relieved with a peace of mind...but the breathing did not get any better...i again went to the doc, he and a nurse examined me properly,,checked my family history and asked if i smoke..i stopped smoking since i had the flu. and the doc suspects its an infection caused by the after effects of quitting cigarettes..he didn't mention bronchitis..although the symptoms are very close to bronchitis..he prescribed me..sulfameth/trimethoprim 800/160 antibiotics and an relieves me to some extent..but is not making much difference...i'm on these medications and I take vapourising steam every night and when i cough out my phelgm it is yellowish brown and green and occasional small streaks of blood are present in it..streaks of blood are specially there in the mucus from my nose..i don't have any fever, fatigue or anything else..which i had when i had flu but its gone now..i don't mean to bore you with my detailed story but this is very frustrating and its getting difficult to co-op with my daily life...should i be worried??
    _swank_ responded:
    I would have been worried when the first doc gave me an antibiotic and flu shot for the flu. How did he diagnose the flu? The flu is a virus and antibiotics are useless for a virus. Flu shots are used to prevent the flu, not treat it. You're not even supposed to get them when you're sick. Tamiflu is the usual treatment for the flu.

    At any rate, it sounds like you need to see a pulmonary specialist at this point.
    lorigibs40734 responded:
    Have you had a chest x ray? mentioned to your doctor that there is blood in the mucus and phlegm? I would call his office and explain about the blood. And, as it is a weekend, if the blood gets worse, go the ER immediately!

    I don't think you should have been given a flu shot if you had the flu. It's suppose to help stop you getting the flu but if you already have it, what's the point in the shot?
    annette030 replied to _swank_'s response:
    Antibiotics should be given to people who have smoked a lot and may have a viral infection.

    This is according to the Oregon State Infectious Control Committee from several years ago. I do not know what their rationale is.

    I tend to agree with you, if you have a viral infection, antibiotics shouldn't help it at all.

    Take care, Annette
    rjbeck77 responded:
    You need to have a chest xray ASAP. The only time to worry about the blood in the sputum is when it comes from the chest. Blood in the sputum from the nose is nothing to worry about,Most likely you broke a blood vessel in the nose. It sounds like pneumonia or a bad case of bronchitis they should also do a simple spirometry to measure your lung volumes since you are a smoker.You need to see a competent physician to get these things done,Don't put this off, remember Jim Henson of Muppet fame he thought he had a flu with shortness of breath. Please take care of this.. This was my occupation for 15yr's-Respiratory Therapist..
    ugrg1992 replied to rjbeck77's response:
    oh yes i forgot to mention...i had a spirometry test aswell..the results were all negetive..the doctor is confident that i dont have any lung related problems...he just told i have some kind of infection in my airways that will eventually go away..

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