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Hi, about a month ago I noticed that my breathing was a bit heavier than usual. A few people commented on this, especially when I spoke to people on the phone. I was often asked if I'd just run to pick up the phone.
Then a couple of weeks ago I got an attack of hay fever. The person I live with also began suffering from hay fever, so I didn't think much of it. My wheeze turned into a full blown chest infection, which got so bad I had to see a doctor. The doctor prescribed amoxicillin and salbutamol inhaler. However two days later my breathing was still very bad and I was coughing up a lot of sputum. I went back to the doctor and was given another antibiotic to take in conjunction with the amoxicillin, an antibiotic called doxycycline.
I have finished both antibiotics now and my chest infection is much better, but my breathing is still not back to normal and I'm still coughing up sputum.
Ive even been getting pain in my left shoulder and a general ache in my chest.
Im 45 and I've been smoking since I was 14. My breathing is much better than it was a week ago, but I'm concerned that it still isn't completely normal after completing 2 courses of antibiotics.
Ive provided a sputum sample. I know I need to stop smoking. In fact I'm so frightened I may not smoke another cigarette again.
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