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Hi.. I have copd moderate to severe and have in the last 16 days I have got a chest infection. I went to gp who give me amoxillin. 2x500mg twice daily. I eent back after a week as I was no better, if anything worse. He then gave me prednisolone 5 mg tabs. 6 a day all in one go. 1 weeks supply but no antibiotics, back to dr again as still no better. This time he has given me clarithromycin 500mg twice daily plus another course of prednisolone. Then he frightened me to death by sending me for xrays. I have to go on Monday 9:15am. I am scared to death. I have health related ocd and gad plus severe treatment resistant depression. I have totally convinced myself I have lung cancer and its doing my head in. Im taking valium like its gone out of fashion ( 40mg daily ) Im only supposed to take 15mg.. Im not coughing up blood and not lost any weight. I just cough up clear phlegm, sometimes its a bit yellow. Why has he sent me for xray unless he thinks I havee lung cancer

Thanks for listening

Gandalff

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    Gadalff, it would've been better to have asked the gp why he was sending you for an x-ray because the people on this forum don't know either.

    All COPD is "health related" and pardon my ignorance but I don't know waht GAD is?   Lay off the valium if you can, it's not a good idea to more than double the dose of any medication.

    Have you tried meditation and/or Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for your depression?   Valium (which isn't prescribed any longer in Australia and hasn't been for years because it's addictive) isn't an anti-depressant, it's only a relaxant.

    Please, try and stay calm until you get to the x-ray and know the results!

    All the best

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      GAD means General Anxiety Disorder.

      It appears that nearly all the other people who replied to my post disagree with you. There posts were very informative and helpful, stating that to be sent for xray is a common practice in copd patients

      regards

      gandalff

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    Hi Gandalff, I have severe copd, at one time I too was given different antibiotics for chest infections, usually amox or doxycycline first with predisolone. Sometimes now I need more than a 1 week course. I try now to  send a sputum sample off to find the right antibiotic as the bugs I get vary from 1 infection to the next but still I may need a longer course. Please try not to worry about the X-ray, I have 1 every 6 months when I have my hospital app. Worrying will make your symptoms worse, your doc could just being cautious which isn't a bad thing I don't think. I didn't think Valium was prescribed now, I was on them many yrs ago and it took me a long time to get off them but I was so happy when I was finally free of them, please don't take more than the prescribed dose. Take care and I hope all is well with you soon. Let us know how thing go . Warm regards Julia
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    Being sent for an X-ray DEFINITELY does NOT mean you have lung cancer. I have had a couple of X-rays and it is to see the extent of any damage to the lungs by the COPD.
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    Hi Gandalff

    I have been in your position more than once.

    In Dec 2015 I had a cold which turned into a chest infection I ws given antibiotics and steroids after 3 weeks I was worse Dr told me he couldn't do any more for me he suggested I saw a consultant. which I did. He sent me for an xray within 24 hours they had booked me to go back to see him. Thats frightening especially 4 years previous I had to have a scan because I was coughing up blood and they couldn't find anything  but thats another story. On my return visit to the hospital I was given another x ray before seeeing the doctor. apparantly I had a hole in my lung and fluid in the cavilty wall of my lung. I also had a buller which had taken half my one lung away. They told me the hole could heal itself but suggested I had another scan, which I did. This was almost 2 months ago and I've heard a thing. I called my gp who wrote the consultant asking what he should do regards my treatment but still heard nothing.

    No news is good news as far as I'm concerned. How quickly they reacted in the begining because I think they throught it was cancer makes me think they are not too concerned about this hole. Maybe its just watch and wait. I think they would have reacted sooner if they throught it was a serious condition.they would have seen you quicker so please dont worry unnecessarily stop takig the Valium and think positive.

    Re my condition had anyone on here experienced a hole in their lung and if so what was the outcome

    Lin

     

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    Hi Gandalff, My mum suffered with severe COPD for years....going for an x ray is total routine. I rememeber mum having several in one week all because she saw so many different doctors and they all requested the same. Hope you feel better soon and can come back on here with good news....Im sure you will.

    Take care 

    Tracie x

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    Hi

    What I am unable to understand is the fact that I have NEVER had an xray at all. I went to my gp 7 years ago as I was getting very breathless. He sent me to the practice nurse for a spirometer test.. tthat was my one and only diagnosis of copd..

    I phoned the british lung foundation on the advice of another post on the BLF website and they could not believe or understand why I had never been sent for xrays. 3 months later I had a heart attack as my right coronary artery was partially blocked due to narrowing of the artery due to smoking. I had a stent fitted and touch wood my heart has been fine since.

    regards

    gandalff

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    hi i was diagnosed about 6 wks ago with severe copd with breathlessness and pains in the chest i went to the a&e dept where they sent me for xrays and a cat scan and then had the spiro test where i saw a copd specialist nurse who gave me the results has i was getting scared that there was something seriously wrong ie cancer and was relieved that it was copd my advice is do not be afraid to push for answers and results of any tests good luck and god bless
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      Hi Jackie

      I had a spirometer test about three weeks ago and an xray this morning. The reason I have to wait so long for the spirometer results is because my dr's surgery is booked

      Solid for ages. My main problem is I have ocd and in my case it is the irrational fear/terror of contracting any form of cancer. A few years back I was convinced I had mouth cancer. If I saw so much as a blemish anyhere in my mouth it would be an emergency appointment with my gp in the morning and an emergency appointment with my dentist in the afternoon. This went on for 3 years and very nearly drove me insane. My gp stepped in in the end and got me of to see a shrink who put me in with a ocd specialist. Im a lot better now but mention lung cancer and Im of again.

      thanks for listening

      Gandalff

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