Nearly 4 months persistent cough, fever and fatigue

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I'm not sure if i'm posting in the right place but here goes...

I'm 24 years old and about 4 months ago I went to the GP with a chest infection, he precribed me a course of amoxicillin and within a week my cough and fever disappeared but a week later it all returned, coughing and random fevers throughout the day.

Since then I've had 2 more courses of antibiotics which has also done nothing. did a chest x ray, blood tests and sputum and everything came back clear. I've been referred to a chest clinic nearly 4 weeks ago and they have still not yet contacted me.

I am living with coughing and fevers and now also feel fatigued and occasional breathlessness and sometimes feel a warm'ish feeling on my chest.

I'm stuck right now really frustrated don't know what I can do any advice would be greatly appreciated..

 

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    You REALLY need to make an appointment with a pulmonary specialist.  It sounds like there is not much concern from your GP
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      Hi Sandy thanks for the response.

      I really do need to see someone but I can't without my GP referring me! he has referred me to a chest clinic and hopefully they call me this coming week (fingers crossed)

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      Hi Rickz. Maybe now is the time to buy insurance before you are diagnosed with anything ? I bought mine a couple of months before the problem started and I get instant treatment, no hassle with GPs. 
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    Hi Rickz, how you feeling now?  think i may have the same thing as you.  would you mind confirming a few of your symptoms?  

    does your cough worsen when you exert yourself.  If i run upstairs or rush about, i naturally have to increase my breathing pace and this is when i cough the worst. i experience a dull pain to my higher lung area as i breath and this irritates me into a coughing fit.  if i dont control my breahting, this fit can gon on for a good five minutes slowing down over 1/2 an hour or so.  not pleasant in know, but i also bring up a small aount of clear (something) from the back of my throat. 

    like you, ive now had 2 courses of antibiotics and its coming back. it worse in the morning and evening.  as long as i dont push myself too hard during the day, it doesnt trouble me too much.  Overall, i feel pretty worn out with no energy.

    Doctor said he's requested a respiriatory specialist, two weeks ago, but not heard anything yet.

    i'll keep you updated if you wouldnt mind doing the same.  

    all the best pete

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      Yes it does worsen when I exert myself but in the last few months I've done not participated in any physical activity except walking. 

      The cough is bad but what bothers me the most is the fever

      It's been 4 weeks and no contact from the chest clinic. I will keep you up to date pal you do the same. 

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    To Rickz and Peter:

    You both need to see a pulmonary specialist immediately.  I can't emphasize this enough.  3 years ago I was FALSLY diagnosed with asthma when in reality, when my bliood oxy dipped to 72 and I had severe dizziness, I went to a different GP in February 2014, had an EKG, CT scan and diagnosed with emphysema (COPD).  COPD is a very strange disease.  In March, I had a severe soar throat, lost my voice and was coughing continuously.  When I went for my April pulmonary checkup, I was told that I had had a "flare up".  I just thought it was a slight cold or virus.  You just can't take a chance that a serious lung problem is occurring.  Please, do check out a pulmonary specialist rather than taking the "I think you have......." from a GP - that is where I made a HUGE mistake 3 years agio.

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