I got sick almost 2 weeks ago. It started with a tightness in my chest and small cough and just a general "unwell" feeling. about 2 days after the first few coughs, I began coughing almost non-stop from a feeling that I had just inhaled water (like when you get choked when drinking/eating). Last Friday, Jan 31st, I woke up coughing until I threw up, feeling like I couldn't get enough air, running a low fever (100.1), pain in my chest, and feeling all around horrible. Not being able to catch my breath worried me, so I went to my local ER. I was there literally 10 minutes. The doctor on duty looked in my ears, nose, mouth, listened to me breathe in/out (which caused me to cough with every attempted deep breath) for about 30 seconds. Said it's a viral infection, gave me liquid hydrocodone cough syrup and said I'd be better in about 2 days. Well, it's now a week after that and my cough is just as bad. Only now, I'm coughing up this awful yellow/green thick mucus that sometimes has a tiny bit of blood in it, I'm also having to blow my nose every 2 seconds where the same mucus is coming out in large clumps that I can't even fathom being able to fit in my sinus cavity, still running a low grade fever every time the dayquil wears off, my chest, neck, throat, and back (lung area) hurt SO bad...it even hurts to touch. I can't take a breath without a rattling sound which instantly causes me to feel like I'm drowning and triggers a horrible hacking bark of a cough that just won't stop! Does a viral infection last 2 weeks +? Should I go back to the ER (my health insurance is not in effect until March, and I can't afford to pay a doctor's office $160+ right now, so I would have to take the higher cost of the ER and make payments)? I've never felt this awful in my life...even with my severe hypothyroidism...even when I almost went into a coma from that, I felt better within a few days after being diagnosed and given meds! BTW, I am female, 35, white, 5ft 7in, live in South MS, USA, and am currently on 200 mcg of levothyroxine...along with OTC Dayquil/Nyquil for the last 2 weeks. Sorry this is so long, please help point me in the right direction though. I hate going to the doctor/ER...they made me feel like I'm wasting their time last week.
Before I make any suggestions I fist must say that because I'm not there to do a physical evaluation myself it will be hard to give a definitive diagnosis.
You need medical attention. I understand the difficulties with your financial situation, but you need to see a doctor and I would recommend going to see your family doctor instead of going to the ER. Most doctors offices offer payment plans for their patients as well.
From what you have described to be it doesn't sound like a viral infection to me. It sounds like you may have walking pneumonia. I have experienced this myself and it is not fun. You need antibiotics to get over this and the only way you can get antibiotics is to go see a doctor. I am not trying to give ER docs a bad rep, but sometimes they get so busy that when they have a patient with a seemingly simple every day cold they are quick to dismiss other possibilities. If you see your family doctor they will take more time trying to diagnose you. Please go see a doctor. Walking Pneumonia can be serious.
Thank you very much. I will try to get in to see a regular doctor today. If I can't get in to see my GP pre-loss of insurance from my last job, I will go to one of the Urgent Care clinics here. I just feel absolutely more horrible than I have ever felt in my life. I've never had a cough last this long before. I've had bronchitis once before, but this feels different than that. I appreciate you taking your time out to answer me. Thank you again!