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Shortness of breath- how concerned should I be?

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Coffeeismylifeforce · 11/09/2022 22:15

Heya, so I’m not entirely sure if this is covid related as I was ill a couple of weeks ago and didn’t test but the prevailing thought between family/doctors seems that I likely had covid (I didn’t think so at the time as no typical respiratory symptoms, more gastro and fatigue)
Anyway, I am having breathing issues and a heavy chest. I went to the doctors on Thursday and both a nurse and a doctor said that my chest wasn’t sounding as it should. I don’t have a cough or phlegm and apparently my lungs aren’t making any cracking/popping/other funny sounds but rather sound “dull” and like they aren’t taking in enough air. I was prescribed antibiotics but they don’t seem to be doing anything and if anything im a bit worse. I get breathless and dizzy standing up, doing anything around the house or even talking. Has anyone else had a similar experiences or have any recommendations?

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SouthOfFrance · 11/09/2022 22:17

Bump for you. Are you going to go back to the GP? Sounds like they half expect you to anyway if the antibiotics didn't do anything?

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Coffeeismylifeforce · 11/09/2022 22:22

I think I’m going to have to, I’m finding hard to do even basic day to day things and I’m a single mum to a 4 year old so that makes it difficult!

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Carrieonmywaywardsun · 11/09/2022 22:37

That does sound like the after effects of covid. And gastro and fatigue are very well reported covid symptoms!

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lovescats3 · 12/09/2022 18:43

Go back to GP

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Amipreg1 · 12/09/2022 18:46

Unfortuantely I was like this for a good few months after having covid. A chest xray showed that I had lung scarring and was diagnosed with long covid.

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klipwa · 12/09/2022 18:51

See your GP, rarely covid can unmask heart problems that have hitherto been unrecognised.

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Namenic · 12/09/2022 18:52

I think going back to gp is sensible (unless things have got worse than last week - in which case consider out of hours gp or a&e - can call 111 if unsure).

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stayathomegardener · 12/09/2022 19:01

You could look into a salt pipe and Lugols iodine.
I was in a similar position 03/20 and it worked for me.

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Coffeeismylifeforce · 12/09/2022 22:04

Thank you for your advice guys. I went to hospital earlier then was sent to another hospital with more equipment. After I felt like I was suffocating and almost collapsed I got fast tracked and put on oxygen and some other drug… first time I’ve been able to breathe in days. I’m now off oxygen and I’m sad 😅 waiting for bloods/X-rays and shall see what we see!

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SouthOfFrance · 12/09/2022 22:22

Oh no! Glad you got seen and they are sorting you out, sounds like you definitely needed some extra help! Get well soon

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Ahf22 · 12/09/2022 22:24

klipwa · 12/09/2022 18:51

See your GP, rarely covid can unmask heart problems that have hitherto been unrecognised.

What??? Explain please.

(speedy recovery OP)

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stayathomegardener · 13/09/2022 08:15

Glad you are feeling better.

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