Go to doctor or not?
February 20, 2009 10:32 PM Subscribe
When should you go to a doctor? I'm currently being prodded to go to the doctor for 'bronchitis,' after only a week of being sick, and only three days of coughing.
posted by flibbertigibbet to health & fitness (22 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Last Saturday, I went to get with a tickle in my throat. I woke up on Sunday feeling so weak it reminded me of how I felt when waking up from general anesthesia.
My weakness got better, my cold symptoms got worse (sniffly, runny nose, headachey, etc.), and were joined by a cough. I'm not wheezing, but my voice has taken a beating. This is problematic, as one of my courses this term is in speaking, but I'll cope.
Do I have yellowy-green mucus that comes up when I cough? Yes, but everytime I get a cough I have yellowy-green mucus. Everytime. A doctor diagnozed this a while back as post-nasal drip.
Is there any tension or pain in my chest? Nope. The closest is... you know how menthol gives you this fake-cold sensation? It's kinda like that. If it is tension, or feeling of being constricted, it's still very weak.
Clearly, I have a chest cough (it's coming from the lungs, not from the back of my throat), but all of my symptoms are in the throat and head. My cough isn't too deep, it's just loud. Most of the feeling comes from feeling like I have a hairball in my throat, which sorta clears when I cough.
I feel much, much better than I did on Sunday. Yeah, coughing sucks, but it's not sucking me of all my lifeblood. I can still study and do work. As far as I'm concerned, my cough is just a side-effect of the stuffy nose etc.
My dad, however, is haranguing me (multiple times an hour) that I CLEARLY have bronchitis or pneumonia, I'm NOT feeling better like I think, I must be feeling WORSE because I'm coughing, and I Will Die.
Should I go to the doctor for medical reasons? I will not go to the doctor to shut my dad up--I'm not going to take resources out of the system. I just want to know if I'm being unreasonable in thinking that I'm on the mend.
I'm 20 years old and female, and in otherwise fine health. I'm in Canada, so paying for the doctor is not a consideration.