Lowering the bar on the definition of "healthy"
January 6, 2010 3:24 PM Subscribe
Why haven't I fully recovered from bronchitis, six months later?
posted by The Winsome Parker Lewis to health & fitness (17 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Way back in July of last year, I got really sick. It seemed to be a flu that just got worse and worse: I had chills, body aches, a fever, my head was cloudy, my nose was perpetually plugged up, I was constantly expectorating green mucus, and I lost most of my voice. After suffering for about a week in bed, I decided this was like no flu I'd ever had and went to an urgent care clinic. They took a chest X-ray and the doctor said he wasn't sure but he thought it might be bronchitis (gotta love non-commital diagnoses). He prescribed me some antibiotics and sent me on my way.
I was still feeling bad after finishing the antibiotic regimen and wasn't convinced it did anything at all, but eventually my body seemed to get over *whatever I had* on its own, and in a couple weeks I was moving around and feeling clear-headed again. Today, six months later, I still feel good. Except that I've been ...mucusy... ever since the sickness. And I'm starting to wonder if I'll ever return completely to normal.
I feel healthy but my nose still gets plugged up several times a day and I have to blow it. I'm constantly coughing up loogies and spitting out largish chunks of yellow phlegm. I sneeze more than normal. Sometimes my stuffy nose starts whistling softly when I breathe as usual. I never had these problems before but they've been a constant annoyance ever since I got sick. Any chance there's still some virus/bacteria hanging around in my system that I can destroy once and for all with the right technique? Or is this a symptom of my mid-20s body leaving the healthiness of its "prime?" In the past, healing from disease was total, not partial like this. Should I expect more of the same as I get older?
I know. YANMD. Suggestions still appreciated.