- 8 years ago
- Wedding: April 2011
I am looking to you all for some helpful tips/suggestions.
Here’s a little background: I have mild asthma for which I have a blue salbutamol short-acting inhaler “just in case.” Over the years I have done an incrediable amount of work to stregthen my lungs and this has improved my asthma considerably meaning I’m down from 3 inhalers and oral medication to just one inhaler. I do, however, suffer from frequent bouts of pneumonia and bronchitis every year despite my lung strength increasing. I average pneumonia 1-2 times a year and bronchitis about 4 times a year. Last year I had double pneumonia that puzzled my doctors because each lung had a separate bacteria culture show up (ie: two different infections at the same time).
Here’s where I’d like your input. It always seems to me that if there was an effective way to clear a cold out of my chest BEFORE infection (ie: pneumonia and bronchitis) sets in than I would avoid having to be on anti-biotics and possibly nip this problem in the bud. My thinking is that I have a low immune system, the antibiotics are making this worse, and therefore I’m stuck in the nasty cycle. I’ve heard that getting a good routine of pro-biotics and pre-biotics into my supplements might help to increase my immune system. Have any of you heard of this? If so, what brands do you use?
Here I am today with a cough that has persisted for nearly 3-4 weeks. By most people’s standards I should have already made a trip to the doctor, but unfortunately I know they won’t do anything but perscribe anti-biotics once I have a clear infection in my lungs. I’M SO SICK OF ANTIBOTICS! I’ve seen many different doctors and they all tell me to get rest, wait it out, and if it gets worse to come back. 9 times out of 10 it gets worse. I don’t feel as though I have an infection right now and my sputum isn’t overly thick or colored (TMI I’m sorry), no fever, and not feeling overly sick. I basically have a drier cough with a little mucus, but I know if it goes any longer I’ll most likely end up with pneumonia or bronchitis as usual.
If you have any other suggestions for me I would really appreciate them. I just need to get my lungs cleared out and stop this coughing before I get a chest infection. Do any of you have at home remdies or do you know how to support a more healthy immune system? I eat right, exercise regularly, and I’m not a smoker so those are not factors. I just can’t seem to shake a cough once it’s got a cold on my lungs. Sometimes it goes as long as 3 months and I just can’t handle having this setback anymore.