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    Respiratory Probs -- KLD?

    I have yet another respiratory bug. This is getting into my chest (can hear it) and yes, I'll see my doctor ASAP.

    Since last Fall's whooping cough nastiness, I seem to catch any and every bug if it affects breathing. It's been more than a year since I first became ill with pertussis and still, my lungs are a problem on and off.

    I have a healthy diet, don't drink, don't smoke, don't do drugs, exercise as best my body allows, get plenty of h2o. I even moved to what I hoped was a healthier environment for breathing. I use an inhaler only as needed (for wheeziness/coughing) and I've been (unfortunately) needing it.

    What am I missing/what can I do to stop the respiratory infection roulette? Any suggestions on how to stop this shtuff?

    BTW, I am 50, have cerebral palsy and an inc SCI c6/7.


    Mem, I'm so sorry you're plagued with lung problems. Pertussis is hell to go through [I had it and pneumonia at the same time], and does set you up for contracting further infections.

    I've battled almost constant respiratory infections for the last decade due to bronchiectasis, and am having great success in treating/preventing them by nebulizing Vetericyn VF.

    It's definitely an off label use, but this has drastically reduced the number of infections, the duration of the infections, and the severity of my chest congestion/sputum production. My lungs were rattling loud enough for my spouse to hear them when I came back from a trip to PR on Friday, and after two days of inhaling nebulized VVF, I'm back to breathing freely and only coughing up a minimal amount of phlegm, mostly at night when I'm laying down.

    I hope you'll give it a try. It's worked wonders in bringing me relief without taking the 3-4 week course of antibiotics I've had to use in the past to treat these infections.
    It is easier to find men who will volunteer to die, than to find those who are willing to endure pain with patience.

    ~Julius Caesar


      Are you working with a pulmonary medicine specialist? Have you had pulmonary function studies? What is your vital capacity? Do you have a history of COPD? Bronchitis? Wheezing? Do you have a problem with secretions retention? Do you use assisted cough? A Cough Assist machine? A Vest?

      I assume you are getting your flu shot, and that you have now had a pertussis immunization as well as Pneumovax?

      The SCI-Nurses are advanced practice nurses specializing in SCI/D care. They are available to answer questions, provide education, and make suggestions which you should always discuss with your physician/primary health care provider before implementing. Medical diagnosis is not provided, nor do the SCI-Nurses provide nursing or medical care through their responses on the CareCure forums.


        Duh. I went straight to home remedies without providing the most essential advice, which KLD hit on as her first point: find yourself a good pulmonologist ASAP. GPs are good for the occasional infection, but with your history you really need to be under the care of a specialist.

        Repeated lung infections are the primary cause of bronchiectasis in adults, which also makes you more susceptible to getting repeated infections. If you're catching every respiratory bug that's coming around, it would be worthwhile to get a CT scan of your lungs to ensure that you're not developing this condition as it's often not visible on an x-ray.
        It is easier to find men who will volunteer to die, than to find those who are willing to endure pain with patience.

        ~Julius Caesar


          Thanks re: replies.

          I'll ask my doc about what you suggested as working for you, hipcrip.

          KLD, no to a pulmonary doc. Ditto the no to function study, capacity and COPD. Yes, I wheeze, have secretions (thus the wheezy biz and occasional gunk making its way up), no to the vest, cough assist machine, assisted cough. I live solo.

          I got the flu shot last week, pertussis booster while sick w/ it (Fall '10) and am current on pneumo vac.

          Running temp between 100 -101. Over 101, I'll hit e.r.