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How many of us have the chest-coldy virus that hangs on and on and on?  The one that makes you cough until you whimper, steals your senses of taste and smell, doesn't seem to care about codeine and lasts and lasts and lasts?

I started coughing on November 5th, the same day I had the ill-fated biopsy on my back that got infected.  Mr. escapee started on the 8th.  The coughs got more and more savage, our heads turned to concrete, and of course we went to the doctor and he had it too.   And we still have it, and so does he.

Chest x-rays show nothing.  Throat cultures: nothing.  Clear mucous.  It's like a normal cold to the infinite power.

I know it's not just in Delaware.  How many of us have, or have had, this?  How long did it take you to get over it?  What did the doctor give you?  

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  •  Tip Jar (16+ / 0-)

    "Republicans are poor losers and worse winners." - My grandmother, sometime in the early 1960s

    by escapee on Wed Jan 02, 2013 at 11:53:42 AM PST

  •  Hope you get better soon!!! (7+ / 0-)

    I've been having sinus issues for the past few weeks.  But, nothing as bad as what you two have.

  •  i been fighting this since (10+ / 0-)

    the end of November.  Caught it while on the road. almost cleared up and then roared back.  For the past week i been coughing like a revolutionary war cannon.  My gut hurts like I been doing 200 sit ups.  I'm finally on some antibiotics that seem to be getting my lungs cleared out.

  •  escapee, I am so sorry to hear this. (5+ / 0-)
  •  Ah yes, the Death Rattle (5+ / 0-)

    The husband and I caught it around Halloween and it didn't stop until for me until I took antibiotics around Thanksgiving. The husband refuses to take antibiotics and still has off and on coughing. It's getting better but it's taking forever.

    Unfortunately this has also been the case with our coworkers. It's been awful.

  •  November 15 for me, a week later for Mrs. JayBat (7+ / 0-)

    In both cases, "ordinary" colds that turned into bronchitis. I suppose we can count Bush 41 in our group also, from the sound of it. I've only had bronchitis once before, many years ago, and not for this long (6 weeks now).

    I didn't ask our GP about antibiotics, but Mrs. JayBat did, and the doctor went ahead and prescribed high-dosage amoxicillin, saying "wait 10 days, then fill it if you're not improving".  Mrs. JayBat did that 12/26, rebounded sharply for a few days (might or might be related to the amoxicillin), but went back to the same course of suffering as me.

    Joy of joys, I am about 50% better today, and I feel like I'll probably be OK in another 3-5 days. So that'll be 7 weeks start to finish for me...

    Pretty sure it's not from Mars, though! :-)


  •  It's reared its ugly head (6+ / 0-)

    here in SE Michigan, too.  My husband had it for about three weeks, and I'm going on my fourth week.  It doesn't respond to any traditional medications.  I am getting better - now it's mostly cold weather that gets to me.  I can't imagine having it for two months!  Get well soon.

  •  N TX (5+ / 0-)

    Have had it since late October.  Has turned into pneumonia once.  Then it went away for two weeks, and now back again.  

    It hit two nights ago, already needing breathing treatment.  A hospital visit sounds good right now.  Lungs hurt, cant breathe, head fuzzy.  

    Back onto antibiotics and all their side effects.

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    by tacklelady on Wed Jan 02, 2013 at 01:10:47 PM PST

  •  There is something going around everywhere (3+ / 0-)
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    and it does not get a flu diagnosis.  It is viral.  What is is no one knows.  You do get congested somewhere.  Head, chest, ears, etc.  I took something around thanksgiving, went to the Doc on the 2nd of Dec...given a round of antibiotics for ear congestion and almost deaf
    then of course the sinus drainage but this junk affect different people in different ways.  

     Our 7 year old,  Runny nose and finally a mild cough   Did have fever though... Go figure...  Doc said she had croup.... My husband has the cough.the congestion, in the bed sick kind.   My son had everything..the  runs, the cough, the congestion, and the only thing we all had in common was the sudden onset and the sore throat.  The second common factor is it hit end of November.  The other thing.. you get better and it comes back.   Funny part oyr 17 year old, the one with the weakest immune did not get a darn thing.   Go figure.

    Aji told me she had the same thing.

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    by Vetwife on Wed Jan 02, 2013 at 01:12:26 PM PST

  •  I had it bad for 3 weeks, (3+ / 0-)

    was on 2 courses of antibiotics because it settled and made a home in my chest, turning into bronchitis, and it took more than a month after that to get rid of it completely.  Worse cold to hit me in I don't remember when.  Wound up in the ER one  night receiving breathing treatments.  Nasty stuff.  And this is GA.

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    by AnnieR on Wed Jan 02, 2013 at 01:34:05 PM PST

  •  Hubby has had it for 4 weeks (3+ / 0-)

    and 2 days.  He was finally diagnosed with walking pneumonia via lab test but xrays were clear.  A friend and our vet are down with it.  Hubby has had one buttshot of cortisone plus a 4-in-one shot of anitbiotics last month.  Inhaler was replaced with nebulizer and and another round of mycins so we see some progress.  No fever but flu-like pain all over and he's missed a ton of work, fortunately paid days off.  I've never seen him this sick and he has no energy whatsoever.  At times we both think death is a better alternative and scenes from the movie "Alien" keep coming up.

    Oh, for Pete's sake!

    by sow hat on Wed Jan 02, 2013 at 01:35:25 PM PST

  •  Tons of people in SC have it (3+ / 0-)
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    too.....diagnosed as "mini-flu" for some people.  Antibiotics don't even clear up the congestion.  It's been hanging around our house for a month.

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    by PsychoSavannah on Wed Jan 02, 2013 at 01:49:25 PM PST

  •  NOT just a personal diary (3+ / 0-)
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    This is affecting millions. My wife has had it a month. Three of our friends have gone to the ER with it, kids and adults.I had it three weeks. If it's the flu, which is by no means certain, then the CDC says Tennessee is one of the eight hardest hit states. I'm foregoing The Hobbit and all other seasonal blockbuster hits, staying out of movie theaters, and just wait for the dvds this summer. For seniors like me there's just too much risk. Hang in there, and take vitamins!

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    by bisleybum on Wed Jan 02, 2013 at 02:52:19 PM PST

  •  Sounds like what I have, San Francisco Bay (1+ / 0-)
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    Area. I have several other things goind on, from before it hit so that it is relegated to a lower level of concern and treatment status.

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    by enhydra lutris on Wed Jan 02, 2013 at 04:45:19 PM PST

  •  FlashfyreSP had it around Halloween. (0+ / 0-)

    He stayed home from work for a week solid -- first time I have ever seen my husband that sick.  I had to take him to the doc-in-a-box for cough syrup and an inhaler.  I was terrified I'd get it.

    He eventually got better -- he has a really tough immune system.  I breathed a sigh of relief, much too soon.  Lo and behold, I came down with it exactly one week before Christmas.  

    I still think it started some sort of influenza.  I had fever, shaking, chills, glop that would not drain, no appetite.  I finally started to feel a bit more human Christmas Eve, but by Thursday last week I was coughing so hard FSP had to sleep in the guest room.  Friday morning he put his foot down, and off I went to the doc-in-a-box.  They took X-rays, ran a nasal swab culture, then put me on a breathing treatment that left me dizzied and shaking.  Then they sent me home with antibiotics, a codeine-based cough syrup and an inhaler.

    I still have a bit of a cough, but it's really not bad now.  The worst thing is that I feel so run down.  I have very little appetite, to the point that I have lost six pounds over the last two weeks.  At this point I am just about resigned to being susceptible to whatever-the-hell-it-is until spring and warmer weather.

    My sister also has it in North Florida.  She's been sick for three weeks, which is very dangerous for an asthmatic.  I'm very worried about her.

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    by Noor B on Wed Jan 02, 2013 at 05:12:31 PM PST

  •  I got it at beginning of November (N. Virginia) (0+ / 0-)

    Given that it was viral I didn't get antibiotics for it, just took sudafed to try to keep my sinuses clear (I tend to get sinusitis) and a decongestive cough medicine to help control the cough and clear out the mucus. They didn't work well, however.
    The virus hung on for a good six weeks with chills, night sweats, a wheezing incessant cough and bad head congestion--I had to get on a plane the second week of December and thought my ears would never get over it.
    I started taking long naps just before Christmas and that finally seemed to help clear it up.
    Fortunately my infection didn't turn into bronchitis or pneumonia, but a couple of my family members who had it ended up having to use inhalers.
    My advice--seriously curtail your activities and get plenty of sleep or at least rest.
    I wonder if this is some kind of flu that wasn't expected in this year's mix and therefore wasn't included in the flu vaccine. I was vaccinated for flu at the beginning of October.
    It's a nasty bug. Hope you feel better soon.

  •  So that's what it's called. (0+ / 0-)

    We're in NJ.  It went through our whole family starting sometime in the middle of December.  Hubby thought it was a bad case of allergies... then he went down for the count day after Christmas, and was out the rest of the week.  He is sort of recovered.  

    I can't seem to go to bed at night without coughing up a lung.  I get sinusitis a lot (which tries to turn into bronchitis), but so far, that hasn't happened (for which I am especially grateful).  But I am really tired from not sleeping well.

    My mom is here visting me, and she made some concoction with honey, garlic, squeezed lemon, and brandy.  I'm going to try it tonight and see if I get to sleep tonight without the nightmarish cough-fest.   I just hope I don't pass it on to her, or her boyfriend.

  •  I fear mine is just starting (0+ / 0-)

    My cough is brutal.  2 weeks but no other symptoms.  No fever, chills, no flu or other illnesses or allergies that my Dr. can find.  I was given a Zpack, strong cough medicine and steriod shot.  Nothing has stopped this persistent cough that is starting to wear me down.  Here in Dallas the Dr.'s office filled with flu patients but I think there is something else going around.  A few years ago, I had really bad heartburn and that caused me to cough- wondering if it is some kind of combo.  Gonna try the honey, lemon, brandy method tonight with a shot of pepcid to see if that works.  Heating pad with vicks and sleeping upright in a chair helps a bit, too.  I hope you get well soon!

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