I found a new doc, I really like her. She gave me a full examination, gave me a breathing treatment, zpac, steroids and a chest xray. She listened to me explain my symptoms, didn't talk to me like I was an idiot, the office was very clean, the xray tech was right across the office complex and she sent my prescriptions directly to the pharmacy while I sat there, so they were ready before I even got there. I am already feeling better just from the steroid breathing treatment, a little jittery but at least I can breath. I am hoping by Monday I will be back to normal.
Actually the zpac is for the bronchitis I still have, thanks to my last doc giving me crappy ass amoxacillan. I am hoping it will help the sinuses too though. She also recommended over the counter saline nose spray for the sinuses.
And I'm the asshole that said steroids and saline nasal spray. Although, I'd recommend the nasal wash over the spray, much more effective. Keep the spray with you to use while out and about. Also great to use at Coachella to help avoid the Coachella flu.
Last edited by JustSteve; 03-15-2013 at 10:55 AM.
Also I regularly use the NeilMed Sinus Rinse and it is great. I credit rinsing my sinuses at night with getting me through the last two Coachellas without getting sick.
My doc gave me a box of the Neilmed Sinus Rinse kits, so I have about 40 of them in my closet. Maybe I should pass hem out at the fest this year. I'll post about it in the "be the change..." thread.
haha, I will take 2!
I am pretty convinced that what I have is not a virus, it may have started out that way but it worked it's way into an infection. I initially got sick the first week of January, I have spent over $300 on doctor visits, prescriptions and OTC meds. Had it been a virus I wouldn't have been sick for over 2 months.
Last edited by locachica73; 03-15-2013 at 11:10 AM.
FYI "infection" refers to both viruses and bacteria. And it is super possible to get a cold or whatever, and then while your immune system is trying to deal with that, bacteria can overgrow and colonize. I typically get both types of infections simultaneously.
The only reason you might think a Zpak would fix a viral infection is because typically your body overcomes viral infections in the same time-frame. That doesn't mean the Zpak did anything.
Although I agree that, for bacterial infections, Zpak is the best shit and pretty much fixes you right up.
I'm not even sure I believe that ENT infections are ever viral. I think it's bullshit doctors claim to be unhelpful assholes.
Loca will be the proof that I--as always--am incredibly right and that science is a bunch of hogwash.
Well I am only 3 days in to my 5 day pack and I feel so much fucking better. I can actually breath through my nose and I am not coughing up green shit. My throat is still a bit sore but I have faith by my last dose I will feel normal again. I want to go buy my new doc a fruit basket.
It's good to hear that you're feeling better!
Just to clarify its not that amoxicillin is "weaker" than azithromycin (ZPak) - they have slightly different ways of killing bacteria and therefore act on different bacterial infections. For example ZPak is probably better for ENT and amoxicillin for lung infections (a generalisation I know but you get the point).
Best wishes from a UK Doc.
I'm sure everyone in this thread will be thrilled to hear about zithromax and potentially lethal heart arrhythmias that's been in the news lately.
I was watching a documentary last night on John of God, a spiritual healer from Brazil. He stuck forceps up people's noses and pulled out chunks of mucus and fluid. Maybe some of you should take a trip down there. He also liked to scrape people's eyeballs or slice open their chest and stick his finger in the open wound. People seemed to love it.
I have a small pinch wound (blood blister?) on the underside of my ring finger that wont heal. It's been there since the end of December. WTF doctor?
NO thanks, I will take modern medicine with a side of heart arythmia over scraped eyeballs. My ex use to pin me down and lick my eyeball and that was horrible enough.
You attract very strange men, Audra.
Lick your eyeballs?! Yes, very strange men indeed.
Licking eyeballs...ewww chien andalusia