Time for yet another one of my “I’m sick and have no health insurance, please help me” threads. (As always, Moe exercises great caution to refrain from turning this into a GD or pit thread about the f$$ked up Health care system in the states).
I got a cold about 2 weeks ago, peaked out actually 2 weeks tomorrow. I self treated it with my usual combo of zinc, echinachea, and mega-doses of vitamin C, and I seemed to get better fairly rapidly after that. However, about 3-4 days passed the peak, when I was feeling about 95%, a lingering cough was still apparent, and it has gotten gradually worse since. Tonight I have been coughing violently, certainly the worst night in the passed week and a half. There is also a constant sore spot in my chest.
This leads me to believe I have bronchitus. Damn!
I wanted to say “bronchial infection”, which leads me to my first question:
Is “bronchitus” just another word for “infection” of that area? and if not, what exactly is bronchitus?
What exactly is going on with me based on my description of my symptoms?
Whatever it is, will it go away on its own? Will my body’s natural defenses eventually be victorious against it?
What can I do without going to a doctor? If it’s an infection do I need antibiotics?
Are there any OTC antibiotic-like products I can take? Any vitamins or supplements that can strengthen my body’s natural defenses? A friend of mine told me that Goldenseal acts as an antibiotic. Now, as she is someone deeply involved in every new age practice from Taro to astrology to Raeki to astral travelling to etc., I take everything she says with a huge chunk of salt, but goldenseal is a fairly popular product in healthfood stores, and it is often paired with echinachea, for which there is strong evidence in support of its efficacy. So what’s the dope on that?
Anything else I should know about bronchitus, infections, my body’s defenses (or lack thereof), treatments, other?
I’m coughing my friggin head off, and it’s driving me crazy!!! HELP!!! Pl… ::cough, choke, gasp:: PLEASE!!! ::thump, thump, roll::
(we need a rolling head sad emoticon, no?)