You are not my doctor - I have some appointments lined up to get this condition investigated some more, but I thought the smart folks of the SDMB might be able to contribute some ideas or insight…
About 3 weeks ago, I developed a cough that I thought was just the start of a bout of the common cold - a few days later, I still had the cough, but not really any of the other usual symptoms of a cold
It went on for a week like that, getting slowly but steadily worse - until it got to the point where the cough would wake me up multiple times in the night, struggling to breathe with a throat full of phlegm.
I went to the doctor at that time and was thoroughly examined - a chest infection was ruled out, but the doc gave me a prescription for amoxycillin, not to be started immediately, but to be kept in case I felt that a bacterial infection was beginning.
I sat on the prescription for about a week, and the cough did worsen, including some wheezing and rattling in my breathing - so I collected the pills and began taking them.
So the exact symptoms are (sorry, some of this is gross):
[li]nearly constant production of clear, salty phlegm - I can’t tell if it’s all originating in my sinuses or nose, but my nose is not running (in the direction of my nostrils) at all[/li][li]Sore throat[/li][li]Loss of voice (I sound like Barry White most of the time)[/li][li]Coughing fits that can sometimes escalate to trigger vomiting, or more commonly, leave me physically unable to inhale for 30 seconds or so - as if my larynx has shut completely.[/li][li]If I sniff hard (which I sometimes feel I need to, before trying to cough out an accumulation of phlegm), I sometimes smell a faint scent of ammonia[/li][/ul]
My temperature and blood pressure are normal - I am continuing the course of antibiotics to the end of the pack. I am about 2/3 of the way through the course.
If I lie flat on my back, I can get a whole night of sleep without waking up choking - if I sleep on my side or front, I get about an hour of rest before waking up in panic coughing and spluttering.
In total, it’s now been about 3 weeks since the start of this condition. In the mornings, I feel like maybe I am improving, but later in the day, things return to a poorer state.
I have more medical appointments booked, but would appreciate anyone else’s advice especially if you have experienced anything very similar.