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#1 kellyA

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Posted 28 March 2008 - 11:18 AM

Hello all,

I have a cold/sinus infection something that started a few days ago, I have intersittal lung disease and currently undergoing cytoxian treatments, Im debating about going to see my dr for this cold, this is the first time I've been sick in quite a long time, my white blood cells were low last month (probley the chemo) I don't really want to go on antibiotics I want to see if I can get rid of this cold myself, I started taking over the conter stuff and it's working a littel.

Do you think Im being stubborn and I should go and see the dr?

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Posted 28 March 2008 - 11:59 AM

KellyA,
See your doctor immediately! A cold can delay your next cytoxan. My doctor won't give me one if I'm any bit sick. Also, sclero + cytoxan, which lowers your blood counts, makes getting over a cold very difficult. Please take care of yourself and watch those cold meds. They can do funny things with your blood pressure. Consult a pharmacist so you don't get a medication mix-up.

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Posted 28 March 2008 - 12:03 PM

Hi Kelly,

Sorry to hear you're under the weather on top of everything else that is going on with you. This has been a bad year for colds/flus. You may want to see your doctor regarding this since you do have lung issues. I had a bad flu that lasted at least a week, so maybe if you arent' feeling any better by tomorrow, schedule an appointment. It can't hurt. Discuss other options and explain your concerns about antibiotics.

Hope you feel better soon, and please keep us posted on how you are doing.

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Posted 28 March 2008 - 12:04 PM

Two things, kellyA. First, if what you have is a cold, antibiotics will not help anyway. As the old saying goes, if you treat it with [insert favorite treatment here] the cold will be gone in two weeks, if you don't it will last for 14 days. In other words, no matter what you do, a cold or other virus infection, will run its course. The best thing to do for this is rest, keep warm and drink plenty of fluids.

If you have a secondary infection however, you should see your doctor, especially in light of your previous low white cell count. If there is an infection the mucous will likely be greenish instead of white or clear. The over the counter remedies are good only for symptoms. Be careful they don't contain anything that would interact with any of your prescription meds.

If I were in your circumstances, I would call the doctor's office and ask for advice on whether you should come in. Hope you feel better soon.
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Posted 29 March 2008 - 06:18 PM

I know I'm probably a little late with this, but what peanut said...

I have pulmonary fibrosis and am currently doing cytoxan treatments and my doctor will not give me a treatment if I'm a little sick.

So yeah... get in touch with your doctor. It may be an infection and not just a cold, and that is not a good thing!

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Posted 30 March 2008 - 05:26 AM

How are you feeling Kelly? I hope you are feeling better. If not, please contact your doctor if you haven't already. If you are coughing up green or yellow sputum, then definitely contact your doctor!

Hoping you are doing better.
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#7 kellyA

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Posted 30 March 2008 - 01:06 PM

Im feeling much better today, I am coughing up green, however, I took an expectorant and that really did the trick, I think Im on the road to recovery and I do not have another treatment until May...Thanks for all your replies, you guys are wonderful....