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Is there a doctor in the house? Is there a doctor in the house?

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Unread 11-11-2007, 06:57 AM
Is there a doctor in the house?

I'm SICK!!! Oh goodness, I need to cough and I can't. It HURTS! I've got some serious chest stuff going on here, I need to cough, I can't cough. Not even a tummy pillow helps.

Should I call the doctor? Which doctor, my gyno or my regular? Cough syrup? Expectorant or suppressant? Something else? A shotgun??

I'm 11 days post op (TAH 10/31).

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Unread 11-11-2007, 07:01 AM
Is there a doctor in the house?

My doctor was (is) very concerned about pneumonia after surgery. I would definitely call your doctor to discuss this.

Good luck and I hope you feel better soon.
Unread 11-11-2007, 07:06 AM
Is there a doctor in the house?

Oh my gosh, I thought I was being melodramatic with my thoughts of pneumonia. So I didn't even bring it up.

Should I wait until tomorrow or call my doctor today? I just let myself cough, about 3 times. Held my tummy as tight I could ... now I feel burning in various places.

Lord have mercy
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Unread 11-11-2007, 07:17 AM
Is there a doctor in the house?

I think you should call your dr, if for no other reason than to get something to help suppress the cough and to get you over this as quickly as possible. I'm sure caution with your lungs is a good thing, but you also can do damage if you have strong coughing so early post op.

I would call your surgeon first. Sometimes they will say call a GP, but it would be good for him/her to be aware that you are so sick. They will know what to watch for and might even have some good tips to help you keep from hurting yourself. Be sure to let them know how badly it hurts to cough.

I hope this clears up quickly. Make sure you're drinking lots of water. Let us know what you find out.
's, Rita
Unread 11-11-2007, 07:32 AM
Is there a doctor in the house?

I just talked to my surgeon. How totally cool of him to be available on a Sunday!

He said to call my regular doctor and see what she says. They may want me to go into the ER. In the meantime, I need to take a cough suppressant and take my temperature.

Ughh....I was doing so well. Today was the first day I didn't have to take any pain meds when I got up
Unread 11-11-2007, 09:32 AM
Is there a doctor in the house?

I'm so glad you talked with your doc. Have you called your family doc yet?

Just keep in mind that tomorrow may be a holiday.

Good luck!
Unread 11-11-2007, 09:40 AM
Is there a doctor in the house?

"I am not a doctor but I played one in Iraq"That is what i tell all of my friends when they ask me medical questions haha.but really,I hope that you feel better real soon and I have to agree with everyone else that if you cant really cough and get that crap out of your lungs that the ER might just be your best bet.They might be able to give you a nebulizer treatment to make everything thin and easier to cough up.And you may need an antibiotic to kick this thing.I am sending you hugs and healing thoughts so that you can enjoy feeling better!congrats on no pain meds needed this am.wish I could say the same.
Unread 11-11-2007, 10:16 AM
Is there a doctor in the house?

I did call my regular doctor, there was someone else filling in for her. He asked me some questions and told me to take robitussin dm and to keep an eye on what comes up and my temperature. And drink lots of hot tea, he said

My son gave me his inhaler, albuterol, I took two pumps of that and it seemed to help. The trick now I guess is to keep everything loose so it comes up easily and frequently.

I'm feeling better, not coughing so much now, but sore once again! So much for my pain-free morning LOL True to the general rule, one step forward, two steps back.

Tommorow is a holiday ?? Hmmm...I must be living in a bubble. Imagine that.

Unread 11-11-2007, 10:22 AM
Is there a doctor in the house?

well today is the actual hoilday it is vet's day but since it fall's on a sunday it is obsevered tomorrow.I am supposed to be a speaker at our VFW but I called and bowed out since I am not sure i can stand for long enough to give my talk.they were very understanding about it.I am glad to hear that the inhaler sure to drink lots of fluid with robitussin as it is an expectent and fluids will help thin everything and help it come up!hang in there!
Unread 11-11-2007, 10:55 AM
Is there a doctor in the house?

keep an eye on how youre feeling and if you start getting achy and the cough doesnt go away, go to the dr's. i got bacterial pneumonia after my hernia surgery. the dr put me on vicoden for 2 weeks because its a cough suppressant. i had never heard of that before but when i'd take it, i wouldnt cough. i was also extremely high for 2 weeks. theres nothing worse than coughing after surgery

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