My partner has quite severe emphysema & in January suffered 2 heamothorax in succession (left lung)... having recovered remarkably well (considering the poor condition of his lungs?!), he had a good 5 weeks where he put weight back on and was only using oxygen for exercising, breathing was 'back to normal'....However several weeks ago he contracted a chest infection (in the right lung) which hospitalised him once again. He has been home for three weeks but doesn't seem to be improving much. His breathing has improved but he is completing a 3rd course of antibiotics with no sign of losing the 'racking cough' and thick yellow sputum. His upper chest is quite sore with sharp pain high on the right side & under the right armpit.. his heart was 'checked out' both times he was hospitalised (OK results but he was prescribed an asprin and blood pressure tablets which he has never needed before).... he has loss of appetite, saying everything tastes extremely salty (eventhough not using any salt) & is losing weight and can only get relief from the pain in his chest when lying down....is this chest pain caused by the emphysema or is it related to the infection? Do you think when these antibiotics are finished the infection might recur? His GP doesn't want to see him again unless his condition worsens & his appointment with the specialist isn't for another 2 weeks...your opinion on this would be appreciated
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