539694 tn?1434565947

Flu like symptoms 6+ months

I am including this in a couple of forums for the sake of coverage. Over the past 6 months I haven't gone more than a couple of days without severe coughing and headaches. I also seem to alternate between a constantly running nose where I'll literally cough out liquid mucus in clear streams to the opposite where my nose, chest and throat seem blocked by green/brown mucus that is literally as thick as sludge.

I've never had anything like this before and I just can't shift it. 6 months ago I made a big life change occupation wise when I started a placement in a nursery to train as an early years practitioner (basically a carer for babies/toddlers). No one around me has been sick at all, neither the children nor the staff. I'm starting to wonder if I've started coming into contact with something that I'm massively allergic to, but what? Children? Truth be told I've actually worked with kids for years but only relatively recently made the switch to very very young children/babies.

In terms of working life I work 2 jobs 09:00-14:15 (my nursery which is unpaid) and 15:00-18:00 (working in an afterschool club as a playworker). So all in all I pull 10 hour days, about 50 hours a week and walk about 8 miles a day to and from and between jobs and home. Perhaps this will sound tough to some people but it's honestly nothing in comparison to my old work in the care sector where I would regularly pull 90 hour weeks and I was honestly never unwell, tired sure, but I really never got sick. I don't think I'm over worked but something is making me seriously sick.
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1415174 tn?1453243103
Hi and sorry you haven't been well. Do you have a fever with the cough and runny nose? Have you seen a doctor for it yet? I would get a sputum culture done to see if you have a bacterial infection. You have may have a virus or allergy but could also have a secondary infection. They can listen to your lungs and tell also and/or do a chest Xray if they want to. I would leave it up to the doctor to decide. Overall, the symptoms sound like a recurring cold. But the stuff you are coughing up sounds more like a possible bacterial infection. It doesn't really sound like an allergy. You may just be run down due to the extra work. Your immune system changes as you age and due to environmental factors and diet.

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