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I have had a cold/flu symptoms since just after christmas (7weeks ago)
The first lot of symptoms lasted just over a week and left me with a cough then after about a week of coughing, I begun to feel ill again with flu like symptoms after about 10 days I went to the GP who prescribed me with some antibiotics Oxytetracycline 500mg 4 times daily for 7 days these appeared to be helping but 2 days after the course was finished I begun to feel ill again only this time it felt worse than before, I returned to my gp after a week who said that I had a viral infection and there was nothing I could take for this - it will just take time to go.
Well almost a week later I still feel really ill, I am coughing throughout the day and night - getting very little sleep - which is tiring in its self, my chest feels very tight and my breathing a shallow, on occasion I feel dizzy and light headed.
I have got a hole in my heart, and from a young age I was always told my last GP that if I had cold/flu like symptons that I must go to the doctors and they will give me something to help my breathing etc... but since I have moved and had to change GP's I feel that I am not listened to and its almost as if he cant get rid of me quickly enough!
When I mentioned to my GP that I would like to see a specialist about my heart condition he was very dismisive and said that there was nothing on my notes about it and that these things are normally left.
I am just fed up with feeling ill and short of breath all I want is to feel better
can any one give me any advise on what I can take??





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