After 2 months, we had to fight and beg for X-Rays. My left lung hurt so much. Finally my voice slowly came back. It took til June until people could understand me on the phone. A doctors office called me in June to make an appointment. They hung up and called about an hour later, saying that their phone system wasn’t working well. They had a tech look at the system, and he was scheduled to come back and find out what was wrong. I finally convinced the appointment rep that it was me, and not the phones. By that time, they could hear most of my words, but electronics and hearing aids picked up and magnified the sketchy breathing.
Acute bronchitis, as the term implies, is a lower respiratory tract syndrome and another common source of acute cough. It manifests as a persistent cough, with or without sputum production, in patients with a normal chest radiograph. Although it is much less prevalent than the common cold, acute bronchitis is the most common diagnosis given to patients presenting to a physician with acute cough. It is caused by a respiratory virus more than 90% of the time. Viral cultures and serologic assays are not routinely ordered; hence, the organism responsible is rarely identified.