Well it appears my worsening cough is the beginning stages of acute bronchitis. Yay me. I've had it off and on in my life, so I recognize the cough "aftertaste", and last night I went to bed and slept which was very unusual. That coupled with chest pain sent me to the computer to test my symptoms and my sudden epiphany this might be the case. Sure enough: Severe cases may also cause general malaise and chest pain.
I don't have the wheezing yet, which is good, but I found that you shouldn't take a cough suppressent during acute bronchitis, which I've been guzzling like mad because this cough is way too much for me to take. Can't sleep, can't work, can't do anything other than cough up a lung. Now it looks like I have to go back on an expectorant to get the nastiness up. Good news is I don't think I am in need of an inhaler yet, I've had bronchitis that bad before - generally because I let it go without any medical treatment.
I also read the disheartening news that acute bronchitis lasts about ten days. This is not good news. I was hoping to be back into routine by tomorrow. Now it depends on how I feel - which at the moment is pretty cruddy. My chest still hurts and I can't take the cough suppressent.
Yes I'll have some cheese with my whine. Low fat, please.
Anyhoo. I'm going to go feel sorry for myself on the couch with my Vicks vaporub and my <making face> Robitussen.