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I've been having health issues. It started with this... cold? Flu? Whatever it is that I caught back in December. Fever, headache, COUGHING, pretty standard stuff. The first two -- the fever and the headache -- went away in a few days. 

The coughing and the phlegm did not.

They stayed, and so did the stamina reduction that comes with pretty much every kind of illness. Here's the part that really sucks: they're STILL HERE. It's been three months, and I'm not feeling any better. If anything, I'm on a downward slope. Appetite's been kind of spotty the last few months, but I track calories and have managed to make myself eat as much as I normally had. Last few days, though? It's evolved from 'spotty' to 'persistent problem.'

I work from home and make just enough money to get by. That means no health insurance, and not enough $$$ to see a doctor just to make sure this isn't something supah serious. (So please don't tell me to go see a doctor.)

I'm not quite... worried. I'm just really annoyed, and feeling a little suffocated, emotionally speaking.

So many artistic things I want to do, but just can't. My body's been demanding lots and lots of sleep. I work, I take care of stuff around the house, and exercise when I am able. Then it's all zzzz.

We'll see how I fare in a few days. If my appetite improves on its own, I'll draw something to celebrate. :) That would be a very good sign. The picture probably won't be anything remarkable; I kind of have forgotten how to draw, and I'm not in any position to spend lots of time polishing out every detail. But it will be better than nothing, yes?
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Exillior Featured By Owner May 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
... Whooping cough, often called hundred days cough? :? Hope you're feeling better now. :heart:
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Adelaide-Morain Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014
I'm shocked by how many responses you've already gotten. I thought I was actually going to be a fast responder this time around. 

This sounds rather similar to what I had over the summer. It starts out acting like a cold or the flu but then once you get rid of a few symptoms it kinda turns into something else. Once, when I was little, it turned into pneumonia. This past summer for my sister, my friend Morgan, and I, it turned into a hard to shake bronchitis. 

I'm with you on the whole not-going-to-the-doctor-thing but I wasn't able to get rid of it until I went to a clinic that only takes the uninsured and had them prescribe me antibiotics. The Antibiotics weren't that expensive though. I don't know what else to recommend unless there are other ways to treat bronchitis efficiently. This seems to be an illness that is going around a lot.

(On a side note, since you mentioned being uninsured, make sure you sign up for Obama's health dealy so that you don't get fined. I don't know much about it; you may know way more than me, but I thought it'd be better to just make sure you were aware. When Devin and Bri mentioned it last week I had no idea what they were talking about)
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Koto-wari Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014
Everyone already a lot and I don't know enough of American Health service to provide any advice.

Regardless, I wish you well and a speedy recovery.
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AyaReiko Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014  Student General Artist
I hope it's nothing too serious. And I hope you start feeling better soon! :heart:
But I agree you should maybe look up your symptoms online see if it's worse then you think it might be and hopefully some over the counter stuff can help.
Can't hurt to talk to a pharmacist about it and see if they can do anything for you.
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DestructoKat Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
My friend ended up with chronic bronchitis when she couldn't stop coughing like this either. If you have been coughing for this long, I don't think you're going to get over it on your own.
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wulfmune Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014
hope you feel better soon hon ;_; its hard to get started drawing after a long break of not feeling well. try to take it easy and be kind to yourself.
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bribble Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014   Digital Artist
Eee that sucks!
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StarMasayume Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Awe a whole bunch of us caught the flu in December and my roommate got it the worst (think we caught it from her), she was in the hospital before Christmas for Pneumonia and Flu. Fiance was worried about me since my coughing took a good month or longer to fully go away. I'm with you, work from home and can't easily afford health insurance. You could try the walk-in clinic for walgreens, they should be about $50. I went to the doctors some month ago (wasn't something walgreens could do but gave me advice on some local doctors) and was clear I didn't have insurance. They were nice I got a prescription and the visit was maybe $75 or so. See what you can find out online with your symptons, any over the counter treatment for coughing/phlegm. My fiance was worried about me getting bronchitis so don't take it too lightly and if you're not sure what you should take or need a prescription it doesn't hurt TOO bad for a visit without insurance (still way cheaper than a year of insurance).
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merillizaART Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
This is EXACTLY what is happening to me right now. But mine's shorter. Same thing, typical flu/cold, after getting better 3 weeks ago, my coughs suddenly came back and became worse. I found out that I have developed acute bronchitis. I still have the coughs right now and when it starts it just never stops. Y_Y I feel that maybe yours is the same. No matter how long my rests are, they never seem to fade away. But don't lose hope! Just keep taking care of yourself (reading the comments below are wonderful, I'm sure they will help) and take it easy until it's completely gone. I'm doing the same, it's quite a bummer when painting for long hours however since we have to limit ourselves for a while.
I hope you feel better soon and show us your awesome arts. ^_^ :hug:
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Plainevil Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014
Everyones said everything. So i will just say. with calm patience and faith. I'll be waiting, you'll get better :)
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AkiaWalker Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh I'm so sorry to hear you're not feeling well! ; A ;
Perhaps you should take the advise of some of the earlier comments and start a donation pool to go see a doctor?

And if all else fails, tea makes everything better. - 3 -
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theonlytoner Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014
aww I'm so sorry to hear that. Drink plenty of water and take it easy yeh? Get well soon.
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Ernoma Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014  Student General Artist
Take care as best you can, Kei. My friend is also in a situation as yourself, as he also can't art for too long because of his health conditions...
As long as you're not having breathing problems or lung problems, it shouldn't be Pneumonia atleast. Stay relatively safe ! :heart:
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RisingSunfish Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm sorry you're feeling crummy... not being able to draw is frustrating, especially since you can't channel that frustration into your creative outlet. Hope you get better soon!
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Toramiyo Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I know you said you're short on cash, but I would.. highly recommend an urgent care clinic. if you need to, ask your friends for a few dollars in donations. I'm sure if you put up a donation paypal account here, you would even have a few bucks chipped in by your artist friends. they know how rough it can be, and the ones with a little extra change can probably get away with sparing a few bucks.

if you feel uncomfortable with this, just keep track of who has donated to you, and when you're feeling better you can maybe sketch a little thank you image and just update us when you're feeling better. Your health is very important and you do have people who will support you.

My body is pretty awful about sicknesses too and takes months to get over certain things. like someone else said, an ER visit would be MUCH more expensive than an urgent care clinic for an antibiotic prescription, or at least to check that you don't have walking pneumonia.  Hopefully you feel better in a few days, and this is nothing to worry about, but definitely keep an open mind about alternatives.

If you're still phlegmy, try removing dairy and citrus from your diet. they actually stimulate mucous production and can make healing much more miserable. Humidity will also help as well, so keeping a few dishes of water near wherever you sit will help with humidity levels in a room raise and ease breathing/coughing- or just hang a wet towel in the room. zinc+vitamin C shoots white blood cell production through the roof to aid in fighting off bugs, and if you need a boost of energy, try anything with potassium, magnesium, or B12. Banana's are lovely if you can get them and are mood boosters.

Good luck getting better!
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anjyil Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
As everyone said--best bet is to head to the doctors and check it out.  Your timing is impeccable--I just found the cause for my non-stoppable coughing.  Luckily, no real phlegm problem, but the coughing was the worst.  And it happened every year for the past three years (This is the fourth year).  It always started after a nasty cold (lucky me, I don't seem to be appealing to flus).  The coughs can be debilitating. They took me to my knees sometimes.  I couldn't do much, and exercise was out for months.

There are many many possible causes for it.  Allergies.  Bronchitis.  Microplasma.  Mine turned out to be coughing-variant asthma.  All of these will be yearly, and it is horrible.  I strongly advise you to find a doctor.  Ask them to test you for these things---some of them are harder to catch than others.  Coughing-asthma is kind of "new" (I use the term loosely) and really hard to catch because of all the other possibilities.  There are lots of clinics that work on sliding scales, or "free clinics."  Go to them.  I am saying this because I really don't want to see anyone go through the torment and tears I went through for the last four years because I couldn't stop this thing.  Now I am finally getting the right medication and thus getting my life back.  It is worth it, trust me.  Don't make the mistakes I did and put it off.  The coughing can seriously damage your lungs, especially if it is strong enough.  I hope you are luckier than me and it is something that is curable :)
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TAHernandez Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Awww, you poor thing. I'm sorry you've been feeling so sick. I can definitely relate to not having health insurance and not being able to see a doctor. My employer doesn't provide health insurance and we're on a pretty tight budget so the only time I ever go to the doctor is when I have to take my kids. Other than that, I just tough it out and sometimes that does suck and it feels like it fakes forever to get well again. Whatever you have sounds awful. :( I hope you feel better very soon though. *hug* Hang in there.
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LadyWinter Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014
Does sound a lot like bronchitis hopefully not progressed to pneumonia. Kinda seems like you'd need antibiotics for it honestly. Is your phlegm colored? Make sure you keep drinking lots of fluids to help keep that junk loose enough to cough out of your lungs.
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Lyricanna Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Sounds like a possible sinus infection but so many things share symptoms, who can say?  I do hope that you get better soon :hug:  Lots of tea if you're a tea person =)
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hpanna47 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014
D: Good luck and feel better!
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temporos Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Sounds like a nasty case of chronic bronchitis. I had that a few years ago, and it was downright miserable. Wound up in the ER, because I couldn't breathe at one point for all the phlegm my lungs were producing.

I know you asked us not to say this, but please see your doctor. Now. I am uninsured, like you, and I would rather have been $200 in debt for a doctor's appointment and some antibiotics than the $3600 I wound up in for the ER visit. If you see a doctor, you'll save money in the long run, and you'll feel better. Or, at the least, you'll know what's wrong.
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Morncreek Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I hope your health improves soon. Huggle! 
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Balin84 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014
I'm sorry to hear that. Being sick is no fun, especially when it's the kind of illness that leave you fatigued and worn out. :(

I'm sure you've already tried a lot of stuff, but if I may be bold enough to offer some advice? If it's available and you can afford it, the drug Mucinex can help thin out mucus and chest congestion, and if you're having sinus congestion you can try the decongestant pseudoephedrine (Sudafed). It's been my experience that these things work great, and they can be bought relatively cheaply. Sudafed (the kind with actual pseudoephedrine) can usually only be bought at a pharmacy; you'll have to ask at the pharmacy counter to buy it, the stuff sold over the counter doesn't have strong enough ingredients in my experience. But you can get generic Mucinex at most stores that carry over the counter pharmaceuticals, and it's a lot cheaper than buying from a drugstore. And if you want to avoid medications or have already tried them, tea, soup and other warm foods can help with chest congestion too.

Like I said, I'm sure you've tried a lot of things, and possibly even these remedies. But if you haven't, you might want to try this. Hope you get well soon!
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Uruboros Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014  Professional Writer
Most likely would be pneumonia or something similar, but I think you need a prescription for the medicines they usually give you for that.
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Mokoni Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014  Professional Artist
I would suggest for you to try to look into going to an urgent care clinic.
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endspire Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
oh no. I've never heard of something like this before! I hope you get well soon and that you get lots of rest! 
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