Bad Upper Respiratory Illness

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Anyone else having bad upper respiratory illness, with cough and ear infection? 

 

Did not not seem to be flu, no fever. 

 

Complications: ear infection and ruptured ear drums. 

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For me, it is best to see a doctor for that just to be sure. And you’d be prescribed meds if needed. If you can’t make a Termin today, there is also the Bereitschaftspraxis that is open late afternoon until late at night, including weekends. 

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Methinks that there is some nasy bug going around, I have been coughing and spluttering for almost two weeks now, half of Bavaria seems to be off work. :-(

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4 hours ago, retej said:

Anyone else having bad upper respiratory illness, with cough and ear infection? 

 

Did not not seem to be flu, no fever. 

 

Complications: ear infection and ruptured ear drums. 

 

Your location says North America so probably not the same coughing fits that are going on here.

 

I slept through the night without coughing for the last 2 nights. The previous 7 nights or so I started coughing as soon as I got horizontal in my bed and coughed all night. Not so much in the daytime. It was a dry, hacking cough. Doc said me lungs were clear so I just had to wait it out.

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Fraufruit

 

You are correct, I am not in Deutschland. 

 

I am asking this this question because my daughter and her family are there. They live in Bad Homburg area and had just returned from a brief trip to Austria, when they all began to get sick.

 

Whatever this is, is no joke. First just your usual upper respiratory and coughing, but just when you think it is getting better, it attacks the ears. 

 

They are outside Bonn area now, near grandparents home, trying to recover. 

 

Seen by physicians there and prescribed antibiotics. 

 

One of the grandkids had particularly bad case with both ear drums rupturing and lots of fluid leaking. 

 

They were told to follow follow up with ENT doc. 

 

While family miserable. Son-in-law was just here on business and I was actually afraid we might catch this bizarre stuff.

 

Not to mention contact with the German grandparents who are trying to be of help and want to spend time with the kids. 

 

Just wondered what others experiences were. This sounds pretty extreme, so I figured others are going thru the same. 

 

I’ve been googling from here, trying to find what it is. 

 

So, I was not trying to be an imposter or anything. 

 

Just concerned Grandma in the States.

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Thanks, I understand now. I wasn't accusing you of anything.

 

It sounds nasty and must be very worrying for you. I hope they are all on the mend here. Must be really bad to get on antibiotics over here. They don't give them out lightly as it should be.

 

Maybe they picked it up in Austria. I hope your son in law isn't infecting people in airplanes.

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Yes, it is frustrating. Wish I was able to be there and help my daughter with the kids. 

 

My son son in law seems to be on the mend. He’s been sick for well over a week, so hopefully not contagious. 

 

This stuff seems extra tough and so odd the way it involves the ears just when they seem to be improving. 

 

The youngest had your typical earache. Then they actually thought the older child was just acting out, because he actually seemed outwardly to be feeling better.

 

Now my daughter, who also thought she was much improved, has developed the ear stuff too. She says now that she is apparently experiencing everything the kids went thru, she feels really bad that she doubted her son. 

 

Just hoping the worst is over. The doctor she saw told her she could take the antibiotics or not, so at first she did not have the prescription filled. 

 

I agree, these are not given lightly. And she certainly is not one to take much in the way of meds. Her father-in-law had the script filled yesterday and she broke down and is now taking them.

 

Son in law flies home today. 

 

Definitely no fun for him either. Be interesting to see if he develops the whole ear thing as well. He seems to be made of tougher stuff!

 

And yes, possibly picked up in Austria. Now that I think about it, the kids eyes were all red. They thought it was from the brightness of the sun on snow. Sunburned eyes. Which it may well have been, but also possibly first signs of a virus?

 

Stay well everyone!

 

 

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This has turned into a horrible ordeal.

 

I am tempted to post another title, to determine if others are having the same issues.

 

Both my grandson’s ear drums ruptured as a result. 

 

This illness seems to attack the ears, just when you feel you are slightly better from the respiratory issues. It begins with cough.

 

Now my adult daughter cannot hear. Horrible pressure in the ears and tinnitus.

 

Her husband will accompany her to a third doctor, ENT (HNO) specialist in Bad Homburg tomorrow. 

 

I feel like pressure needed to have been relieved somehow before this. This has gone on too long. 

 

Something may may have been lost in translation. My son in law needs to emphasize the severity. 

 

I have never heard of anything like this, where not only the kids have an ear infection, but the parent as well. 

 

That is is why I was hoping someone on here could share a similar experience and what was done about it. 

 

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Perhaps now it’s just at a point where they should go to the emergency room? The only

time I’ve had an ear infection was after having moved to Germany as an adult. I was at work and went straight to the ER afterwards, and they gave me antibiotics right away and it cleared up. I don’t think I had what your daughter has, and I don’t think it was nearly as serious, but they didn’t turn me away at the ER either. So maybe that’s an option?

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She has an appointment tomorrow with an ENT Dr.

 

So far she was seen for the respiratory illness by a Dr near her in laws. Her son’s pediatrician took a look at her ear and then the University clinic. She was told the antibiotics were optional by the first doc. Then when she began to feel much worse she went ahead & began the course. 

 

Took Ibuprofen 400mg pretty much round the clock for pain as well. 

 

The University Clinic doc said to follow up if not better in 3 days. So that is what she is doing. 

 

He had some doubts as to whether the antibiotic would be effective. And that seems to be the case. 

 

So frustrating. Hoping for some resolution tomorrow. 

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Follow up visit, she was given some sort of med to help dissolve mucus. 

 

Hearing tests run, but do not think results were given on the spot. 

 

She’s been told the last resort will be to operate and drain. 

 

Seems like a long time and nothing improving. 

 

Each doctor keeps waiting for improvement. 

 

She tried getting the message across about how scared she is. 

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That must be really painful! I hope your family feel better soon. I cannot believe the doctors are waiting for improvement. Have they at least been given any medicine? Antibiotics etc?

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Thanks for your concern Anna.

 

That is actually my daughter’s nickname.

 

She was in tremendous pain initially and took ibuprofen. 

 

She was given antibiotic as well, more for the respiratory illness. 

 

This last doctor has prescribed something   else to break up mucous (I know, gross), although she had previously taken something similar to Mucinex.

 

They mentioned cutting into eardrum as a last resort, to relieve pressure, but explained that the adult eardrum takes longer to heal, so I think they are trying to avoid that if possible. 

 

I do not believe she is in pain like she was, but loss of hearing and lots of inner noises. 

 

I will be angry if after all of this, there is any mention of something needing to have been done sooner. 

 

From her part, she keeps trying and has seen doctors. 

 

She has a history of very bad luck w/doctors, so I know she is traumatized. 

 

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