let me give you a bit of information on my habits and lifestyle. i am 19 years old. in many ways, i am extraordinarily healthy. i am 5'9.5 and 120 lbs. i work out five times a week, and eat very healthy foods. i always take multi-vitamins, but never too many. i most likely take too many vitamin C pills a day, but those are rather innocent. i have been a vegetarian since i was two years old, but i consume a lot of protein. i do not drink too often, but when i do, it's heavy. i have also been smoking since i was 15 years old, and am up to a pack to over a pack a day. i smoke ultra lights, although i am aware that the only thing that makes the "light" is the position of your mouth as you inhale. i drink coffee frequently, and take celexa and klonopin for panic disorder, which seems to be completely under control. i usually get enough sleep, although i have to take tylenol PM to "get there".
early on in my life, i was diagnosed with slight athletes asthma and was give albuteral inhalers as needed. however, i recently have had my a lung funtion test and my lungs were found to be completely normal, as i thought. we repeated the tests a few times, and still - normal.
my concern is this: despite the fact that smoking increases respiratory distress, i seem to be getting abnormally and frequently ill. i have been hospitalized twice for pneumonia, and both times was give steroids and breathing treatements. i have also had bronchitis and related conditions over five times. currently i am experiencing something a bit more alarming...
i have a persistent and terrifying dry cough. it began to develop at work this morning, and by the evening i was vomitting from the severity of the cough. i would not have a break of more than five seconds between coughs unless i took an "over"dose of my codeine cough syrup, left over from the bronchitis i got over two weeks ago. the cough, unlike my others, is completely unproductive. i have also coughed my throat so raw that droplets of blood are spewing onto the napkins i shield my mouth with.
my new health care will be active in one week, and i cannot go to the doctor until then, unless i feel more threatened.
i think it might have something to do with the ambien i took last night, but cannot find any clear connections. i do not that i did not have a normal reaction to ambien. i have cut down on smoking, and am doing everything "at home" that i know of. i also fear i could have already developed severe lung or throat disfunction, from smoking or anything else. i also recently came to milwaukee from los angeles, but i have been here for two and a half months without complications.
help! what do you think this could be?