I am a 34 yr old nonsmoking female. I started coughing in late March of this year. It is a dry, hacking cough that is made worse by laughing, getting overheated, and lying down. I do not produce anything with my cough. I saw my family doctor and was prescribed antibiotics and sent on my way. A week later I returned with the same cough, no improvement. This time i was given a Celestone (sp?) shot, an Advair inhaler and codiene cough medicine. After 6 weeks, I was referred to a Pulmonary specialist who gave me prednisone. I returned a week later with no relief. I was eventually admitted to the hospital where I was given IV solumedrol (sp?), antibiotics, tesalon pearl, breathing treatments (which aggravated my cough), Spiriva Handihaler, Protonix, and codiene cough syrup. I should say that I have never had a fever or any other indications of any infections. I had a scope done to look in my sinuses and down to my vocal cords, which were in "terrific" shape, especially since I had been coughing for 2 months at this point. CT's were done of my sinuses and chest, all completely normal. A bronchoscopy was performed in the hospital and was completely normal. The washes that were done also came back with no indications of why I am coughing. After 7 days in the hosppital, the ENT determined that "it must be reflux because nothing else was wrong with me." I had been on IV Protonix for a week at this time, and was sent home with Nexium and Protonix. After using both for almost 2 weeks, there was no improvement in my cough. I was sent to a GI, who has now scheduled an Upper GI endoscopy to rule out reflux. I am currently taking:
Advair inhaler (again)
Antibiotic (again, though still no sigh of any infection)
Allerga - D
Nasonex nasal inhaler
Codiene Cough Syrup
The only relief that I get from any medication is the Celestone shots, and that is only for 24-36 hours. I was tested for Pertussis and that was also negative. My white counts have been high, but I stopped all the steroids and my levels returned to a normal range. Every doctor has told me that my lungs sound great, no problems at all. I do not take High Blood Pressure meds, as I am told this might cause a cough.
I am very discouraged because all my doctors seem to be doing is sending me to other doctors to "rule things out". I cannot get to sleep at night because I cough so hard, even propped up in bed.
If you have any ideas or suggestions, I would appreciate your time to contact me via email!