On my doctor's recommendation, I went to get a stress test. The doctor responsible for taking the test was late for my appointment. About half hour later he showed up.
Anyhow, I got on the machine (yes, a nurse had already hooked me up to a machine to monitor my heart) and they started me at a slow pace. It seems like every 2 or 3 minutes the speed increased, along with the incline, as if walking up a hill.
When we did the last test, the speed was at 6 and the incline....uhm....I do not remember, but I know the incline changed on 3 occasions....so whatever the adjustment was on the third occasion that is how steep jogging on the treadmill was.
I was getting extremely tired....well, my legs were (I had lifted weights with my legs the previous day, so my legs were sore from that particular workout) and my breathing was at a vigorous pace. I could not take it anymore and I shouted to the doctor to stop. He told me 20 seconds more and so I tried to continue. He counted the last 20 seconds in intervals of 10's, backwards.
I made another attempt to speak just before he slowed the machine to a walking pace. Then all of a sudden I began to cough uncontrollably. I got off the machine and sat on a chair and was just coughing in the manner mentioned. As I was coughing, the doctor was explaining to me how well I did on the test and how my heart was sound. I was still coughing as he was giving me feedback on the test. I then asked the nurse for some water, which he provided. But the coughing would not stop, but it slowed down slightly. I went and changed my clothes and I was just coughing constantly in the changing room.
It felt like something was in my throat, but I did not know what it was. Anyhow, since I had an appointment with my primary doctor on the floor below, I decided that I would mention it to him. I did and he took my temperature, which was normal. He said there was some redness in my throat and if I feel like I am coming down with something or any pain to take some aspirins.
I knew I did not have a cold, but I could not figure out what it was that was causing me to cough, because it was not something that I had experienced before.
It has been three days since the incident and I can clearly say that the FEELING in my throat is like when one is having a SPASM. And it comes and goes, even as I am typing to you. Based on the info given, what do you think HAPPENED, or what do you believe I have?
I am planning to see my primary doctor on Monday, but I just want to get your diagnosis as to what it may be and if it has anything to do with the STRESS TEST that I took.
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