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Wheezing and Productive cough for 6 months

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  • Posted By: helpmandy
  • May 8, 2008
  • 05:17 PM

I'm a 24 years old female, with no asthmatic history. I've started wheezing at night more than 6 months ago. At first it was just wheezing no apparent difficulty in breathing and no cough.

Two months later the wheezing became more frequent, I started to have a persistent productive cough (very thick clear mucus) to a point that made my chest muscles hurt so badly, along with shortness in breath.

My Chest x-ray is normal, my lungs sound clear, I did almost every possible blood test and they were all normal.

I don't wheeze when exercising. In fact I don't feel that my wheezing is connected to any activity I do, it just start and end by itself once or more daily mostly at night, it wakes me up some times.

I feel somehow better recently, I'm still wheezing, but my cough it much less frequent and not as hard as it used to be. But every time I wheeze I lose my voice and in some rare times I feel almost suffocating.

The treatments that I tried and didn't help:
reliever inhaler (non steroid)
strong antibiotic for three weeks along with nasal drops.

Now I'm about to take two tests:
Full pulmonary function test
Histamine

I have some questions:
Am I asthmatic? The doctor don't think so or at least when I started the treatment he didn't believe I am asthmatic. Grandma is the only asthmatic person I knew.
What kind of diseases the doctor is trying to find through those tests?
Can it be a nasty disease?

Thanks a lot.

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  • The doctor is testing to see how your lungs work (pulmonary) and to see if you have allergies (histamine). Have you had a methacholine challenge test? This is when you breathe into a machine while being exposed to chemicals that would cause an asthma attack if you had asthma. You can develop asthma in your twenties even if you have never had it before.
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  • ]Have you had a methacholine challenge test? This is when you breathe into a machine while being exposed to chemicals that would cause an asthma attack if you had asthma. You can develop asthma in your twenties even if you have never had it before.I've only had a simple breathing test by blowing into a small device to test my lungs strength or something similar, but the result was normal for my age.I forgot to mention that I'm suffering from itching all over my body for 4 months now, I'm taking claritin every 2-3 days to stop the itching. There is no rash just itching, I'm not sure there is a relation, my doctor didn't find a relation yet.
    helpmandy 1 Replies Flag this Response
  • I have had the same thing for 7 years! Doctors have no clue whats up! Some say its tied to my gerd, I am totally baffled. I hope you find answers, if you do before me, let me know what they find!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 11, 2009
    • 00:36 AM
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  • I have had the same thing for 8 months. Please post if you find out anything. Very puzzling. Thanks in advance. I have had the same thing for 7 years! Doctors have no clue whats up! Some say its tied to my gerd, I am totally baffled. I hope you find answers, if you do before me, let me know what they find!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 28, 2010
    • 06:20 PM
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  • I have had the same thing for 8 months. Please post if you find out anything. Very puzzling. Thanks in advance.I'm a 48-year-old woman, very healthy till a year or so ago when I started to wake up in the night, coughing. My husband worked out that this is linked to the state of the bedding. I need completely clean sheets and duvet cover every week (although washing at 30 degrees is enough), and a clean pillow-case daily - ideally 2 thicknesses of cloth, so a pillow-case on top of the pillow. The pillow itself also needs washing - I had a foam one which has now disintegrated in the machine and I'm now trying one with a removable cover. I suspect this won't be enough and I need to go back to washing the pillow. My pyjamas also need to be clean.This stops the problem. I remember that as a child I had hay fever and was diagnosed as being allergic to house-dust mite. I assume that this is what causes the problem - I think that this feeds on tiny skin particles, and build up in the bedding.I hope this may help someone else out there.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • August 24, 2010
    • 08:28 PM
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