I have periodic "attacks" of very violent coughing spells, which lead to vomitting, loss of bladder control, high blood pressure, rapid pulse, profuse sweating, severe headache, and my face turning red. Sometimes these attacks are accompanied by swelling of various parts of my face. When I have an attack I feel like I am burning up. Sometimes my throat swells shut and I have to seek immediate assistance at the ER.
This all started a year and a half ago. For the most part the attacks have been fairly infrequent, but for the last few weeks I've been having them every couple of days. I cough so hard that all the muscles in my torso are very sore. Following an attack I'm exhausted, congested and basically knocked flat for a number of days. When the attacks come on I am fine one minute and then I start coughing, sweating and retching the next. Attacks can last from 1 to 4 hours.
My doctor has given me Tussionex which does seem to short circuit the episodes but it knocks me out for the rest of the day when I take it.
Anyone have any ideas? This is really interfering in my life. I would do anything to get to the bottom of what is causing this, but I don't know what to do.