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long term effects of whooping cough?

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  • Posted By: barbiey1
  • January 3, 2009
  • 09:19 AM

I am a 34 year old female, have had problems with chronic pnemonia/bronchitis since i was a baby. I have always had a deep cough that gets really bad when I get a cold. I was diagnosed in April 07 with Whooping Cough after 13 ER visits complaining of not being able to catch my breath, extreme fatigue, and a horrible cough. It took app 6 months for it to clear up. Now, a year later, I am still having horrible coughing spells and and sometimes I am unable to catch a deep breath. Nothing helps. I hate to take cough med with codine, it just knocks me out and I cant function. Has anyone else around my age been diagnosed with WC and suffered long term effects from it? ANy help would be appreciated...I cannot find anything on the Web about scarring or long term issues after. I was sick for a tolat of app 9 months with this. Any help would be appreciated...Thank You....

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  • I think I have whooping cough as well. I have been to the doctor several times. No one will even entertain the idea of whooping cough, but I have researched it and seem to have the classic symptoms. I have currently been sick for 4 months. The cough is terrible, I have episodes of not being able to catch my breath. I can't even laugh spontaneously without getting into a coughing fit. It is frightening! I recently thought it was getting better, but I got a cold and all my symptoms have returned. I am beginning to wonder if it will ever go away.
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    • February 19, 2009
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  • Hello, I have been diagnosed with W Cough and suffered for about four months so far. I have Asthma which ran away with me, a secondary lung infection and in a coughing fit one night I managed to blow out two discs in my sacrum ending up on crutches and having so much pain that prescription pain relief was innefectual and I was offered morphine to help ! I managed to battle on ( fearfull of becoming addicted) but I am still "shocking".If you think you may have Whooping Cough then ask your doctor to send you for a Pertussis test. It is a simple procedure whereby the nurse will use a very thin tube to extract some nasal secretions from you. These are sent to the lab and within a week you will know for sure if you are infected with B.Pertussis ( the offending little bug ! ).Good luck on cure though, from what I have heard, antibiotics are useless unless given in first five days and there is no cure for Wh Cough except your bodys own defences.Sorry to bear bad tidings, If anybody can has recovered (fully) then please post something so we can be heartened for once !: ) Have a...cough ...cough ..couuugh..couuuugggghh.archcouuuuuuugh day yo all. :)
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  • I too had WC, but no doctor would diagnose it. They all said I had developed adult asthma. I had coughed so hard that I burst blood vessels in my eyes. My eyes were bloodshot, and I had bruising under each of them. I looked like I had been beaten. My cough was so violent, I had blood in my urine at one point. A friend told me about the son of a co-worker that had been diagnosed with WC. WC had never entered my mind. I looked it up on the internet, and found a sound bite there of someone coughing, and it sounded exactly like me! By this time, it was too late for treatment. That was about five years ago, and I feel like my lung capacity was diminished, and I also will start coughing if I laugh hard. I am a cyclist, and during hard efforts, I find myself fighting the impending cough. I'm beginning to wonder if it ever truly goes completely away. Good luck in beating it.
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  • I was diagnosed with WC in 05 or 06 (I dont' remember which year now) :SI was a college student, 19 or 20. The nasal culture they took at the emergency room (which they said was the "definitive test") came back negative, but they said I probably had WC after all. The only reason I was diagnosed was because there'd been an outbreak of WC in that county over the summer. Apparently that "definitive test" means that if it comes back positive, you definitely have it, but it's possible to get false negatives. (Later research tells me that the bacteria is hard to grow in culture, which explains that issue.)Either one of the ER docs or the guy from the Health Department told me that WC would cause some "lasting damage", and that whenever I caught a cough, it would probably last a long time. That sounds like what some of you are going through... and I had a cold last week, so my cough is back too. GRR!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 9, 2009
    • 01:59 AM
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  • I was just diagnosed with WC earlier this week after 14 days of the worst cough I have ever experienced in my 32 years of life. They did give me an antibiotic although the Dr was doubtful it would help. I am very hoarse, my voice is nearly non existant and the Dr told me that it may be permanent. That my vocal cords could be permanently damgaed. I wont know until the coughing goes away. I would love to hear someone say that they had it and are fine now although that doesnt seem to be how it goes. So I guess it is a waiting game.
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    • October 11, 2009
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  • I was just diagnosed with WC earlier this week after 14 days of the worst cough I have ever experienced in my 32 years of life. They did give me an antibiotic although the Dr was doubtful it would help. I am very hoarse, my voice is nearly non existant and the Dr told me that it may be permanent. That my vocal cords could be permanently damgaed. I wont know until the coughing goes away. I would love to hear someone say that they had it and are fine now although that doesnt seem to be how it goes. So I guess it is a waiting game. I survived WC but it took 8 months to stop coughing. I had laryngitis for several months but my voice did come back! Throat was so swollen from coughing I had to have a rescue inhaler as a coughing fit would totally close my throat & I couldn't breathe. Very scarey!! My Dr had me do nebulizer treatments daily. 75 total! I have never been so scared in my life. WC wasn't diagnosed until my GP finally sent me to a pulmonary specialist. It took him 5 minutes. I also had anitbiotics at the beginning. Nothing truly helped but the inhaler and nebulizer. Even though I never needed an inhaler before the WC I am now afraid not to have one. First time my throat closed up I thought I would truly die. Dr said the violent coughing totally swells the cords and larynx. Please trust that you will survive this. Only blessing is you will have immunity for 10 years after this. I advise everyone to get the vacination. I will when time comes. I understand that not all adults get such a bad case of WC. Too bad we did! My heart goes out to you. Only long term effect I have is I still have a very deep sore spot in my lung which I thought was gone until the past 2 weeks. It only activates when I laugh deeply on the exhale. I had WC from 10-07 to 6-08. Hang in there!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 26, 2009
    • 06:10 AM
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  • I had WC three summers ago, I was coughing for almost 4 months before I was diagnosed. I lost 10 pounds and broke ribs before someone suggested the blood test. I took a double dose of antibiotics and was finally better. I still have that very deep throaty painful cough. Whenever I feel a cold coming on the cough gets worse. I think there are long term affects of the initial WC but I too am unable to find any information on long term affects...has anyone seen any?
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    • December 20, 2009
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  • In the method that carried out such that a sample of body fluid from a patient is incubated with at least a part of a pertussis toxin-sensitive, chromatophore containing fish-scale during a predetermined suitable period of time. This means that fish-scales for the purpose of this invention can be maintained intact for at least 3 weeks, which is an acceptable period of time. The composition of the nutrient solution has as yet not been optimized.From this specification, the method according to the invention makes it possible to diagnose whooping-cough much faster than before, and the results are more reliable than those previously obtained by serology and culture.
    nene790 13 Replies
    • December 21, 2009
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  • My daughter had whooping cough as a child at age 7. EVER since then (she is now 26) every time she gets a cold with a cough, it is severe. I asked several docs through the years about that and they all told me it should have no connection.But, in recent years, I have found lots of stuff on the internet about people who suffer the same thing.I got on here today, because she has had a cough for 2-3 weeks now and it is deep and troublesome. I am glad to find evidence that it DOES have an effect on long-term lung function. I just wish there was something that could be done to alleviate the coughs that are so persistent. I just want to reassure anyone who 'happens' upon this site that you are not crazy if you are experiencing long-term connections between WC and continued trouble long into adulthood. Even found some articles today that proved that ppl in their 30's were having reduced lung capacity from WC as children.
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    • January 1, 2010
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  • I believe that whooping cough and subsequent asthma are related. I had whopping cough nearly a decade ago, when I was 19. The diagnosis was confirmed by a lab run by the state. The doctor who diagnosed me knew what to look for because there were some other cases on campus at about that time. Meanwhile, my doctor at home refused to test me, saying that he hadn't seen a case in 40 years. (Needless to say, I never went back to him.)I had a very bad case of whooping cough. I got sick on February 1 (I woke up with pain in my lungs when I breathed) and was sick until June. I threw up nearly everything I ate for months, and I couldn't walk up stairs without going into a coughing fit. I slept in an upright position to breathe as best I could.Afterward, I developed asthma. Although I have a family history of asthma, I had never suffered from it. I don't usually wheeze, but I cough a lot. The coughing is triggered by exercise or allergies (dust mites, mold). And when I get sick, I often develop a bad, long-lasting cough. I am a 34 year old female, have had problems with chronic pnemonia/bronchitis since i was a baby. I have always had a deep cough that gets really bad when I get a cold. I was diagnosed in April 07 with Whooping Cough after 13 ER visits complaining of not being able to catch my breath, extreme fatigue, and a horrible cough. It took app 6 months for it to clear up. Now, a year later, I am still having horrible coughing spells and and sometimes I am unable to catch a deep breath. Nothing helps. I hate to take cough med with codine, it just knocks me out and I cant function. Has anyone else around my age been diagnosed with WC and suffered long term effects from it? ANy help would be appreciated...I cannot find anything on the Web about scarring or long term issues after. I was sick for a tolat of app 9 months with this. Any help would be appreciated...Thank You....
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    • February 20, 2010
    • 06:49 PM
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  • I'm relieved to see I'm not the only one out there wondering why doctors seem to never diagnose whooping cough - when its becoming more common these days. I was sick on boxing day of last year, spent countless days and nights at the emergency as I was coughing, gagging, vomitting constantly. It was a cycle. Eventually, after being hooked up to IV's almost 7 times in the span of two weeks because I was so dehydrated from coughing, gagging, vomitting I decided to take it upon myself and I "googled" my symptoms. Every single webpage that came up, was for whooping cough. The timeline, symptoms, everything. So I went back to my doctor and had her test me for it. The next day, I find out - its whooping cough. That was now a month and some past and it was just into its worst stage. I had everything under the sun apparently before, and my doctor looked at me and was like "wow, I never would have guessed". Needless to say, shes not my doctor anymore. I'm now into having a lingering dry-hacking cough, over 14 weeks now. And because I was so sick, wrongly diagnosed countless times (broncitis, larangytis, etc, etc, etc) and without the proper treatment the cough could possibly stay with me for a very long time, if not life. Is this true? I honestly can't deal with having this cough. I have numerous inhalers (symbicort, ventilin, etc) which non seem to help. I have to cough to clear my throat as well, it drives me NUTS! Any recommendations to get rid of this stupid cough is highly recommended. Oh and for anyone that has whooping cough - the best thing I ever bought to help me sleep (I was sleeping for maybe 2 hours at a time) is a vaporizer. NOT a humidifier as that just blows air. Vaporizers blow hot steam, put a bit of drops of your choice and put it beside your pillow/bed. BEST sleep, I've slept through the night since!
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  • Hello fellow coughers,I feel as though I have truly entered ***l. It certainly seems as though more research needs to go in to how to help long term or even just the short term effects of whooping cough.I have found that when I have presented at the hospital or to a doctor with my fears of the inability to breathe, choking on the mucus, head aches (as though my brain is swollen) and the inability to sleep, that they really dont care! I have been told to'just relax' when the breathing issue comes up. As you know, it is very difficult to relax.I cannot sleep for more than half an hour at a time. I have been experiencing pain down my arms that lingers in my wrists, vommitting and have lost control of my bladder. Tonight I went in to fits of coughing in front of my teenage boys and wet myself so badly that my whole dressing gown was wet. Humiliating! How am I supposed to go back to work? I am at my wits end and feel that no one understands how bad this really is- surely something can be done????
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  • my son was 4 days old when i moved with my family to grantvile, P.A. he was about 3 mouths old when he came down with what i thought was a cold, well took him to the doctors, i was told it's just a cold. we must have taken him to the ER in Hersey PA 4 or 5 more times when the doctor finally told me they would have me treated if i brought him back, that i was the sick one, there is nothing wrong with your son the do would say. through out all these ER visit i almost lost him twice from him stop breathing on me and had to do CPR on him myself, (but i was the crazy one.) well needless to say i had to bring him back home cause he was deathly sick and i knew something was very wrong. took him right to st. joe's hospital in tampa, and right away they put him in a ogyen tent and was kept for almost 2 or 3 weeks. he was 8 months old when a doctor finally said he was sick and i wasn't crazy. he is 28 now, but growing up he ended up with a learning disabilty and dislexic. and i offen wonder today if the could have had something to do with it. very thankful for the doctors that really do care. there are not that many out there that care about the person, it's all about how much money one has.
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  • Hello fellow coughers,I feel as though I have truly entered ***l. It certainly seems as though more research needs to go in to how to help long term or even just the short term effects of whooping cough.I have found that when I have presented at the hospital or to a doctor with my fears of the inability to breathe, choking on the mucus, head aches (as though my brain is swollen) and the inability to sleep, that they really dont care! I have been told to'just relax' when the breathing issue comes up. As you know, it is very difficult to relax.I cannot sleep for more than half an hour at a time. I have been experiencing pain down my arms that lingers in my wrists, vommitting and have lost control of my bladder. Tonight I went in to fits of coughing in front of my teenage boys and wet myself so badly that my whole dressing gown was wet. Humiliating! How am I supposed to go back to work? I am at my wits end and feel that no one understands how bad this really is- surely something can be done????I too had whooping cough. I think it was about 8 years ago. My doctor did not test me because by the time I went in she said I was past the point where they could make a positive diagnosis. However, at the same time I had a close friend whose baby was diagnosed with it. I believe that her daughter and I caught it together at an outdoor street fair that we were at together. It lasted 6 months for me. I think I missed a month of work it was so bad in the beginning. My bronchial tubes have not been the same since. I did not have the bladder control problem at the time, but I have them now. I totally understand how you are feeling. Every winter since I had WC I have have terrible colds and coughs. Over the last 6 months I have have been dealing with asthma and a bad cough. The only time I have had relief is when I am on oral steroids and I can't stay on those forever. The bladder issues are now happening I suppose because I have had a child and I am almost 50. I have had to keep Depend pads on hand. It is horrible.I can not believe that there isn't scientific information about the long term effects. I definately have them!!!!!! I too was told there wouldn't be any.
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  • I too had whooping cough. I think it was about 8 years ago. My doctor did not test me because by the time I went in she said I was past the point where they could make a positive diagnosis. However, at the same time I had a close friend whose baby was diagnosed with it. I believe that her daughter and I caught it together at an outdoor street fair that we were at together. It lasted 6 months for me. I think I missed a month of work it was so bad in the beginning. My bronchial tubes have not been the same since. I did not have the bladder control problem at the time, but I have them now. I totally understand how you are feeling. Every winter since I had WC I have have terrible colds and coughs. Over the last 6 months I have have been dealing with asthma and a bad cough. The only time I have had relief is when I am on oral steroids and I can't stay on those forever. The bladder issues are now happening I suppose because I have had a child and I am almost 50. I have had to keep Depend pads on hand. It is horrible.I can not believe that there isn't scientific information about the long term effects. I definately have them!!!!!! I too was told there wouldn't be any.Hi, Sorry to be the one to pass this on but I had WC in 1965, Im now 47 and have had problems with bronchitits all my life and its gets worse the older I get. Colds are so much worse then they should be and now I need an inhaler to sleep. Incontinence is just part of the fun but it does go away when the cough gets better. Bottom line when you think you have a cold starting, see your Doctor and insist on a Z-pak on antibiotics, it sometimes stops a problem from getting worse.Good luck
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  • I had WC when i was about 4 or 5 yrs old since then whenever i get a cough it lasts for ages and feels and sounds really bad. However for the most part i am very well especially considering i have asthma as too. I think there must be a connection. I'm 31 now.
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  • I was diagnosed with Pertussis as a child in 2nd grade Since that time I have always seemed to get "nasty colds" more than the typical version that everybody else gets and bronchial infections. Now in my 30's I have yet to find any scientific evidence that the respiratory illness I had as a child is related but I can tell you that the feeling of a true whooping fit is never forgotten and still seems to plague me every couple years. After reading that natural immunity wanes after 10 years I find myself wondering if I have recaught pertussis a time or two and it has just gone undiagnosed or misdiagnosed as bronchitis or pneumonia.
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  • Hello fellow coughers,I feel as though I have truly entered ***l. It certainly seems as though more research needs to go in to how to help long term or even just the short term effects of whooping cough.I have found that when I have presented at the hospital or to a doctor with my fears of the inability to breathe, choking on the mucus, head aches (as though my brain is swollen) and the inability to sleep, that they really dont care! I have been told to'just relax' when the breathing issue comes up. As you know, it is very difficult to relax.I cannot sleep for more than half an hour at a time. I have been experiencing pain down my arms that lingers in my wrists, vommitting and have lost control of my bladder. Tonight I went in to fits of coughing in front of my teenage boys and wet myself so badly that my whole dressing gown was wet. Humiliating! How am I supposed to go back to work? I am at my wits end and feel that no one understands how bad this really is- surely something can be done????You need to find the right doctor who will give you what is necessary (codeine) laced cough syrup. Make sure to ask for this, so that you can sleep. I am so sorry that you are suffering, but given time and sleep you will heal. Chinese herbs can offer some help as well if you interested, for all of your symptoms. I know what you mean about "***l". I thought I was going to die. It is by far the worst illness that I have survived. Im 43 and the hardest thing for me was the night coughing that kept me up and kept me from having long uninterrupted sleep. For the bladder control you might want to try Kagel exercies. You can wikipedia this term or youtube it. These are exercises that will help you to strengthen the muscles that control urine flow and retention. Hang in there. Wish you the best
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    • August 17, 2010
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  • My long term effects of wc have lasted for many years, any little thing will start me coughing. Had pain in muscles from the top of my head to my groin, pain in my lung where the tissue was torn apart a little, a 'spot' on my lung in an ex-ray, I actually coughed up a tiny piece of my lung. Sixteen years later, I still wear Depends, because I can't trust myself to be able to hold my urine if anything makes me cough or sneeze. Coilloidal SILVER helped me kick the wc, and a Rx 'benzotinate', don't know how to spell this, helps with the cough. Codeine cough syrup was no help, at all. During the worst part, if I laid down in bed, I would have a gurgling sound in my throat, so I propped myself up with pillows. I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia before I got wc, at the age of 45. Then I developed diabetes, and high blood pressure 260/150, which I think are all connected to the wc infection. I filed for Social Security Disability last year. Whooping cough destroyed my life.
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    • September 4, 2010
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  • I am 24 and have had the worst cough of my entire life for the last 2 weeks and I have suffered from severe asthma since i was 4. I work in aged care in a hospital so I am constantly around sick people and exposed to the elderly. I had no idea that WC was even a risk to me. I had read about it in books infecting children and knew i had been imunised as a child, but I was not aware that as an adult i should get a booster shot. I have been off work 3 days now. I went to see my doctor as i didn't feel it was good to be coughing like this around work (even tho apart from the cough i feel fine). He instantly insisted on taking more of my blood (again, i'm beginning to suspect them of running a blood bank!) to test for WC. Putting me on antibiotics straight away. i should find out tomorrow if i have it or not. after reading the previous statements I am really hoping that i don't. But i would like to thank everyone for posting here. There really does not seem to be a lot of information available on long term effects or even symptoms in adults online. cross your fingers for me. tomorrow i should know.
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    • September 14, 2010
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