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Recurring cough over 18 months I am desperate

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  • Posted By: ElizabethJ526
  • March 22, 2007
  • 02:17 AM

I am looking for any help here. Some basic information that might be helpful in this, I am 22 I was 21 when I first started having this issue. I have never smoked. I have been a baker for 2.5 years and have worked at the bakery for 6 years, while in the middle of all this the bakery moved so it was not the building.

On November 4, 2005 I woke up coughing, not just any cough a horrible cough, I would cough and cough and cough until I could not breathe. It was a Saturday and first thing on Monday I went to the doctor, my lungs were clear, he gave me cough medicine and told me to come back if it did not go away. It got worse over night and I got a different medication the next day. By Friday I was still hacking and I went back, he did a spirometry, and put me on Medrol, Albuterol and another inhaler I think it was Foradil. It got no better, then on Monday I had to get stitches and I had a reaction to the Lidocaine, and was still coughing so to combat the reaction and hopefully help the cough he put me on Prednisone. It did not get worse and it did not get better, I got my stitches out the day before Thanksgiving, and it was still the same. But, then on Thanksgivng (11/24/05, I believe was the date) it got worse again, only it got really bad and I actually coughed to the point that I stopped breathing and passed out into my Thanksgiving dinner, and then went to the ER. There they did a chest x-ray and it was normal, they drew blood and did a Pertussis test, everything looked fine. That doctor put me on Zithromax and told me to keep taking the albuterol and go back to my doctor. I went back on the Monday after Thanksgiving and he put me on Advair and did a sinus cat scan to see if I had a sinus infection that was causing it. Nope my sinuses were perfect. So he told me to wait a couple days and see if I got better, and obviously it did not. At this point my doctor was frustrated because he could not treat it and he put me on a very strong antibioic and said if that did not help he was sending me to a pulmonologist. I went to the pulmonologist and he tested me for asthma, put me on another cough medication with codeine, and told me to come back if it did not get better in 2 weeks. I saw him for the first time on December 9, 2005. On Sunday Dec 11, 2005, I went to a Packer game in Lambeau field and had to leave early because I was still coughing so bad, I was stopped by the paramedics in the parking lot while I was leaving because I was coughing so hard. Pulmonologist wanted to do a bronchoscopy but, could not because of the reaction I had to lidocaine. So he had me go do allergy testing, I was not allergic to anything. Inclduing my biggest fear which was going to be flour at the bakery I work at. The allergist and pulmonologist told me that I was not allergic to the bakery. I got so fed up with all this, by the time I was done with the allergy testing it was February. I just decided to live with it, hoping it would go away, and it did at the beginning of April. I had the cough for 6 months. And I woke up one day and it was gone. My regular doctor put on acid reflux medications at one point, I don't remember exactly when, but they did nothing.

Fast Forward to Middle of November 2006. I started culinary school in August and, was at school and started coughing. The same dry hacking cough over and over again. I went to the doctor the next day I tried to go to the doctor, only my doctor was gone so I had to see a different doctor and this one told me to ignore it, becuase I had only been coughing for one day. I was *****d. I tried to explain my history and she would not listen. So I left, and went home and my instructor would not let me come back to class until I was better. I went to a different doctor, he the same thing, my lungs were clear and he put me on Zithromax and two different cough medicines and told me to rest until I was better, Luckily it was over Thanksgiving break again, so I had 6 days to get better, I did not. Went back to class on December, 4 2006 and passed out in class, I did not cough and stop breathing I just passed out. It turned out that when I passed out in 2005 was not neccissarily related to the cough, but probably just a reaction. They detirmined that I had passed out those two times because my blood pressue would suddenly drop. I am now on medication for that. Over the next couple weeks my cough went away.
Now fast forward to this Monday, I get sick again. And yesterday I started coughing. In the last month I had found my old doctor who originally treated my cough and went to him. He put me on Advair, Medrol and if it is not better by Saturday, Zithromax. This time I do not cough and cough until I can't breathe, but, my chest hurts really bad when I cough.

If you read all the way through that, thanks.

There have been things different when each cough happened.
In November 2005 I was on no medications
In November of 2006 I was on Prozac
Also in November I was not working at the bakery
Now this month I am on Prozac and Metoprolol to keep me from passing out.

Any suggestions or ideas what might be causing this.

I have been on as far as medication goes:
Rhinocort
Tessalon 2x
Albuterol
Advair 2x
Foradil
Medrol 2x
Prednisone 2x
Zithromax
Levaquin
Tylenol 3
Promethazine with codeine
Cheratussin with codeine
Prilosec
Aciphex
I know there is more, but I can't think of them right now. I was on a total of 15 in the first 6 months.

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  • I have a chronic cough as well which I will be posting soon, but try this allergy pill, for some reason it may work unlike other allergy prescription pills. you can find it online to show your doctor just in case he doesn't know what it is. Allerx (NOT Allerx D or II just plain allerx)
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  • Dear Elizabeth,Here are a few possibilities to consider:1) possible gluten sensitivity ("flour" was probably wheat, and gluten is in wheat, rye, barley). Rice is gluten-free (if not "cross contaminated" at packaging plants). See Dr. Fine's website about non-invasive stool sample testing for possbible gluten sensitivity, at http://www.finerhealth.com If you are gluten sensitive, eating gluten can cause gastric reflux, leading to coughing.2) high up ("silent") gastric reflux (can have many causes) can cause coughing. I have some info about reflux causes, on webpages 5 & 10 of my website about VCD/vocal cord dysfunction. See http://cantbreathesuspectvcd.com/page5.html and http://cantbreathesuspectvcd.com/page10.html3) air quality problems can cause coughing (see webpages 5 & 10 in my website)4) some middle or inner ear problems can cause coughing--see an ear specialist doc--have you done this yet?5) possible VCD/vocal cord dysfunction attacks can be brought on by coughing.6) other causes of your coughing, yet to be discovered.I hope this helps some.Carolhttp://cantbreathesuspectvcd.com
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  • I am looking for any help here. Some basic information that might be helpful in this, I am 22 I was 21 when I first started having this issue. I have never smoked. I have been a baker for 2.5 years and have worked at the bakery for 6 years, while in the middle of all this the bakery moved so it was not the building. On November 4, 2005 I woke up coughing, not just any cough a horrible cough, I would cough and cough and cough until I could not breathe. It was a Saturday and first thing on Monday I went to the doctor, my lungs were clear, he gave me cough medicine and told me to come back if it did not go away. It got worse over night and I got a different medication the next day. By Friday I was still hacking and I went back, he did a spirometry, and put me on Medrol, Albuterol and another inhaler I think it was Foradil. It got no better, then on Monday I had to get stitches and I had a reaction to the Lidocaine, and was still coughing so to combat the reaction and hopefully help the cough he put me on Prednisone. It did not get worse and it did not get better, I got my stitches out the day before Thanksgiving, and it was still the same. But, then on Thanksgivng (11/24/05, I believe was the date) it got worse again, only it got really bad and I actually coughed to the point that I stopped breathing and passed out into my Thanksgiving dinner, and then went to the ER. There they did a chest x-ray and it was normal, they drew blood and did a Pertussis test, everything looked fine. That doctor put me on Zithromax and told me to keep taking the albuterol and go back to my doctor. I went back on the Monday after Thanksgiving and he put me on Advair and did a sinus cat scan to see if I had a sinus infection that was causing it. Nope my sinuses were perfect. So he told me to wait a couple days and see if I got better, and obviously it did not. At this point my doctor was frustrated because he could not treat it and he put me on a very strong antibioic and said if that did not help he was sending me to a pulmonologist. I went to the pulmonologist and he tested me for asthma, put me on another cough medication with codeine, and told me to come back if it did not get better in 2 weeks. I saw him for the first time on December 9, 2005. On Sunday Dec 11, 2005, I went to a Packer game in Lambeau field and had to leave early because I was still coughing so bad, I was stopped by the paramedics in the parking lot while I was leaving because I was coughing so hard. Pulmonologist wanted to do a bronchoscopy but, could not because of the reaction I had to lidocaine. So he had me go do allergy testing, I was not allergic to anything. Inclduing my biggest fear which was going to be flour at the bakery I work at. The allergist and pulmonologist told me that I was not allergic to the bakery. I got so fed up with all this, by the time I was done with the allergy testing it was February. I just decided to live with it, hoping it would go away, and it did at the beginning of April. I had the cough for 6 months. And I woke up one day and it was gone. My regular doctor put on acid reflux medications at one point, I don't remember exactly when, but they did nothing. Fast Forward to Middle of November 2006. I started culinary school in August and, was at school and started coughing. The same dry hacking cough over and over again. I went to the doctor the next day I tried to go to the doctor, only my doctor was gone so I had to see a different doctor and this one told me to ignore it, becuase I had only been coughing for one day. I was *****d. I tried to explain my history and she would not listen. So I left, and went home and my instructor would not let me come back to class until I was better. I went to a different doctor, he the same thing, my lungs were clear and he put me on Zithromax and two different cough medicines and told me to rest until I was better, Luckily it was over Thanksgiving break again, so I had 6 days to get better, I did not. Went back to class on December, 4 2006 and passed out in class, I did not cough and stop breathing I just passed out. It turned out that when I passed out in 2005 was not neccissarily related to the cough, but probably just a reaction. They detirmined that I had passed out those two times because my blood pressue would suddenly drop. I am now on medication for that. Over the next couple weeks my cough went away. Now fast forward to this Monday, I get sick again. And yesterday I started coughing. In the last month I had found my old doctor who originally treated my cough and went to him. He put me on Advair, Medrol and if it is not better by Saturday, Zithromax. This time I do not cough and cough until I can't breathe, but, my chest hurts really bad when I cough. If you read all the way through that, thanks. There have been things different when each cough happened.In November 2005 I was on no medicationsIn November of 2006 I was on ProzacAlso in November I was not working at the bakeryNow this month I am on Prozac and Metoprolol to keep me from passing out. Any suggestions or ideas what might be causing this. I have been on as far as medication goes:RhinocortTessalon 2xAlbuterolAdvair 2xForadilMedrol 2xPrednisone 2xZithromaxLevaquinTylenol 3Promethazine with codeineCheratussin with codeinePrilosecAciphexI know there is more, but I can't think of them right now. I was on a total of 15 in the first 6 months. Hi, I'm replying to you, gosh I have a cough that has worsed over the last seven years but I have actually had it for about fifteen years there are times I think I will go nuts and I think my Doctors think I'm nuts. I have had all tests like you. so far no answers but I do suffer from astma but I can tell the difference between the asthma coughing and the dry hacky cough. singulair helps me some, also I'm on tessalon Pearls cough drop and claritan also now phenargran. I hope you get relief
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  • Check side effects for your drugs. It was my cholesteral meds causing me to cough.
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  • Check side effects for your drugs. It was my cholesteral meds causing me to cough.Hi, when my cough first started I wasnt on any meds, now I'm on quite a few but in the last two month's I have stopped all my meds and I'm still coughing. Thank You for your reply though.
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  • My wife had a dry cough for over 30yrs ! All the treatment for Bronco,Asthma etc were of no use. One ENT specialist diagonesed it - Salivarygland dysfunction. Slight swelling below both ears. Any help?
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  • could be mould spores. any houseplants?local composting plants?old matress?dirty carpet?small (othrwise difficult to detect)leak in a sewer--does not have to be fluid leakage just"breath"is enough. ancient or current landfill (for household rubbish)in the area?---check prevailing wind directions.traces of dry rot ,say in an old house?you have to become a bit of a detective. i suppose you have done the obvious---checked for animal hairs and dander? a pal of mine had similar problems;turns out to be irritant hairs on leaves on a bush on his driveway.--many plants have such hairs and their(evolving)purpose is to keep us away from them!---if there is nothing wrong with you,and that does seem to be the strong implication here,then it is likely to be in your environment.it is not difficult to learn how to do a double blind abrasion test for allergies and sensitivities;that plus some determined thinking will win here for you i am sure.just get empirical on its **s !science can be annoyingly slow,but it gets there in the end.
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  • I have had a similar problem. At times, my cough gets so bad that I can't even tell people on the phone that I need to call them back because I can't get the words out without coughing my head off. In the past, the doctor has subscribed prednisone two times which worked well in clearing me up quickly. Recently, as another person suggested here already for you, I have learned that I have a gluten allergy (e.g. flour at the bakery) which is in almost everything! I was also drinking wine coolers (made from malted barley) that caused a reaction with coughing and itchy skin, redness over parts my body especially on my ears, etc. The only thing that gives me any relief is Bigelow Sweet Dreams Herb Tea that contains chamomile and mint. It sounds crazy, but is DOES work for myself, my Dad, and my sister to calm down the cough. Please try it to see if it might work for you...Unfortunately, allergies and asthma run in our family. A prescription drug that I didn't see in your long list of medication is Tessalon Perles (benzonatate 100mg) and available in generic for cough suppression which works well at night. Hopefully, you will get a good diagnosis and help soon. Good luck!
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  • Have your Doctor do a MRI to check for Temporal epilepsy
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  • I hope that if you find a cure, you will let us know. I have had a chronic cough for over a year now. I also recently have developed nosebleeds and severe foot cramps. I have severe anxiety and extremely tense neck and back muscles. Don't know if all of these are related but I would love to get rid of the cough. Have tried every asthma and allergy medicine known out there. Dr's say I have now allergies and possibly no asthma? I did respond to Advair for one month, but then it failed to work. I got a chest xray twice and nothing. I never really got any infection, although since seeing a pulmonary specialist, he has put me on so many asthma and allergy meds--but now it seems like I have allergies when I didn't have any problems with sinus before the medications. I have been tested for so many things. I will have to look up Sjogrens disease though. I have also had many blood tests so I would assume that would have ruled out Thyroid. I recently started a medication called Spiriva and it seemed to be working! You place a capsule into the center chamber of the HandiHaler device. The capsule is pierced and tiotropium formulation is dispersed into the air stream when you inhale through the mouthpiece. It is great! Sadly, my cough came back about a week later after starting Spiriva.
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  • I have had a similar cough on 4 seperate occasions. I worked in the chemical industry for over 18 years and never had a reaction against any of the potentialy toxic chemicals. I then went to work in a JCB parts factory that was very dusty and was next to a department that did spray painting.Coughing was really bad in that there didn't seem to be any "clearence" (for want of a better word) of the throat and I just wanted to cough and cough. My head felt like there was a massive build up of pressure. I believe I was given anti biotics at that stage which did nothing.On the second occasion I was working for a company that made super glue. It was on this occasion that the coughing got so bad I passed out through being unable to catch my breath. Constantly exhaling whilst coughing and not being able to inhale oxygen. On several occasions while on my own I felt myself getting up of the floor not realising where I was or what had happened. I was then given an asthmatic inhaler which didn't help a great deal. I was made to wear an air hood (which feeds pure air to the face) This was good but inpractical for doing my job. I left that job believing a chemical called Cyano Accetic may have been the problem. The third bout was the worst in that on two occasions I was addmitted to A&E. after collapsing after several coughing fits. The doctor put me on a nebuliser for an hour (in which time I never coughed once) He then put me on a course of Prednisone. This seemed to do the trick, although it did take a while to completley clear.I was sent to a clinic to be checked for asthma which was negative.Eight months later and the cough is back. I saw the Doctor before it got to bad and he gave me Amoxicillin (500gm) As the cough has got much worse in the 4 days I have been taking them I will be going back in the moring to ask for Predisone.One thing I have noticed, on three occasions I have been painting or near paint. My wife said I can not do any more painting at home.There's always a silver lining.Hope this helps
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  • I am looking for any help here. Some basic information that might be helpful in this, I am 22 I was 21 when I first started having this issue. I have never smoked. I have been a baker for 2.5 years and have worked at the bakery for 6 years, while in the middle of all this the bakery moved so it was not the building. On November 4, 2005 I woke up coughing, not just any cough a horrible cough, I would cough and cough and cough until I could not breathe. It was a Saturday and first thing on Monday I went to the doctor, my lungs were clear, he gave me cough medicine and told me to come back if it did not go away. It got worse over night and I got a different medication the next day. By Friday I was still hacking and I went back, he did a spirometry, and put me on Medrol, Albuterol and another inhaler I think it was Foradil. It got no better, then on Monday I had to get stitches and I had a reaction to the Lidocaine, and was still coughing so to combat the reaction and hopefully help the cough he put me on Prednisone. It did not get worse and it did not get better, I got my stitches out the day before Thanksgiving, and it was still the same. But, then on Thanksgivng (11/24/05, I believe was the date) it got worse again, only it got really bad and I actually coughed to the point that I stopped breathing and passed out into my Thanksgiving dinner, and then went to the ER. There they did a chest x-ray and it was normal, they drew blood and did a Pertussis test, everything looked fine. That doctor put me on Zithromax and told me to keep taking the albuterol and go back to my doctor. I went back on the Monday after Thanksgiving and he put me on Advair and did a sinus cat scan to see if I had a sinus infection that was causing it. Nope my sinuses were perfect. So he told me to wait a couple days and see if I got better, and obviously it did not. At this point my doctor was frustrated because he could not treat it and he put me on a very strong antibioic and said if that did not help he was sending me to a pulmonologist. I went to the pulmonologist and he tested me for asthma, put me on another cough medication with codeine, and told me to come back if it did not get better in 2 weeks. I saw him for the first time on December 9, 2005. On Sunday Dec 11, 2005, I went to a Packer game in Lambeau field and had to leave early because I was still coughing so bad, I was stopped by the paramedics in the parking lot while I was leaving because I was coughing so hard. Pulmonologist wanted to do a bronchoscopy but, could not because of the reaction I had to lidocaine. So he had me go do allergy testing, I was not allergic to anything. Inclduing my biggest fear which was going to be flour at the bakery I work at. The allergist and pulmonologist told me that I was not allergic to the bakery. I got so fed up with all this, by the time I was done with the allergy testing it was February. I just decided to live with it, hoping it would go away, and it did at the beginning of April. I had the cough for 6 months. And I woke up one day and it was gone. My regular doctor put on acid reflux medications at one point, I don't remember exactly when, but they did nothing. Fast Forward to Middle of November 2006. I started culinary school in August and, was at school and started coughing. The same dry hacking cough over and over again. I went to the doctor the next day I tried to go to the doctor, only my doctor was gone so I had to see a different doctor and this one told me to ignore it, becuase I had only been coughing for one day. I was *****d. I tried to explain my history and she would not listen. So I left, and went home and my instructor would not let me come back to class until I was better. I went to a different doctor, he the same thing, my lungs were clear and he put me on Zithromax and two different cough medicines and told me to rest until I was better, Luckily it was over Thanksgiving break again, so I had 6 days to get better, I did not. Went back to class on December, 4 2006 and passed out in class, I did not cough and stop breathing I just passed out. It turned out that when I passed out in 2005 was not neccissarily related to the cough, but probably just a reaction. They detirmined that I had passed out those two times because my blood pressue would suddenly drop. I am now on medication for that. Over the next couple weeks my cough went away. Now fast forward to this Monday, I get sick again. And yesterday I started coughing. In the last month I had found my old doctor who originally treated my cough and went to him. He put me on Advair, Medrol and if it is not better by Saturday, Zithromax. This time I do not cough and cough until I can't breathe, but, my chest hurts really bad when I cough. If you read all the way through that, thanks. There have been things different when each cough happened.In November 2005 I was on no medicationsIn November of 2006 I was on ProzacAlso in November I was not working at the bakeryNow this month I am on Prozac and Metoprolol to keep me from passing out. Any suggestions or ideas what might be causing this. I have been on as far as medication goes:RhinocortTessalon 2xAlbuterolAdvair 2xForadilMedrol 2xPrednisone 2xZithromaxLevaquinTylenol 3Promethazine with codeineCheratussin with codeinePrilosecAciphexI know there is more, but I can't think of them right now. I was on a total of 15 in the first 6 months. I think your clue to this is the passing out. It could be something neurological causing it. You would think somewhere along the line one of those doctors would have an idea. Wish I could help. Good luck.
    mystic66 5 Replies
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  • Wow! I am amazed at how many people are having my same issues but now I'm only effected when I try to sleep and have been living on a 3-4 hours of sleep a day and feeling quite worn. I no longer have issues during church and work. I would use my inhaler with steroids and do okay and in being in 4 choirs, I stop it by chewing sugarless gum. Now my best friend (a retired nurse) suggested that I do a vaporizer either with salt water or Vicks 44 that I used for a long time before and having in a couple of years or sleep with a simmering pot of water. The saline nose spray was okay but I am now on 2 different inhalers for emergencies and from reading many postings, an allergist is not going to help much. I just moved into a townhouse with new carpet and I've always had trouble with new carpet so that is a part of my problem. Good luck!I am looking for any help here. Some basic information that might be helpful in this, I am 22 I was 21 when I first started having this issue. I have never smoked. I have been a baker for 2.5 years and have worked at the bakery for 6 years, while in the middle of all this the bakery moved so it was not the building. On November 4, 2005 I woke up coughing, not just any cough a horrible cough, I would cough and cough and cough until I could not breathe. It was a Saturday and first thing on Monday I went to the doctor, my lungs were clear, he gave me cough medicine and told me to come back if it did not go away. It got worse over night and I got a different medication the next day. By Friday I was still hacking and I went back, he did a spirometry, and put me on Medrol, Albuterol and another inhaler I think it was Foradil. It got no better, then on Monday I had to get stitches and I had a reaction to the Lidocaine, and was still coughing so to combat the reaction and hopefully help the cough he put me on Prednisone. It did not get worse and it did not get better, I got my stitches out the day before Thanksgiving, and it was still the same. But, then on Thanksgivng (11/24/05, I believe was the date) it got worse again, only it got really bad and I actually coughed to the point that I stopped breathing and passed out into my Thanksgiving dinner, and then went to the ER. There they did a chest x-ray and it was normal, they drew blood and did a Pertussis test, everything looked fine. That doctor put me on Zithromax and told me to keep taking the albuterol and go back to my doctor. I went back on the Monday after Thanksgiving and he put me on Advair and did a sinus cat scan to see if I had a sinus infection that was causing it. Nope my sinuses were perfect. So he told me to wait a couple days and see if I got better, and obviously it did not. At this point my doctor was frustrated because he could not treat it and he put me on a very strong antibioic and said if that did not help he was sending me to a pulmonologist. I went to the pulmonologist and he tested me for asthma, put me on another cough medication with codeine, and told me to come back if it did not get better in 2 weeks. I saw him for the first time on December 9, 2005. On Sunday Dec 11, 2005, I went to a Packer game in Lambeau field and had to leave early because I was still coughing so bad, I was stopped by the paramedics in the parking lot while I was leaving because I was coughing so hard. Pulmonologist wanted to do a bronchoscopy but, could not because of the reaction I had to lidocaine. So he had me go do allergy testing, I was not allergic to anything. Inclduing my biggest fear which was going to be flour at the bakery I work at. The allergist and pulmonologist told me that I was not allergic to the bakery. I got so fed up with all this, by the time I was done with the allergy testing it was February. I just decided to live with it, hoping it would go away, and it did at the beginning of April. I had the cough for 6 months. And I woke up one day and it was gone. My regular doctor put on acid reflux medications at one point, I don't remember exactly when, but they did nothing. Fast Forward to Middle of November 2006. I started culinary school in August and, was at school and started coughing. The same dry hacking cough over and over again. I went to the doctor the next day I tried to go to the doctor, only my doctor was gone so I had to see a different doctor and this one told me to ignore it, becuase I had only been coughing for one day. I was *****d. I tried to explain my history and she would not listen. So I left, and went home and my instructor would not let me come back to class until I was better. I went to a different doctor, he the same thing, my lungs were clear and he put me on Zithromax and two different cough medicines and told me to rest until I was better, Luckily it was over Thanksgiving break again, so I had 6 days to get better, I did not. Went back to class on December, 4 2006 and passed out in class, I did not cough and stop breathing I just passed out. It turned out that when I passed out in 2005 was not neccissarily related to the cough, but probably just a reaction. They detirmined that I had passed out those two times because my blood pressue would suddenly drop. I am now on medication for that. Over the next couple weeks my cough went away. Now fast forward to this Monday, I get sick again. And yesterday I started coughing. In the last month I had found my old doctor who originally treated my cough and went to him. He put me on Advair, Medrol and if it is not better by Saturday, Zithromax. This time I do not cough and cough until I can't breathe, but, my chest hurts really bad when I cough. If you read all the way through that, thanks. There have been things different when each cough happened.In November 2005 I was on no medicationsIn November of 2006 I was on ProzacAlso in November I was not working at the bakeryNow this month I am on Prozac and Metoprolol to keep me from passing out. Any suggestions or ideas what might be causing this.I have been on as far as medication goes:RhinocortTessalon 2xAlbuterolAdvair 2xForadilMedrol 2xPrednisone 2xZithromaxLevaquinTylenol 3Promethazine with codeineCheratussin with codeinePrilosecAciphexI know there is more, but I can't think of them right now. I was on a total of 15 in the first 6 months.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
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  • SUCCESS!! My best friend and retired nurse suggested I purchase a vaporizer and I added 1/2 teaspoon of salt and for the first time in almost a year, I slept without one single coughing spell. My doctor also called this morning, first thing, to pull me off of my Lisinopril for high blood pressure for 7 days and monitor my BP as apparently that is a side effect, violent coughing. I chew sugarless gum during the day to eliminate any embarrassing coughs at work and church and now I pray this vaporizer continues to work successfully!! May it work for you too! It takes a bit to get medications out of your system though. Peace Be With You!
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  • I've been sleeping so well with the vaporizer, I cannot tell you! Still off of Lisinopril and about to start monitoring my blood pressure at my doctor's request. I hope many of you have tried this and have been as successful! Not even the new carpet is bothering me.SUCCESS!! My best friend and retired nurse suggested I purchase a vaporizer and I added 1/2 teaspoon of salt and for the first time in almost a year, I slept without one single coughing spell. My doctor also called this morning, first thing, to pull me off of my Lisinopril for high blood pressure for 7 days and monitor my BP as apparently that is a side effect, violent coughing. I chew sugarless gum during the day to eliminate any embarrassing coughs at work and church and now I pray this vaporizer continues to work successfully!! May it work for you too! It takes a bit to get medications out of your system though. Peace Be With You!
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  • It's nice to know that I am not the only one with this problem. This started for me around October. I caught a bug from my son that went away within about a week or so but the cough persisted for about a month. It eventually cleared but came back slightly in December and now seems full blown. I recently visited the doctor who didn't pay much attention to what I was trying to tell her at all!!! Quite a frustrating experience!! She gave me samples of an antibiotic and prescribed a cough syrup with codeine. The antibiotics don't seem to work. The cough syrup works when I take it but I can't do anything else. Knocks me straight out!!! Just what I need with two younger kids right? Anyway...What I have noticed about my cough is that is accompanied with a lot of mucus. I am constantly having to expel mucus. I generally vomit once a day; which expels a lot of mucus at once. I honestly feel much better when this happens although I don't like the way it feels while I am going through it. At first, I coughed most of the day or so it seemed. But I noticed recently that I don't cough at night and that the frequency of my cough lessens in certain places. So I'm thinking my problem may be an allergy. I try to drink a warm concoction of water, lemon juice, ginger, cayenne pepper, and honey or syrup on a daily basis. Sometimes I add thyme. It seems to soothe the cough some and it's great for high blood pressure. Since I've been drinking this my blood pressure has been normal. I also try to take a multivitamin daily to strengthen my immune system.To be honest, I'm not sure if I'll ever really find out what is wrong with me. Doctors certainly don't seem to know what's wrong. But I have decided that I am going to replace my mattress, have my air ducts cleaned, and have my home professionally cleaned in the near future. Hopefully, this will relieve the cough. I am also going to try changing the air filter in the car. That will probably help as well. My mom, the family herb doctor, is going to make me a herbal remedy. If it works, I'll certainly let you know.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 28, 2009
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  • I have been coughing constantly for 2 months. I have coughed so hard I have had asthma-like attacks. Once to the poin to of passing out that my husband had to carry me to the car to go to the ER. I have had a hoarse voice. Pressure on my chest. Post-nasal drip. Sneezing Headaches. I have been to 7 different doctors, all with different diagnosis, and over 25 different meds. My chest X-ray, CT scan of chest and sinusus cavities, and blood work have come back as negative. The doctors have said asthma, GERD, allergies, and "I just don't know" (but still gave me more meds). In the past two months I have taken prednisone shots and pills, Z-pack, Levaquen, Albutteral in my nebulizer, Tessalon Pearls, cough syrup, singular, advair, allegra D, allegra, multiple nose sprays, and that is just off the top of my head. I am miserable. Everytime I leave my house I have attacks, cold air, smoke and environmental irritants. Also, over the last two years, very time I am around cigarette smoke, cats, cold air, mold, or excessive dust I have an asthma-like attack.The last diagnosis is VCD (Vocal Cord Dysfunction). Your vocal cords contract when an irritant pentrates generally causing an asthma-like attack (I don't have asthma). It seems to make sense. I start speech theraphy(learn to relax vocal cords) tomorrow. Has anyone had these symptoms? Has anyone been diagnosised with VCD? Did speech theraphy help?Carpe Diem. Any insight would be greatly appreciated.:(
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    • February 1, 2009
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  • I really feel for you. I have a 13 year old son who has just developed the samething 2 weeks ago. He runs cross country, plays basketball, and baseball. 2 weeks ago he started coughing pretty bad so we took him to the doctor and they said it was nothing. Two days later we took him back as it got much worse. They gave him some of the meds you have taken, three days after that he was coughing so bad that he passed out and we took him to the ER. They did heart test and exrays of his chest and said that everything was fine to follow up on Monday with the doctor. He sent him to an ENT, who ran the light down his nose and really didn't find anything but gave him a couple more presciptions. By Friday he had passed out six more times and they finally put him in Childrens Hospital were he seen a lung specilist, a heart specilist, and another ENT. After all that and more meds ( a total of 11 in right at two weeks) they said that he is in great shape, that of a great athlete and the cough should go away. That was 2 days ago. He has not stopped coughing for 2 weeks, it is so bad that it breaks you heart. He has passed out three times tonight and we are scared to death. I have no ideal what either of you have but I pray that they can find out the cause so that it can be treated. By the way he had never been sick before. Good LuckI am looking for any help here. Some basic information that might be helpful in this, I am 22 I was 21 when I first started having this issue. I have never smoked. I have been a baker for 2.5 years and have worked at the bakery for 6 years, while in the middle of all this the bakery moved so it was not the building. On November 4, 2005 I woke up coughing, not just any cough a horrible cough, I would cough and cough and cough until I could not breathe. It was a Saturday and first thing on Monday I went to the doctor, my lungs were clear, he gave me cough medicine and told me to come back if it did not go away. It got worse over night and I got a different medication the next day. By Friday I was still hacking and I went back, he did a spirometry, and put me on Medrol, Albuterol and another inhaler I think it was Foradil. It got no better, then on Monday I had to get stitches and I had a reaction to the Lidocaine, and was still coughing so to combat the reaction and hopefully help the cough he put me on Prednisone. It did not get worse and it did not get better, I got my stitches out the day before Thanksgiving, and it was still the same. But, then on Thanksgivng (11/24/05, I believe was the date) it got worse again, only it got really bad and I actually coughed to the point that I stopped breathing and passed out into my Thanksgiving dinner, and then went to the ER. There they did a chest x-ray and it was normal, they drew blood and did a Pertussis test, everything looked fine. That doctor put me on Zithromax and told me to keep taking the albuterol and go back to my doctor. I went back on the Monday after Thanksgiving and he put me on Advair and did a sinus cat scan to see if I had a sinus infection that was causing it. Nope my sinuses were perfect. So he told me to wait a couple days and see if I got better, and obviously it did not. At this point my doctor was frustrated because he could not treat it and he put me on a very strong antibioic and said if that did not help he was sending me to a pulmonologist. I went to the pulmonologist and he tested me for asthma, put me on another cough medication with codeine, and told me to come back if it did not get better in 2 weeks. I saw him for the first time on December 9, 2005. On Sunday Dec 11, 2005, I went to a Packer game in Lambeau field and had to leave early because I was still coughing so bad, I was stopped by the paramedics in the parking lot while I was leaving because I was coughing so hard. Pulmonologist wanted to do a bronchoscopy but, could not because of the reaction I had to lidocaine. So he had me go do allergy testing, I was not allergic to anything. Inclduing my biggest fear which was going to be flour at the bakery I work at. The allergist and pulmonologist told me that I was not allergic to the bakery. I got so fed up with all this, by the time I was done with the allergy testing it was February. I just decided to live with it, hoping it would go away, and it did at the beginning of April. I had the cough for 6 months. And I woke up one day and it was gone. My regular doctor put on acid reflux medications at one point, I don't remember exactly when, but they did nothing. Fast Forward to Middle of November 2006. I started culinary school in August and, was at school and started coughing. The same dry hacking cough over and over again. I went to the doctor the next day I tried to go to the doctor, only my doctor was gone so I had to see a different doctor and this one told me to ignore it, becuase I had only been coughing for one day. I was *****d. I tried to explain my history and she would not listen. So I left, and went home and my instructor would not let me come back to class until I was better. I went to a different doctor, he the same thing, my lungs were clear and he put me on Zithromax and two different cough medicines and told me to rest until I was better, Luckily it was over Thanksgiving break again, so I had 6 days to get better, I did not. Went back to class on December, 4 2006 and passed out in class, I did not cough and stop breathing I just passed out. It turned out that when I passed out in 2005 was not neccissarily related to the cough, but probably just a reaction. They detirmined that I had passed out those two times because my blood pressue would suddenly drop. I am now on medication for that. Over the next couple weeks my cough went away. Now fast forward to this Monday, I get sick again. And yesterday I started coughing. In the last month I had found my old doctor who originally treated my cough and went to him. He put me on Advair, Medrol and if it is not better by Saturday, Zithromax. This time I do not cough and cough until I can't breathe, but, my chest hurts really bad when I cough. If you read all the way through that, thanks. There have been things different when each cough happened.In November 2005 I was on no medicationsIn November of 2006 I was on ProzacAlso in November I was not working at the bakeryNow this month I am on Prozac and Metoprolol to keep me from passing out. Any suggestions or ideas what might be causing this.I have been on as far as medication goes:RhinocortTessalon 2xAlbuterolAdvair 2xForadilMedrol 2xPrednisone 2xZithromaxLevaquinTylenol 3Promethazine with codeineCheratussin with codeinePrilosecAciphexI know there is more, but I can't think of them right now. I was on a total of 15 in the first 6 months.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 8, 2009
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  • I am just about to 'celebrate' my eight year coughing anniversary! Over Christmas of 2001 I developed a flu-like illness. Although it cleared up quickly the cough remained and in January 2002 I began my quest to get to the bottom of it. There are many ways to describe 'my cough'.... bovine, hacking, a cross between Gollum & a donkey. let's just say when i have a coughing fit, it can be heard half a mile away! I'm sorry if you think me glib but it's better to laugh about it than cry. When I presented to my GP he immediately sent me for a chest x-ray. He told me to pack an overnight bag because he was sure I'd be kept in for tests ... I wasn't. The x-ray was clear & I was told there was nothing wrong with me & sent home with an asthma inhaler. A week later I was back at the hospital & although the doctor conceded that indeed 'my cough' was something of an abnormality, he couldn't justify admitting me as i wasn't actually sick. I was referred to the respiratory specialist in the hospital but after a few, non productive appointments I'd had enough when she told me that I should just steam my head over a bowl of hot water & that "it'll probably just go away". This was from the doctor who put me on steriods but neglected to tell me that i needed to take a reducing dose when i was coming off. Stupid woman!!! During this time I had appointments for an MRI, CAT Scan & a bronchoscopy, all were clear. I went back to my GP & he referred me to a hospital in Dublin. My adventures in Dublin included a second bronchoscopy, an endoscopy, barium swallow tests, metacholine tests etc. I was misdiagnosed with asthma during this time ( 18months later testing in a 3rd hospital cleared me).I basically spent a month as a patient taking any and every test going as well as vast amounts of medications and being shown off to med students! When they decided to discharge me I was told to come back a few weeks later so they could give me nebulised lignocaine. i spent a further week as a patient but the lignocaine actually just irritated my cough. The doctor said the only other thing they could think of was to give me nebulised morphine but they wouldn't do that as it would be too extreme. So my time in dublin came to an end with prescriptions for l-Thyroxine & Losec/Lopraz (i was diagnosed with an underactive thyroid & acid reflux, not related to the cough) and still, I was coughing.Another hospital referral this time to another respiratory specialist, and two more weeks in hospital. THis useless doctor saw me for about 18months before he finally agreed to admit me for tests. The tests were all ones that i had taken before so i got no joy there. in the interim I had been wasting my money on alternative therapies, including hypnotherapy as I was no longer sure if my cough wasn't just some kind of psychological construct.I was still coughing a lot. Everybody that knew me were never surprised to find me doubled over or coughing on the floor- I find it helps relieve the pressure and spares me from getting lightheaded and passing out. People who didn't know me and saw were horrified & thought i was dying!! Over the years the frequency of my coughing fits lessened but when it came it hit me hard and I dreaded 'secondary' illness like infections as it made my cough ten times worse. Then my GP passed away and my new doctor took over my case. The first time he heard me cough he said that the problem was in my throat and eventhough the hospitals had sent me to see ENT doctors, my new GP wanted my vocal chords checked. So, another referral to a different hospital. This time they were concered about my false vocal chords so, to make absolutely sure, my GP referred me to a former colleague in a hospital in England. His tests showed no issue with my chords however. He was interested in trying my on Amitriptyline, but after staying on it for the 3months he recommended it had no effect. So now, on the eve of my 8th year it's finally sinking in that there is nothing more that can be done and I'm just going to have to put up with it. This whole month of December I have been pretty unwell, trying to stave off colds and the cough really came back with a vengance. I'm currently taking a cough bottle Exputex because my cough at the moment is very wet, though I was on Codinex 3 weeks ago. Codinex is good for combating the headaches & general pain of the cough. Though I would like to warn anybody taking it to not take it for prolonged periods of time as it can be quite addictive, even after two weeks you would be surprised.So that was my tale of woe! I'm glad to know that I'm not the only one, it's actually really comforting to realise that there are others out there that are probably feeling the exact same things as I am. Friends and family can sympathise but they don't really know what it's like both physically and mentally, having something wrong that has no apparent cause or cure. I've decided to stop obsessing about it and just get on with my life as best as I can but I hope to everyone else, you find a cause and ultimately the cure. E.M.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 29, 2009
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  • has anyone ever suggested the drug montelukast ( it is a leukotriene receptor antagonist) this is a treatment for the cough type of asthma ( the only symptom for this type of asthma is often a dry cough) i dont know if it is of help but i have certainly seen it be of help in children ive nursed
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 20, 2010
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