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:
Promethazine with codeine
Cheratussin with codeine
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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