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Strange long lasting cough

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • September 4, 2006
  • 03:08 AM

I have had a cough now going on about two weeks. It started out a dry cough that has turned into the most irritating cough with flem. I will have such severe coughing attacks especially when I lay down. I cant seem to catch my breath during my coughing spells either, and it gets to the point where I am gagging. My husband also has this same cough as well as another family member that does not live with us. I thought that it might be Whooping Cough but am not sure. My three year old had a severe cough for about four days but them it went away and has not returned. Does anyone have any suggestions as to what this might be?

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  • For all the mystery cough sufferers, you may want to try this! Cleanse & detoxify your body! I have been cleansing on & off since January, but have been off cleansing for the last few months, because I was taking a lot of phytonutrient capsules and I was afraid to take them on an empty stomach. I skipped eating last Sunday and just had watermelon and soup, it is now the 3rd day and I'm starting to cough so much less, okay I do have a lot of stuff coming out, like parasites, but I wanted that. If you do a cleanse make it a sensible one, I'm a big fan of Dr. Schultz who instructs you how to do a good cleanse, colon, kidney's, liver and he is a herbologist. Cleansing is just one part of my alternative therapy to get rid of my breast cancer. There is a lot of info on the net and a lot of books. I plan to be rid of this stupid cough by the end of the week!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 12, 2007
    • 00:21 AM
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  • this is most commonly caused by p.n.d.eliminate allergens and atmospheric irritants.treat with mltiple courses of high dose antibiotics to---eventually---eliminate the slight ,perhaps unnoticable sinusitis causing it.sinusitis is the bane of mankind,due to our evolutionarily flattened faces,everything has to be crammed into a much smaller space than the ancestral muzzle permitted.it can ,and usually does take more than three months after t5he bacteria are all dead,for the hypersensitised lungs to recover.this is why people think that treatment is so often unhelpful. they will not stick with the tactic long enough.sadly recurrence is common;once the lungs have learned how to become hypersensitised they will do so again at the slightest provocation.staying on top of the sinusitis avoiding u.r.t.infection and meticulous cleanliness in the home are your only defences.in the recovery phase i find that aspirin is most helpful,as it reduces the inflammation in the lungs; this is not widely known.g.e.r.d. is a less common cause,and occurs in older people,frequently with hiatus hernia.the cause is different,but the problem-----hypersensitised lungs----is the same in each case.there exist more serious causes,which must obviously must be eliminated,but they occur less commonly,and usually do not recur,if you take my meaning,so safety first with this problem.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 15, 2007
    • 10:36 AM
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  • i have the same thing and any suggestions would be most helpful...this is really starting to affect my life and give me serious chest pains and i am only 17.....please help!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 17, 2007
    • 05:58 PM
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  • Have you seen a doctor about it yet? What's been tried so far? It's true for anyone, but especially at 17: ANY cough that lasts for more than a 2-3 weeks needs to be checked medically. I'll also warn you in advance: many doctors -- faced with a pulmonary problem they can't figure out, will simply lump it in their notes as "asthma". It may seem abstract to you at the moment, but believe this: you do NOT want that diagnosis at your age -- it will make you uninsurable later on due to the insane state of health care in this nation. But for this reason, my suggestion is to start with an allergy/asthma specialist, rather than your GP. They also are the best shot to discriminate and diagnose your cough. Best wishes
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 17, 2007
    • 11:41 PM
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  • I have had a cough now going on about two weeks. It started out a dry cough that has turned into the most irritating cough with flem. I will have such severe coughing attacks especially when I lay down. I cant seem to catch my breath during my coughing spells either, and it gets to the point where I am gagging. My husband also has this same cough as well as another family member that does not live with us. I thought that it might be Whooping Cough but am not sure. My three year old had a severe cough for about four days but them it went away and has not returned. Does anyone have any suggestions as to what this might be? I had the same sort of thing early this year, and it lasted 2 months! I ended up going to hospital, as I thought I'd had an asthma attack, as my coughing fits were so severe I'd vomit or nearly pass out. I was told I had an infection in my respiratory tract, and a chest infection. I was also told it would get worse before it got better, and would pass without medication. A few weeks later, it had.:) I cannot say that this is what you have - but it's possible. I'd see a doctor, and if they can't diagnose you, seek a second opinion. Good luck!:)
    Jaime Sommers 6 Replies
    • December 1, 2007
    • 04:02 AM
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  • I live in England so i guess this cough is circling the globe. 3 Months later i still have it and my immune system seems to be terribly down. I am catching everything.*Flu*This cough developed (September)*Vomiting*Tonsilitis*Now all my glands are swollen*And i still have the cough that means i can't breathe. It's really scary when i get a bad one, besides embarrasing due to the noises i make.DayumxRachael
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 10, 2007
    • 10:20 PM
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  • I described my symptoms some months ago - see above. Since then I've had a CT scan, colonoscopy (as I have previously had colon cancer) and endoscopy. CT and colonoscopy were clear - great news. Endoscopy (gastroscopy) showed a healing superficial ulcer near junction of oesophagus and stomach. I believe that cough can be a symptom of gastro-oesophageal reflux disease and hiatus hernia, so maybe this ulcer is the source of my problems. I have had acid indigestion in the past so try to steer clear of aspirin and non-specific anti-inflammatory drugs, but my doctor did put me on ibuprofen for a repetitive strain injury just before my cough developed, so maybe that triggered trhe ulcer and hence the cough? The ulcer might also perhaps have given me the symptoms of low-level fever and general lack of resistance to colds that have plagued me over the past few months (although I am a lot better now).
    UKMike 3 Replies
    • December 18, 2007
    • 00:36 AM
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  • I've Had A Choking Cough With MUCOUS & Sore Throat For A Month. It Gets So Bad I Vomit. Wakes Me Up At Night & I Have To Get Up To Get My Breath. I Have To Sit Up & "sleep" Because If I Don't I Choke Real Bad That It Scares Me. I Have The Cough During Day But Not Like At Night. I Do Have Some Pnd. Have Been To Doctor 3 Times & At First She Said I Had Bronchitis Then Next Visit I Didn't Have It Because Chest X-ray Came Back Clear. I Am Fatigued To The Point I Stay Irritated. Fever Comes & Goes. I'M GOING TO ER. I Need Relief. This sounds a lot like what I've been going through......know this post is old but I hope you happen to read it............I've had this cough about a month and a half......went to the doctor twice..........I cough and cough and then the gagging starts I throw up globs of mucus.......first dignosis was sinus infection second was strep throat problem is I don't have a sore throat.....after I gag and throw up I run fever......the fever doesn't last beyond 30 mins at the most.......getting desperate because this isn't living......I don't just have this at night this happens when ever.
    Poeticwhispers 3 Replies
    • December 29, 2007
    • 05:33 PM
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  • I have just this evening sat down to find online a reason for my persistent cough. It is terrible and hits hard often and at the worst times..when shopping at the store,at my nephews school programs,work and I lose alot of sleep at night because of it.I so far have atributed it to the fact that I had been diagnosed in the past with asthma,chronic bronchitis and have had pneumonea many times..and yes,I smoke (stupid I know) however the cough has been going on for four months or more. Just yesterday while at work (at a hospital) one of the nurses heard me coughing and pointed out that for the longest time she is always hearing me and my hacking cough and then asked me "are you taking blood pressure medicines?" my answer yes two kinds, Zestril and Atenelol.She said that is most likely why I keep coughing. I began checking the meds. side effects and did find that these drugs cause a severe cough and bronchial spasms causing cough that gag you and make you throw up like it happens to me. I will be talking to my Doctor next week about this, there are alternitive b.p. meds that don't cause this. So if you don't know why your cough is so persistent maybe you should check the possible side effects of any meds that you take even if it isn't blood pressure meds. Good luck to all of us with this problem.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 18, 2008
    • 11:10 PM
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  • wow really close to my problem.......since I posted in dec. I've went to another dr. one I trust....he has me on yet another antibiotic but he did say a bloodpressure med I am on could be causing.....he did a chest xray which prompted him to sch. a ct of my chest.....don't have the results back yet........well he is thinking chronic bronchitis......and yes smoking also.....so i'm now on chantix I have just this evening sat down to find online a reason for my persistent cough. It is terrible and hits hard often and at the worst times..when shopping at the store,at my nephews school programs,work and I lose alot of sleep at night because of it.I so far have atributed it to the fact that I had been diagnosed in the past with asthma,chronic bronchitis and have had pneumonea many times..and yes,I smoke (stupid I know) however the cough has been going on for four months or more. Just yesterday while at work (at a hospital) one of the nurses heard me coughing and pointed out that for the longest time she is always hearing me and my hacking cough and then asked me "are you taking blood pressure medicines?" my answer yes two kinds, Zestril and Atenelol.She said that is most likely why I keep coughing. I began checking the meds. side effects and did find that these drugs cause a severe cough and bronchial spasms causing cough that gag you and make you throw up like it happens to me. I will be talking to my Doctor next week about this, there are alternitive b.p. meds that don't cause this. So if you don't know why your cough is so persistent maybe you should check the possible side effects of any meds that you take even if it isn't blood pressure meds. Good luck to all of us with this problem.
    Poeticwhispers 3 Replies
    • January 20, 2008
    • 01:38 PM
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  • I think that there is a new virus that is spreading. I have had a recurring cough since November 2007. ( i never get sick BTW)It first started with a cold. The cold went away, then the cough came. I had a fever with it, lost my voice, but i got better after like 7 days. The next time it came back in Dec 07, only the cough came back, no fever, no cold.It also went away after 10 days this time.Then now, Jan 2008, a week after the cough was almost gone. It came back again. Now i have almost lost my voice and i have a dry cough with little phlem. I am loading up on vit C, teas and rest. STaying away from outdoors, smokers and harsh chemicals so that i can get better quicker. I have no idea what is going on , but lots of peole here in the East coast has that same cough. I met a girl who said she has had it for months!!Something is going on. A new virus or mutated cough virus that is spreading. I think lots of people have it here in the east coast.No media has covered this yet. I'm surprised.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 26, 2008
    • 04:46 AM
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  • I finally got my test results back and basically my blood work and CT looked good.......he has me on advair and an inhaler for emergencies...........also found a lump very large one on my thyroid although he doesn't think it has anything to do with the other symphtoms.......i go back in for a ct of my thyroid.
    Poeticwhispers 3 Replies
    • January 27, 2008
    • 10:45 PM
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  • I have a daughter that is 2 and 1/2 years she has a cough for a about a year now, we been to different pedriatricians; her coughing is specially at night or when she naps or it get wrost when she cries, she is been on different medications such as Zirtec, Albuterol for asthma and now on flovent but the doctors do not confirm that she has asthma, does some has someting simillar that can help me??? and also she has been waking up at night because of the cough and ends up vomiting:confused:
    vivininoska 1 Replies
    • January 28, 2008
    • 04:43 AM
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  • Greetings fellow sufferers!I live in rural Ontario and have had this cough since last August. I am slowly losing my mind. Re drugs and inhalers - you name it, I've been on it - also many herbals and mega-doses of vitamin C. Nothing works. Only my neti pot provides some relief. I fall asleep with a Hall's in my mouth and wake during the night coughing. I have coughed so long and hard that I have thrown up - also coughed up blood on occasion. I have many new broken blood vessels across my nose, I assume, from all the coughing. The whole thing started with a spectacular case of hives early August. I have never had them before and was in emergency room twice. They went away after about a week and a few days later, cough started. It has gotten progressively worse and has put a severe damper on my life. We have torn our house apart - had basement sprayed for possible mold, thrown out all my beautiful feather duvets and pillows. I used to get terrible sinusitis headaches ( don't know if it's connected). Now my ears seem to be also affected and I am experiencing sweats.Doctors (gp - allergist - respiratory specialist) don't seem to know what this is. Cough also gets worse in evening and I haven't been able to lay on my back since August. Sometimes I can only get out a word at a time in between coughs. My nose streams during coughing fits and I gasp for air. I notice that the last post here was made in January. Wonder if anyone has more info to share.Please help!!!
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  • You don't need meds to stop smoking. Seriously, go to your library and check out the book "The Easy Way to Quite Smoking" by Alan Karr I think. The book has a 90% effective rate...all you have to do is read that book. I know the title sounds silly, but it is SOOO TRUE. Take my advice...I'm not even saying buy the book, this is not a money propoganda thing...just read the book from start to finish, and when you are done, you will be a non smoker. You can even smoke ALLL YOU WANT while you read. Do yourself a favour, read the book then spread the word once you know it works. It works like a charm...all you ahve to do is finish the book from page one to the end...nothing could be easier. If you read it in three days, by the end of the 3rd day you will be a non smoker. If you read it in 4 months, then in 4 months you will be a non smoker. Period. Stop spending money, just go to your local library...EASY.
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  • I was about to commit my self to nut house because thought I was going crazy.I'm sorry all of you have this problem, but glad too. I have been to three different doctors and have gone through antibiotics, Claratin D, Alegra, Zurtech, and steroids. I have been sent to a pulmonologist who said I had a Post Nasal Drip and Sinusitis. After all the CT scans and exrays and medicine I still have the cough. I have had this cough everyday without fail for two years now. I coughed so bad once that I puked in the middle of a Restaurant. So now they think Reflux is causing it, so I was sent to a GI doctor. They have performed a endoscopy and place some kind of monitoring device down my throat for two days. The Pulmonologist performed Bronchoscopy, but didn't find anything other than those disorders I said before.The only break I get from this cough is when the doctor gives me a prescription of Histussin cough syrup which one table spoon makes the cough go away for whole day. They wont call me in anymore because its addictive so I'm left to suffer coughing uncontrollably day in and day out. I'm so tired of coughing I could die.
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  • post nasal drip.the lot of you.shared circumstances is the clue here.evironmental allergens=swelling in nasal passages+blocked sinuses=infected sinuses allround.then the bacterial goo leaks down the back of your throatsand irritates your lungs.they become hypersensitive to anything but absolutely clean air and produce lots of phlegm to protect themselves.bingo!chronic cough allround.clean your environment. tackle allergy (assume it is present)with cetirizene. reduce nasal swelling with sudafed. the doctor should prescribe several courses each of high dose antibiotic.because the lungs have become sensitised you will need to persevere for perhaps three or four months after the bacteria are dead.this is the reason people with this problem say that the antibiotics made no difference.how do i know?easy! p.n.d. is the most common cause of chronic cough.the next trouble is that once your lungs have learned to respond inthis way they willgo back to it whenever you have a cold or flu and you willprobably be backto sensitised lungs and a long wait again.avoid colds!DOES ANYBODY EVER POST AFTER THEY HAVE BEAT THEIR SICKNESS???I'm in the same boat as everyone else on this thread. I suffer from seasonal allergies. But this started with a sinus infection. One round of antibiotics,late FEB.(Augmentin) and had improvement for a week and a half. Got worse, another round of antibiotics(Factive) and the sinus stuff has stayed away. BUT I still have the tight chest! It has been much better since the antibiotics, but I'm still a little wheezy. Energy level is much better now, but I'm not 100%. I am a very active person, and the decreased energy level kills me! I want my lungs back! I also want to see somebody post here who has beat this crap and is back to normal!I thought I was well on my way till I did a little hiking last night- Long steep rocky hills after a full day at work- Started sucking for air and chest got tight. Recovered pretty quick with a productive cough, but apparently this crap is still lingering!!I'm 32. don't smoke. very active. treated for mildly high BP. like beer. 6ft, 200lbs. Eat well.Had this crap since DEC or JAN. Post if you've beat it!
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  • I've had this same cough on and off since October 2007, live in San Diego. I thought it was from stress originally, then thought it was allergies and now I don't know what it could be! It was gone for maybe a month or so but now it's back in full force accompanied by an extremely runny nose and stuffy head. I'm going to urgent care tonight after work and will let everyone know what the doc says!
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  • I have had a cough now going on about two weeks. It started out a dry cough that has turned into the most irritating cough with flem. I will have such severe coughing attacks especially when I lay down. I cant seem to catch my breath during my coughing spells either, and it gets to the point where I am gagging. My husband also has this same cough as well as another family member that does not live with us. I thought that it might be Whooping Cough but am not sure. My three year old had a severe cough for about four days but them it went away and has not returned. Does anyone have any suggestions as to what this might be?That definitely sounds like whooping cough to me. I have been diagnosed with it, have had it almost 3 months now. Starts off like a normal cough, quickly changes to spasmodic coughing. Cough is immediately followed by gagging/choking sensation. My doctor said she's had a few cases of it recently. Mainly adults get it because their immunity can wear off. Only half of cases exhibit the well known 'whoop' noise (this is actually the noise made when inhaling after a coughing fit).
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  • I just had to respond after reading this. I too live in LA and have had this for months. My doc prescribed antibiotics - they took my cough away for about a week - then it came back. It started where it only happened at night - it seems every couple of hours I would wake up from coughing and the only thing that would help is to get up - walk around a bit - and take a halls. Then it moved to daytime cough as well. My doc also though it was reflux and gave me meds but I still have it. I am going to try the antibiotics again to see. I am tired because I cannot get a full nights sleep. I dont know if its just the LA air because I travel quite a bit and I was still getting the coughs. Any info anyone has I would love to hear it.hello i too live in los angeles it is a virus thats going around here.i got it from my husband who got it from work every body i know has had it.it lasts from 3 to 4 mounths some got real sick coughing up mucus; blood when blowingthier nose and fever and mucus in lungs . myself i had bad cough only in the day the coughing got so bad i hurt my ribs so i could not sleep at night i also had bloody nose.everyone i know which is a lot of people have gotten over it .my husband and i still have it but. his is clearing up now. i still have cough fits and still spit up mucus but its not as bad as when i first got it it is a nasty virus i pray it willgo away soon .
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