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WC 52 yrs ago and still coughing

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • February 3, 2011
  • 03:42 PM

I had WC when I was 15 yrs old before a booster shot was required. The cluster that I was part of was the impetus for research that determined that infant dPt inoculations did not confer lasting immunity to WC. For several yrs after that whenever I caught a cold, the WC coughing returned. I seemed to be better for about 10 yrs and then, living in Monterey CA, the extreme coughing and a deep voice happened whenever I caught a cold. Since about the age of 60, whenever I catch a cold, the coughing returns -- often to the point of passing out (which happened when I had the initial WC). I have tried using all kinds of OC cold meds at the first sign of a cold but inevitably the cough develops and the only thing that works when the coughing episodes begin is hydrocodon or I would pass out. I have told drs about the WC history but they seem to think there is no coorelation to what I am experiencing and prescribe antibiotic Rxs that do not really address the problem; the 'whatever" must run its course. I have been evaluated at a major university research hospital and the result is a limp smile and a shrug -- maddening! Otherwise I am in excellent health, take no meds except a vitamin, exercise and eat wisely.

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