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  • Posted By: t_fleming
  • April 1, 2008
  • 01:02 PM

Hi everyone
I am hoping to get some answers about something that has been happening to my boyfriend for over a year now and despite at least 6 trips to the DR. we are still having the same problem.

Basically it is like he is sick with a cold or something like that allll the time..year round. He is very mucusy and coughs up and spits out mucus almost all day (gross I know). Then almost every morning he wakes up and goes into the bathroom and starts to cough, and he says that his stomach feels bloated every morning and as soon as he starts coughing he needs to throw up. But when he throws up he says its just bascially muscus and no food or anything like that. He is only 23 and this has been happening for over a year now.

We have gone to the same DR now everytime, so the DR is aware of the history of this and this is what he has prescribed so far:

1.) A Chest X-ray about 6 months ago which didnt show anything
2.) A antacid that didnt help
3.) Hes been on 3 inhalers which don't seem to be helping much
4.) He is currently on BIAXIN..its a 10 day prescription and doesn't seem to be doing anything
5.) He told us to get a humidifier and put it in our bedroom which we have done.

I'm really getting worried as no one including my boyfriend can tell us what is going on. To summariaze:

Been going on for over a year
Coughs up and spits mucus mostly all day, but doesn't get sick during the day
Always seems like he has a cold, with a stuffy nose and dry productive cough
WORST IN THE MORNING! Almost every morning he wakes up and coughs and feels as if his stomach is full and bloated and the only relief is to throw it up.The only thing we haven't tried and suspect is an allergy to dust. We live in an old house with a HUGE dust problem and very bad ventilation and we have told the DR about that and he didnt seem to think an allergy test was what he needed.

PLEASE ANY SUGGESTIONS WOULD BE A BLESSING AT THIS POINT!!

Thank you, God Bless

Tara

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  • If he's been looked at for asthma, reflux, and pneumonia, it's time for your doctor to consider other problems. Allergies?
    aquila 1,263 Replies Flag this Response
  • Absolutely this is an allergy problem! Your doc is not doing his job! Fire him. Please find a NAET practitioner to help you diagnose and treat this problem. NAET is Nambudripad Allergy Elimination Techniques and is a noninvasive, nondrug technique that actually reverses the allergic response. NAET is fantastic, it clears the problem rather than just medicating it with allopathic allergy meds. What bedding do you use? down comforter or feather pillows? Do you have any pets? How do you heat your house? What color is the mucus? Does he have stuffy ears? Any sinus pain? Also, get a neti pot or Dr. NeilMed's sinus rinse and have him use this EVERY DAY, twice a day, just like brushing your teeth. This is amazing and will really help keep his nasal passages clear so they can better filter out toxins. You can find these at a good pharmacy usually. Best wishesDOM
    acuann 3,080 Replies Flag this Response
  • Thanks a lot. In answer to both replies..other than the chest xray the Dr has not ordered any additional tests. He has given him 3 different inhalers thinking that it is asthma, but none of the inhalers seem to be helping much. He just recently gave him a prescription that is used to treat pnumonia, he hasn't been taking it long, but again, it doesn't seem to be helping either. He says the mucus recently is a dark grey almost black color and is really thick. We do not have pets and we do use a down filled blanket. I believe the furance is an electric type. We rent, so I do not know for sure. We do live in a very old house, and get very thick dust coming out of our vents..to the point that I have put duct tape over the vents to prevent the dust from getting in. I think we are going to try to get in to see an allergy specialist, but in the meantime, should we try and over the counter allergy medication to see if the symptoms lessen at all?
    t_fleming 2 Replies Flag this Response
  • You mentioned living in an old home. I lived in a 100 year old home that took on some water. Within 8 days, I had a chronic cough, wheezing, post nasal drip, nausea, and a headache. It turned into bronchitis, then pneumonia, then chronic asthma. I am now controlled with medications but take a daily maintenence inhaler, have a rescue inhaler, have a pneumonia shot 1x every two years, a flu shot every year, and if I have even the start of a cold I have to take a strong antibiotic followed by a regimen of Pro-Biotics. I also had to move out of my house. I went back a few times and each time I was thrown into a tailspin. They finally figured out what I was reacting to. It was mold from the water intrusion. Good luck, I know how hard it is to live like that.
    italianirishj 9 Replies Flag this Response
  • You mentioned living in an old home. I lived in a 100 year old home that took on some water. Within 8 days, I had a chronic cough, wheezing, post nasal drip, nausea, and a headache. It turned into bronchitis, then pneumonia, then chronic asthma. I am now controlled with medications but take a daily maintenence inhaler, have a rescue inhaler, have a pneumonia shot 1x every two years, a flu shot every year, and if I have even the start of a cold I have to take a strong antibiotic followed by a regimen of Pro-Biotics. I also had to move out of my house. I went back a few times and each time I was thrown into a tailspin. They finally figured out what I was reacting to. It was mold from the water intrusion. Good luck, I know how hard it is to live like that.My DIL has been sick on and off for the past two years. Their house isn't old, but the roof leaks terribly and the landlord has done nothing. They moved this week so we are hoping the illnesses will end. Her doctor also feels she is constantly sick due to the moisture and possible mold in the attic space.
    Beth56 272 Replies Flag this Response
  • It is a rotten thing to have to live with. You know, if you have asbestos, or lead it is recognized and taken care of. You say mold and everyone looks at you like you are crazy. Our water damage was caused by our roofers using leaky tarps after removing the whole back half of our roof. When I say water intrusion, the plaster walls cracked, the wood door frames twisted off the wall, it was crazy. Our insurance company and the roofers insurance company both claimed that mold was not harmful and therefore didn't have to be removed prior to fixing the damage. It's interesting though, you have to disclose it if you sell your home. Uggh, I'm going to get emotional now. I hope you find an answer for your boyfriend soon and Beth, I'm sure moving your daughter out will help her.
    italianirishj 9 Replies Flag this Response
  • Yeah I wouldn't be able to tell if there was asbestos or not in the house..wouldn't surprise me. It also wouldn't surprise me if there was mold and all that as well. I have checked all around the baseboards and along the windows to see if there is anything visible, so far, I haven't seen much. But I can not even explain our dust problem. And its not just regular dust, it is really thick and furry..if that makes sense. I have changed the furnace filter 3 times in 2 months and each time, it is just caked with dust. I have taken the vacuum and taken off the vent covers and vaccummed out as far as I can reach, and no exaggeration, the dust is back and thick in a week. Where the vents are in the house, there is a trail of dust leading up walls etc, although I do clean it regularly, I can't even keep up with it. Unfortunately, I live in Calgary, AB and housing here is impossible to find and what you can find is severely overpriced, so moving right now is not possible as he is scheduled to have surgery on his back in a couple weeks for an unrelated problem, so we kinda have to stay where we are. and our landlords dont seem to concerened about the dust issue, we have mentioned it to them.
    t_fleming 2 Replies Flag this Response
  • I'm so sorry to tell you this but what you are explaining is not dust. It is black mold. In addition to what your boyfriend is experiencing it can also cause memory problems, speech problems, depression, and mood disorders. I would make an appointment with an environmental allergist and bring a sample of the mold with you. That is a very dangerous environment to live in. It is possible to eliminate mold if you can find the source of moisture, bleach it and dry it out. From the sounds of it, you may have a leak in one of the walls. I would also call a plumber to inspect or an enviornmental tester. We have a local company, Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr, and Huber. You can check out their website to give you an idea of who to get in touch with locally. This will not go away if you continue to live in that environment and can cause permanent damage to your boyfriend.
    italianirishj 9 Replies Flag this Response
  • Yeah I wouldn't be able to tell if there was asbestos or not in the house..wouldn't surprise me. It also wouldn't surprise me if there was mold and all that as well. I have checked all around the baseboards and along the windows to see if there is anything visible, so far, I haven't seen much. But I can not even explain our dust problem. And its not just regular dust, it is really thick and furry..if that makes sense. I have changed the furnace filter 3 times in 2 months and each time, it is just caked with dust. I have taken the vacuum and taken off the vent covers and vaccummed out as far as I can reach, and no exaggeration, the dust is back and thick in a week. Where the vents are in the house, there is a trail of dust leading up walls etc, although I do clean it regularly, I can't even keep up with it. Unfortunately, I live in Calgary, AB and housing here is impossible to find and what you can find is severely overpriced, so moving right now is not possible as he is scheduled to have surgery on his back in a couple weeks for an unrelated problem, so we kinda have to stay where we are. and our landlords dont seem to concerened about the dust issue, we have mentioned it to them. Back surgery? Have you explored all your options including acupuncture before resorting to this? Back surgery is very scary IMO, and oftentimes causes more pain than it helps...What is his diagnosis? DOM
    acuann 3,080 Replies Flag this Response
  • I got through the first paragraph, and was screaming "allergies"! My husband has SEVER allergies, he recently had sinus surgery and takes allergy shots. He no longer does what your boyfriend is doing. (He done that for YEARS though!) I would say start with OTC products like Claritin & Zyrtec. See if those offer any relief at all. If some, see a doc for allergy meds....cause sometimes ONE allergy med don't work. And sometimes it may take awhile to find the right one for him. If not, see an ENT, not a family doc!
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies Flag this Response
  • It does sound like mold or even lead, since the house is so old. The ventilation totally needs to be replaced. Can you move? Just make sure he's tested for TB, which should have showed up in the x-ray, but he may need another one. Try to find a specialist who knows something about mold. Eliminate dairy/cheese..
    Monsterlove 2,921 Replies Flag this Response
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