I'm new to this forum.
I got sick with the same cold that my entire family got the first week of January. They all got better. I keep going back to my primary care doctor. I had a sinus infection and bronchitis. After 3 rounds of different antibiotics, I think that the sinus infection is gone. I just saw the doctor again today, and I still have the bronchitis and uncontrolled asthma.
I have had asthma for several years. Twice in the past, I've used advair (in addition to albuterol). This past week, I tried asmanex, and now I'm using advair 500 twice a day. My doctor said that it should work within a week.
I am really sick of going back to this doctor. Her assistant called me back today to tell me to come in today for more chest xrays. I thought that was strange, because I had some done last week. My husband is a nurse, and told me that it was a common thing to do, because someone can have a normal chest xray one day, and pneumonia the next. Okay, fine, I went in. She hadn't even looked at my chart to see that I'd had them done last week. When I reminded her, she said, "Oh! I guess that we don't need them after all!" She then proceeded to listen to my breathing and repeat her earlier diagnoses of brochitis and uncontrolled asthma. I paid $20 for this?! So I begged her to change me from asmanex. I didn't feel like it was helping at all. In fact, I felt like it caused me to cough even more.
All that I do is cough and sleep.
I also have ulcerative colitis, and am flaring with that.
I broke my arm badly just before Christmas, and it finally healed. I still don't have the range of motion that I would like with it, and it is still weak, but the orthopedist seems happy with it. The last xray showed that the breaks are nearly healed.
Now that you know a brief history... what can I do about this coughing? I feel really weak and tired, and my head has been hurting for a week. I have been thinking about seeing a pulmonologist or an allergist. Suggestions?
Thanks for reading this long post, and for any thoughts.
Diagnosed Dec. 2003 Ulcerative Colitis
Currently in flare since 1/08
Sulfasalazine 3g/day Albuterol 2x/day (Asthma)
Azathioprine 150 mg/day Advair 500/50 2x/day (Asthma)
Allergic to: Rowasa, Demerol, Bactrim