Can't stop coughing

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Date Joined May 2008
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   Posted 5/20/2008 6:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, I am new to this forum, and am at my wits end.  If any of you have similar experience, relevent advice (don't worry, I'm trying medical avenues and have an appointment with an internist and will not do anything without proper consultation).  or anything to offer, I would be very grateful.
When I was a child, I was diagnosed with asthma.  For years, I didn't believe that I actually had it, nor did I take my medication for it, because my doctor didn't explain to me his knowledge about cough-variant asthma.  Apparently, he explained this to my parents, but not to me.  I didn't believe it until my mother (who also has it) pointed out that she had it undiagnosed for years, and after enough damage, pogressed into more regular asthma, for which she has had to be hospitalized with. 
I've always been prone to developing bronchitis from viral infections, but in 2003 ( I usually get one once or twice a year) they started lasting abnormally long.  At first they started lasting four weeks, then six, then eight.  Then in 2006  had bronchitis for three months.  Finally that one went away, until the sprng of 2007 when I came down with a virus, and then ended up with bronchitis for six months.  Now, during that, I discovered that the apartment that I had moved into during the winter of 2002, had a major toxic mold problem that remained hidden within the structure, until flooding and our lack of air-conditioning brought it out into the open. 
So, I moved into a much more modern apartment (the apartment that I had lived in was a very old house that used to be military housing a long time ago, and had been divided into two apartments (we were n the basemen).  By October, I had for the most part stopped coughing (save for the much less occasional but still usual dry cough that just seems to be a part of my life, even with treatment).  Then in February, I came down with the flu,and had bronchitis through March.  I am a flute player, and even though my voice was starting to come back and my coughing was less, the longest phrase I could make was 2 measures (standard is 4).  So then in April, I caught a cold and from that bronchitis, I was struggling for breath every measure (I couldn't even make 1 measure!) and I am still coughing.  It is still somewhat productive, though appears to not be infected.  I am now back to being able to make 2 measures (in 9/8) unfortunately not yet in 4/4.  (9/8 essentially boils down to 3 beats per measure), but I'm still hacking like a seal.  This is totally getting in the way of my life.  I'm on all kinids of allergies and asthma meds, I am nebulizing with 2 different meds, and I'm just stuck.
Does anybody have any ideas or siimilar experiences?

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   Posted 5/21/2008 8:05 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello CapricaSix, Nice to meet you, wish it was under better circumstances. I would recommend a soothing (peppermint) Tea and plenty of water. Sometimes we take for granted how much water we need and when your on all these medications it's just so hard for the water to get replaced in our bodies. Other than that I would say go back to the doctor and try to get some help..
Good Luck to you.
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   Posted 5/23/2008 3:23 AM (GMT -6)   
Have any of your doctors checked you for fungal infection in your lungs? It is possible that a fungal infection may cause symptoms that won't always respond very well to regular asthma medications. You may need treatment for the black toxic mold exposure before your asthma will settle down and become manageable again. A Naturopathic Physician may be more helpful for this, as they are usually more experienced with eradication of fungal infections.

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   Posted 7/5/2008 12:10 AM (GMT -6)   
Last year around this time I'd been coughing my head off for 6 months.  I had seen my doctor many times and he was beginning to believe I was a hypochondriac.  Then, he suggested I see the allergy specialist.  As a child I had over 50 allergies and had been on allergy shots for about 10 years.  I was told that I should be retested as an adult to make sure I had not developed any new allergies.  Well, the allergist I saw only tested me for the most common allergies of the area and I did not test positive to any.  What a surprise!  He did however discover that I had out of control GERD which, along with compacted sinuses, was causing all the coughing.  I was put on Prilosec twice a day and a three week supply of antibiotics.  My cough went away except for the morning cough.  Wow! what a relief!  I was later diagnosed with Crohn's which explained why I had such out of control GERD.  Recently, though, I developed a jaw ache and a swollen gland on the right side of my face just under my ear.  I had not been doing any of the allergy stuff I always did because the allergist last year said I wasn't allergic to anything.  I went to the urgent care yesturday and the doc said that with sinuses as inflamed as mine I definately had allergies--but the allergist just didn't test for the right ones.  I was put back on Claritin, Sudafed, and flonase and was giving an antibiotic. I was told that in time all of my pain would go away and the gland would go back down.  I have been in horrible pain all day, but I'm praying the doc is right and hoping for some relief soon.  So, maybe you should be tested for GERD and sinus stuff.  It's worth looking into.

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   Posted 7/5/2008 7:20 PM (GMT -6)   
Hope you are feeling better soon.  GERD is a bear.  I'm glad to hear that is getting better for you.
Take care!

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