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Date Joined Jun 2005
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   Posted 11/14/2009 2:14 PM (GMT -6)   
---A little background-
Had been developing a dry cough- last 2 weeks--See Pulmonary Dr
She's "thinking"......in terms of "possible"...asthma...(NO wheeze--just "cough variant)-
All my tests normal...X Ray....O2 saturation...in finger..(97%)---
Then...later that nite at home....I "come down" with...FLU!   Chills--fever--nausea--body aches...& terrible cough where I CAN'T sleep! cry
--I call my Dr--She gets back....& calls in 3 scripts...antibiotics (Z pac)-  Medrol...AND cough syrup w CODEINE!
First dose of cough med....helps a lot--I slept well......fever broke..now it's normal....appetite good-- :-)   BUT--------This DARN COUGH will NOT go away!  Not as bad as before...but ..it comes in spells! shakehead  
I'm finished the antibiotic...(5 days)...nearing end of Medrol....(Feeling "hyped up"...but---will finish it Monday!)---what WORRIES me...like all heck.....is the cough!- eyes -Again...not as bad as before cough med----now..I can sleep---BUT..it's still with me!  Last nite..I took 2 tsp....(as prescribed)--before bed...& hot shower---& went right to sleep---!  I'm thinking maybe I should take the cough med...during the day--too.....(on 'directions)---says...1-2 tsp every 4-6 hrs as needed for cough!
I'm really only taking it ONCE during the day.....so as not to.."abuse"..it--!    My wife says I should take it during the day...too---I think I will---!
Anyone---do coughs last this long?  It's going on MORE than...4 weeks...!   (Again..it IS better since beginning codeine cough syrup)---but when I NOW cough..I can "feel"...some phlegm....(medicine also has expectorant--too......Guaiffenssen!  But NO mucous ever comes up!)---
Looking for feedback....from others on "long lasting coughs"....& how long does it take to resolve...even WITH cough syrup.....w codeine!  (and Medrol!)-
I hope I do NOT have asthma!    The flu..came & went---!  But this cough---any comments or helpful feeback?  It's nice NOT to feel...alone!  Thanks...hoping to hear.....Robert

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Date Joined Apr 2004
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   Posted 11/14/2009 2:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Earlier this year I came down with a virus and the main symptom was a cough. I was coughing so bad that I went to the doc to be sure I didn't have bronchitis or something. Turns out that it was just a virus and she gave me an inhaler that helped a little bit but I'm allergic to codeine so that left those cough syrups out! That darn cough stayed with me for nearly one and half months. I felt like there was phlegm in my chest too but the xrays said no. My chest was starting to really hurt from coughing so much. I basically relied on Robitussin DM (which only helped marginally) and the inhaler. It eventually went away but I know what you are going thru. It's horrible! I hope you start to find some relief soon.

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Date Joined Jul 2009
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   Posted 11/14/2009 2:54 PM (GMT -6)   
Okay. Here's my two cents.
I've coughed for three years!
Mine is due the acid reflux induced asthma. No wheezing, just something comes up in my throat and I have to cough to clear. Sometimes there's phelm, sometimes not.

I took medications up the wasoo, had dozens of tests, went through three specialist doctors, and three years to find a solution.... Acid Reflux Surgery. I'm getting evaluated in two weeks for a new type of surgery (EsophyX TIF). Then if things go well, I'll have it done in December.

See a GI it maybe more.

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