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Old 05-11-2012, 08:12 AM   #1
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Lungs Hurt?

Hi there,

I am wondering what is going on, I have been having a chronic cough for the last several years. I went to an allergist the other day and she said that my lung function is normal. But here is what happens if I have to exhale deeply I start coughing and seeing spots because I am coughing so hard. Also if i talk to much or do the slightest bit of exercise I start the coughing fit.

Now my lungs hurt all the time. I feel like there is something wrong with them. If I start coughing to much I have this stabbing feeling in my left lung only. It does not feel like a pulled muscle so I am wondering what is going on.

My GP diagnosed me with asthma and put me on Symbicort plus a resuce inhaler. My lungs still hurt. Now the allergist changed that to dulaira. My lungs do not seem to be getting better. I have only been on it for a few days.

I am wondering what is going on? The allergist is not sure if I have asthma because my lungs sound fine. But they sure don't feel fine. If I don't have asthma could the medication be making me feel this way. Would it cause a cough and hurt my lungs?

By the way I thought that I would mention that a have a daily fever of about 100 degrees and I am very fatigued.

Hoping someone has some suggestions or insight. Thanks!

 
Old 05-11-2012, 08:51 AM   #2
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Re: Lungs Hurt?

Well, how you described the coughing sounds a lot like me & I do have asthma. Lung function tests are not always the best indicator for people with cough variant asthma. I can get great results when I am coughing the most. I also had a lot of trouble when talking a lot, especially on the phone. As for the pain, there is a condition called costochondritis, which is an inflammation. I got it from coughing a lot. The fatigue could also be explained by feeling lousy and coughing all the time. Excessive coughing is hard on your body! But I am at a loss with the fever. Asthma shouldn't cause a fever, nor should costochondritis. Have you talked to the dr about the fever? What did he/she say? You mentioned that you have only been on the meds a few days, they can sometimes take weeks to reach their full effectiveness. You might ask the dr about doing a short burst of oral steroids to help you feel better until the other meds kick in. Do you have allergies? If so, then getting them under control will also help the asthma, if that's what it is. I decided on immunotherapy, and it proved to be a HUGE help in getting my asthma under control. My asthma has now been really well controlled for about a year, and I am currently in the process of stepping down my meds. But don't give up on trying to get better. I did, because I got frustrated after an allergist told me the I would just have to "get used to" coughing 24/7. I wasted an additional 2 yrs before I found a new allergist who was determined to work with me to get to the bottom of things and fix me. And he did! I think its important that you be sure that your drs know the extent of your coughing. You might even want to keep a journal showing the dates, times, how long you cough each time and what you were doing when it started. Also be sure to include other effects of the coughing, such as seeing spots, having to stop what you're doing to cough, coughing to the point of vomiting or urinary incontinence etc. It is important that the drs realize it's just more than a cough or 2 here or there. Best of luck, hope you get to the bottom of this soon!

 
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Old 05-11-2012, 09:00 AM   #3
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Re: Lungs Hurt?

Thanks so much for your help. I was on Symbicort for 2 years on and off. I have been on it constantly for months now. Just switched to dulaira on Tuesday. I know that it is not much time but I thought that since I was on Symbicort it might work faster. Thanks again!

 
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I would suggest a pulmonologist to try and get a definitive answer and proper meds. Sometimes it just takes tria and error to find the right med.

 
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