I have had a chronic cough for 4 months! I am not a smoker... never have been. Had all the PFT testing done and it all came out normal. Now, I have develped SEVERE bronchial spasms that are not improved by any of the standard asthma meds (albuterol, spiriva, flovent, etc). I've been on steroids for 4 months now and just seem to be going downhill! I feel like I am dying and no one seems to know what is wrong with me! I cant even talk (and I'm a speech therapist) because talk=cough! Narcotic cough meds don't help! Here is a list of all the meds they have tried to no avail:
Spiriva, Advair, Flovent, Albuterol, Tessalon Perles, Steroids, Antibiotics, singulair and on and on and on! I'm at my wit's end and don't know how to proceed to try and find an answer! Any advice would be greatly appreciated~!
Have you had a CT scan of your chest? That seems to be one of the best tools for getting a good look at lungs and bronchial tubes. Were you started on any medications, like for high BP, around 4 mos ago? New pets, change of environment, any exposure to anything that could be irritating the lungs? Any underlying cardiac or other medical problems? It seems you need a thorough work-up by a pulmonologist at this point to get to the bottom of it. There are many tests that can be done to figure out whether this is severe asthma or something else that is going on. Are your oxygen levels staying up or dropping? Sorry for all the questions, but the history is so important to get a sense of direction.
Last edited by ladybud; 04-17-2013 at 04:50 PM.
I am having a CT done on the 26th. Cant wait! No new meds, new pets or changes to any of my routines really. I am also scheduled to see a cardiologist on the 29th.... NOT excited about that! Ive seen him before and he did stress test and it was literally the worst thing i have ever experienced! Totally thought i was going to DIE! Oxygen levels are in mid to upper 90's so normal, I guess?? This is really scaring the crap outta me! It's been going on for too long and NOTHING seems to stop it! The asthma meds don't really help, the cough meds don't really help.... I'm at my wits end! Trying to keep up a full time job while feeling awful and coughing 24/7 isn't easy!
I know how you feel. I'm having the same issues. I generally only get a cough when I have an infection, but since I had bronchitis in Jan, I seem to cough a lot more. I don't usually bring up any phlegm, but its a deep barking cough that sounds like it comes clear up from my toes. I get light-headed/dizzy too - sometimes to the point that I have to sit down because I feel like I am going to pass out. I get shortness of breath as well. It used to be only extreme activity would do this, but now, even walking 3 or 4 feet from my couch to the kitchen will do it. I don't cough so hard I throw-up, but I have been know to cough so hard I wet my pants (something I'm told only women who have had children are supposed to do - which I have not) and it often makes me double-over and feel like I can't catch my breath.
Did you get any answers from the specialists you saw, Donna? I can't get my pulmonologist or PC to take me seriously, so not sure where to turn to get help, but wishing/hoping I get answers soon. I'm on disciplinary action at work, and only have 1 sick day left that has to last me until next Jan. At this point I'm really frustrated. My peak flows are generally in my "green zone", but on the lower end and apparently my spirometry tests are normal, though my pulmonogist has never explained to me what my numbers are and what they mean. So she is not really taking me seriously.