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Old 11-05-2011, 04:40 PM   #1
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Weird version of Cough Variant Asthma

Hello board, I have been living with a violent cough for 3 months now since and upper respiratory tract infection. I seem to get these bad coughs after an Upper Resp infection and was wondering if this was cough variant asthma. The weird thing about my cough is that it goes Away at night when I lay down. It also seems that now the cough seems to be irritated with talking and moving but is well controlled with standing still. I am currently taking Symbicort and 5mg of prednisone a day. PFT showed moderate lung restriction, X-ray came back clear. I am going for a CT of the chest on Monday and my pulmonologist is recommending bronchoscopy if the test comes back neg since my asthmatic bronchitis symptoms are so strange. Does this board have any advice or does anyone out there sound like they are presenting like me?? Thx for your help

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Old 11-06-2011, 01:23 PM   #2
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Re: Weird version of Cough Variant Asthma

I've had something similar. I'd get a very bad cough with a specific respiratory infection (haemophilus influenzae). For me, any attempt to speak would trigger a deep hacking cough that sometimes would go minutes at a time. I'd usually be ok sleeping because I wasn't talking. Even after the infection was cleared with antibiotics the cough would not go away. A pulmonologist told me I had asthmatic bronchitis. An ear/nose/throat specialist said my voice box was inflamed & to stop talking because that irritated it more. The only med that controlled the cough was a rx cough syrup called tussionex for 1 to 2 weeks - it suppressed the cough but made me tired and sent me into the ozone. I was also on asthma meds for a month or two. I've had repeat episodes over the years and have learned to recognize it coming on, so the earlier I start the meds & stop talking the less severe the episode seems to be. I also had xrays, CT scans, endoscopy & a bunch of other tests that ruled out other problems.

Old 11-06-2011, 09:48 PM   #3
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Re: Weird version of Cough Variant Asthma

You may also find that laughing, very hot or very cold weather, fragrances, cleaning supplies and smoke, with lots of etc, can trigger a violent coughing fit.

Old 11-08-2011, 02:08 PM   #4
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Re: Weird version of Cough Variant Asthma

Hi, I have cough variant asthma myself, and before I got my asthma under control, talking was a huge trigger for me. I couldn't say more than 1-2 syllables without stopping to cough or to try to supress a cough. Also for me, when my asthma is aggravated, probably the worst time for me is from the late afternoon until I go to bed, but when I go to bed, if I lay very still, don't move & don't try to take any deep breaths, the coughing will normally subside also. I have heard many other cough variant types say that lying still and not talking will decrease coughing symptoms. Only when I'm very very sick do I cough all night. So see, you are not that odd!!! Hope you feel better soon

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