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Everlastingcough posted:
Hello all,

I think you guys are the only ones that can relate to the way I feel. I got sick in Jan with a cold that turned into bronchitis. After 6 weeks the doctor diagnosis changed to asthma. I have been dealing with this for 4 months and counting.

My asthma is irritated by the weather(cold). I travel for work to cold climates and had an asthma attack. I live in the south where it is warmer. I am on a no travel until further notice.

The worst part is this everlasting cough. I am on all the meds; dulera, albuterol, nebulizer, predinose, coughing med, nexium. It is so embarrassing. I can't speak without coughing. I can't sit, lay down, walk or anything without coughing. My throat is in constant pain. I have no desire to do anything. I work from home and I can't have conference calls without coughing. This cough has me sore and weak.

I seen the ENT specialist which stated that there isn't any blockage in my throat. It is just my asthma. I also have a great Asthma specialist that I just began to see. I am feeling depressed as it so frustrating. Family and friends are supportive but they don't know how it feels.

Has anyone else experience a hacking cough due to asthma? Please give me some advice. I try not to cry because I don't want to have an attack.

Thank you.
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cwille responded:
hi, unfortunatlly i have , for about 5 years now, but the good news is that there might be something that helps, i use pulmicort , plus atrovent and lidocaine, lidoncaine is for the cough, it does help most of the time, and i also drink hot tea with lemon and honey, that just sooths the throat, i have tried just about everything , i had a doctor tell me to try to cut a patch out of lidocaine patches , the kind people use for pain, and attach it to your throat for about 12 hours, for 7 days, i hate to say it , but it didn't work for me, not saying it wouldn't for you though. I was also in the hospital in january for the asthma and the doctor there told me to try to chew on the benzonate (pearl pills)and swallow them, it makes your throat numb, these are just some of the things doctors told me to do, make sure you ask you doc first, I know how you feel , sometimes it is like you think your lungs are going to come up, i really feel for you and hope you can come up with something, i also know what u mean about family and friends, they mean well, but if you don't go through it you just don't know.
 
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Everlastingcough replied to cwille's response:
Thank You so much. I go back to the specialist on Tuesday. I am restless, can't sleep because of the cough. I will ask him about your suggestions.

Praying for healing as this has really knocked me off my feet. Do you find using the nebulizer to help with the cough? I am not seeing a difference.
 
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cwille replied to Everlastingcough's response:
sorry about taking so long to reply, hope your doc appoint went well, and yes the nebulizer does help me. I use lidocaine with my nebulizer when i start to cough. I use a lot of different meds for my cough , i use cough syrup with codiene, pearl tablets, tylenol 3 with codiene and other things, not all at the same time naturally, but when none of that works i usually end up in the hospital for about 5 days. Hopefully your doc can help you good luck.
 
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amcate responded:
I just saw this as I've been out of it the last two weeks-trying to cough and clear things from my lungs, but then unable to I guess due to airway resistance. Laying down was impossible for 3 nights in a row because the cough wasn't strong enough in that position to get the crud out. I had to sit upright for that....ended up being a kind of work out for my stomach, though.

I was told at one point I had cough variant asthma, but as I've done more research on it, I'm not sure that allergist was describing me right. In any case, I've had asthma for 15 years and the way it presents has varied over time. Initially, it was a dry persistant cough that was nonproductive. Then, the attacks would start with a cough and progress to a long exhalation with a wheeze. Now, I cough with a tight sound and lots of clear, frothy fluid and very tight lungs and heavy due to the fluid. So, I don't know what I would be called.

You say live in the south, I assume the south USA. When I lived there, winters usually didn't bother me because the humidity is high (at least in Texas). When I moved to the high desert of the Southwest, their winters are colder and drier. I kept going into flares in the winter and couldn't figure it out until I monitored the humidity in my apartment and found it was going below 10% for days at a time in the winter. So, I bought a humidifier from Mission Allergy that also kills mold since I'm highly allergic to mold in the regular humidifiers. It's helped a lot, and in the past has helped me get out of flares. Don't know if that's your situation, though.

The nebulizer usually will open my lungs, even if I only get a partial response. Sometimes this will make the cough worse as the fluid in my lungs comes up easier. It's not a bad sign, only that the cough is more effective at clearing the fluid since the airways are more open. It sounds like your cough is without fluid, though. It's been several years since I've been diagnosed, but I think my cough initially was without all the fluid. I couldn't afford the nebulizer, though, so just moved to a less dusty apartment and that solved that at the time since I had very mild asthma....so I don't know that my experiences are relavant in terms of the nebulizer.

Crying also makes my asthma go weird and all the tears and mucus goes into my lungs, so that I can understand. Like cwillie said, I also can relate of people who mean well but can't understand because they don't live with it. It's like you're in two different worlds.


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