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    Chronic Cough w/pregnancy lasting 4 months so far...
    momma2lucas posted:
    If you have or know someone who has had this please give me ideas,suggestions i am at my wits end! i developed a chronic cough at 3 1/2 months that was originally diagnosed as bronchitis..well it has never gone away (i am now a week away from 7 months) i have been to pulmonologist 4 times, my ob , been hospitalized for antibiotics and iv prednisone, which helped some. they have no idea what is causing it. i mean its non stop every 5-10 mins i have a bad fit-my head, stomach and chest ache from 4 months of this. it is hard to funcion, literally just from a stinking cough! my white blood count is good indicating no infection, my cough is unproductive (no mucous) they say my lungs sound clear, 2 xrays show nothing. i have been treated for bronchitis-2 rounds of zpac, acid reflux, ashtma... they are clueless!! i have found alot of other mb's online where women say they have this till delivery with no explanation but i dont see much info, and i dont know these sites i trust webmd and the ladies here. sorry for long and rambling i am getting desperate for help!
    cheyenne828 responded:
    I'm sorry I cannot help you other than to let you know I went down with a cold in October and my cough lasted 6 weeks. It was horrible and I believe I cracked ribs or severely pulled muscles which bothered me for 8 weeks. I hope you find relief soon!
    Pam 37, DH 37 ~ TTC 1 ~ BFP 5/29/09, MC 7/7/09 ~ BFP 12/14/09, early MC 12/20/09 ~ BFP 7/24/10, will be taking this one day at a time....
    cheri320 responded:
    Hi Momma!

    I don't have any great words of wisdom for you either, but it does seem to be oddly common. I have had a cough for weeks now accompanied by a sore throat that only comes in the morning and evening. I don't know why and nothing seems to help. I'm trying not to take too many meds since they just seem to give short term relief anyway. I am also holding on to the hope that this will just be one other thing that goes away when I deliver. Let me know if you find relief in something...I'm curious too!
    Cheri (37) DH (40) DS (1/30/09) Baby 2 due 3/9/11!
    octobertwo replied to cheri320's response:
    I have a cold and have been coughing for a week, had the flu the week before. Thought I was gonna go back in to the doc again when I remembered he mentioned a cool mist humidifier. Helped tons. Hope the coughing relents.
    UKbluegirl2 replied to octobertwo's response:
    I had a cough the entire time with my 3rd. Many times it woke me up at night coughing so hard that I threw up in bed (TMI, sorry). I was on countless antibiotics and meds but nothing knocked it. The day after I delivered I had a chest xray and all was clear. By the time I was released, my cough was nearly gone. But it was excruciating MOST of my pregnancy. I understand what you are going through and I'm sorry.
    jakaur responded:
    i have what's called "cough variant asthma". it's basically just as you're describing, and it's a LOT worse during pregnancy. you may not have wheezing like with traditional asthma, so sometimes doctors don't diagnose it right away. it can also take a while to find the right med or meds combination to treat it.
    luckily, most of the asthma meds are pretty safe during pregnancy (several are category B), so treatment is possible. it just takes a while sometimes to get it right. so before giving up, check with an asthma specialist and see what they think.
    jakaur replied to jakaur's response:
    that should say category B.
    Mommy2Kara responded:
    I have had the same exact thing since I got pregnant in August 2010. I am due in 6 weeks. It has been terrible. I have it all day and all night and they keep telling me to take Clalritin or something. I had a chronic cough with my daughter 3 years ago but this one is worse. I wish I could tell you I found something that helped but besides cough drops or mints I don't have an answer. I am just glad I am not alone. I feel like I am the only person out there who has this and when I am out somewhere and cough they say oh you sound like you have a bad cold. I get tired of trying to explain that I have had this cough since August. I definitely know what you are going through, I will let you know if mine goes away after I deliver. It did with my daughter for the most part, I think it is allergy related but no allergy medicine really helps. Hang in there.
    angiebean720 responded:
    This sounds exactly like what I am going through. I am going into my sixth month and have had a dry unproductive cough for over two months. I have done the antibiotics, the chest x-ray, the prednisone, inhalers, suppressants and acid reflux medicine... I'm coughing as I type this. I get sharp pains in my head and two days ago, I pulled a back muscle from coughing. I can't take anymore! My ob referred me to an internist who treated me like I was crazy and the er can't do much more than they've already done because I am pregnant. They called it asthmatic bronchitis at first but my lungs cleared up a bit after the prednisone, yet the cough remains. I made my own appointment with a pulmonary specialist for next week but I'm not hopeful. I am wondering if my weight has anything to do with it. Any ideas?
    ConsciousMama replied to angiebean720's response:
    Dearest angiebean720, Oh, I feel for you, Girl! My current pregnancy struggles are tremendous, but a cough that long with no resolve would really test my limits. Have you ever looked into hypnosis? My nausea was excruciating the first two trimesters, pretty much constant. I tried hypnosis because there was a free student clinic, and in the session I felt my nausea melt away when I was in a totally relaxed state. That's when I realized my long-standing nausea was largely a result of my own emotional issues. I mean, no doubt, hormones are at play creating my intense body sensitivity, but I was able to experience complete relief in my stomach as long as I was able to maintain that relaxed state. My nausea improved by probably 90% since that day. What do you think? Is it possible that the answer, the cure, is not external, that there is no medicine that can help? Is it possible that only you have the power to solve your problem? Do you think that with the help of a guide you can totally surrender to relaxation and experience the sensation of air filling and exiting your lungs you gently flow through and past the cough response without indulging? Imagine the pleasure of simply breathing, if you didn't have to face this torture. It's pure ecstacy just to breathe. Ahhhhh~ Release it and smile with that glorious exhale... Could it even be possible that you could retrain your lungs with some practice? I think it might be, and I think it's possible it could happen quickly. Love, blessings and hope to you~

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