Whooping Cough Or Bronchitis! I Cough & Can't Breath.
Posted 15 March 2011 - 11:45 PM
It does not feel exactly like Bronchitis, I've had it before. I've had horrible coughs where I can't catch my breath and sound somewhat funny - nasally and like a little horn. It's weird.
I started with a bad cold and sore throat and fever and it's progressed to this weird cough-thing.
Tonight I ate a Flinstone Vitamin and it 'tickled' my throat. This lead to a violent choking/not able to catch my breath/try to cough fit where I had to go down on the floor. Very abnormal for me.
I'm now taking Zyrtec + Benadryl (per my Doctor, to help dry things up). I am on an antibiotic to help in case it's bacterial or Whooping Cough, too. I've looked online and this isn't unheard of, and it's often the Whooping Cough or Post-Nasal drip.
Has anyone dealt with this? It's really stressful because I start a new job next week and I hope this fades more.
I wish I'd have had a Tetanus Booster in the last five years...that supposedly helps stop Whooping Cough.
Posted 16 March 2011 - 12:16 AM
Sorry you're having to deal with this on top of everything else.
Posted 16 March 2011 - 01:17 AM
It is so weird to think Whooping Cough is going around again of all things.
Posted 16 March 2011 - 11:31 AM
One thing I would advise is try to control the cough, if you hold the cough and your breath for a few seconds usually you can keep it from getting too out of control! You want to try to keep it down because you could break ribs or throw a clot. I ended up with a pulmonary embolism and cracked ribs from coughing.
I healed up just fine, for a few months I still had pain and soreness in my chest but slowly it got better! The only thing I notice still is a wheezing noise when I turn a certain direction and put pressure on my lung and chest.
Hopefully your case will be milder, best wishes and good luck! Feel free to msg me, I would love to help you if I can!
Posted 16 March 2011 - 11:40 AM
My oldest had her DPT before kindergarten back in 1991, and to this day I swear they gave her the live vaccine or something. She developed a cough that lasted 3 months! It would get so bad at night that she threw up almost every night with her coughing fits. When she started kindergarten, I sent her with a "chuck-it bucket" to carry in case she coughed so much she vomited. The doctor never mentioned whooping cough. She used inhalers, meds, etc., but nothing seemed to work. Around the 3 month mark she started to get better.
I hope it eases up soon for your new job!!
Posted 16 March 2011 - 08:52 PM
Good luck with everything and get plenty of rest.
Posted 16 March 2011 - 11:51 PM
We're hoping I had a mild case since I've had a vaccine (sort of like when you have a flu vaccine and catch a flu but it's not 'as bad.')
I think I'm starting week 4. Week 3 was the worst coughing and it's improving but I have to use Mucinex and Benadryl which I usually don't take to keep things more 'dry.' My chest/bronchi are sore, I get winded more easily, and am more tired than usual (but can't sleep well!).
I tried to get into my Doctor again but they are booked up for two weeks - something is going around. And since I'm on the antibiotic that covers Whooping Cough, they aren't recommending I go to urgent care. It's probably too late for a swab and there's not much to do except take the antibiotic and keep my allergies under control and try to stop the post-nasal drip which aggravates things.
The timing is impeccable, though. I thank everyone for your advice and understanding. I don't want people at work to think I'm sick (I'm wondering what people thought of the poor kids with their buckets! Pour souls!). It's awful because you can feel OK (but with chest pain, a bit shortness of breath from the irritation) but then the coughing/gasping comes on.
Andrea - I will PM you tomorrow. Thank you!
Posted 17 March 2011 - 05:19 PM
I remember my whole life basically if I had a bad cold/bronchitis things would do that tickle thing and being left gasping for breath unable to catch a breath for a moment.
I just thought it was normal and everyone went through it-now I'm not so sure.
Posted 17 March 2011 - 05:35 PM
However, I seem to get that same type of cough you are describing, and I end up gasping for air inbetween coughing spells. This has happned with almost every cold/influenza I've had since having pots. It's like the tickle just doesn't give up and I can't stop coughing - gagging and my head feeling like it's going to burst from coughing so hard. I'm currently in the middle of another cold (seems like we've had consistant colds/flu this season - worse than any other year I can remember, and I had such bad coughing spells my daughter brought me a trash can to throw up in, because it was so bad. I totally feel your misery and hope you can find something to help, but when you do, let me know because I have tried everything when those coughing spells hit and nothing helps!