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  1. #1
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    Default Allergies? or head cold?

    I have always been pretty healthy. Up till now NEVER any allergies. Ever. Of any kind. But at 57 including last year, I began to cough and choke for no apparent reason. All fall of 2010 I coughed hard enough it felt to break a rib. A couple of times, I puked. It was HORRIBLE. It lasted about 6 weeks. Couldn't go to church, wet my pants constantly. Went to the dr. She thought it was bronchial pneumonia. Gave me killer cough syrup, and anti biotics. Didn't work. cough syrup helped, but it was a small bottle. It went away. It has come back. All the coughing has made me very tired, and all I want to do is sleep.
    To compound the problem, the dr I have seen and loved for years, has suddenly gone off the radar. It is hard to get in to see the new dr, and I am usually shunted off to the nurse practicioner. I was referred to a urologist for my, ahem, problem, and he is a nit. After waiting for two months to get in, I find out he wants to fill me full of water to see if I LEAK WHEN I COUGH! OF COURSE I LEAK YOU FOOL-THAT IS WHY I AM COMING IN!!!
    So I am left coughing, some sneezing, and constantly clearing my throat. And yes I do sleep with a cat. She does shed.
    Any ideas?
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    Did the doctor try you on an antihistamine like Allegra?

    I have allergies that effect my sinuses and the Allegra helps a lot.



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    I had a different problem, but worth a shot. I have allergies but this was getting out of control, constant sneezing and blowing my nose - like every 5-10 minutes. The allergy medicines and cold medicines didn't do anything for it. Finally went to the doctor, who diagnosed a sinus infection. My allergies and/or cold had inflamed my sinuses to the point they ended up infected. I took antibiotics and used a saline spray, which helped clear it.

    Having said that, I am still a generally sneezy/nose-blowing person, and I don't think it's going to change unless I stop exposure to horse hair, dust, and hay.
    Blugal

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    I had this problem. I'd get a cold and end up coughing for six to eight weeks and actually did get rib fractures once from it. Eventually I ended up at an allergy and asthma doc and found out I have allergy and exercise induced asthma. The extended bouts of coughing were the key symptom, plus I just did miserably on breathing tests. And I think the fatigue was related too; constant reduced breathing functions, plus lack of sleep, were draining. At that point I went on Advair for a month, plus started allergy meds, including a nose spray. I also have a rescue inhaler that I use when in a flare, or before strenuous exercise.

    Since diagnosis, I have not had another bout of coughing like that. Now if I get a cold and feel like it is going to my chest, I start Advair proactively. I am on allergy meds every day, for the most part.

    So I highly recommend seeing a specialist.



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    I am surprised you were given heavy meds-the cough syrup you describe probably has Codeine in it, from the Doctor who "thought" you had pneumonia, without further testing. They almost always x ray your lungs to see how severely the lungs are affected.

    I developed allergies in my mid-thirties...It is worth it to try and find a good practice that specializes in such, and have the testing done to pinpoint the allergies.

    Mine were rabbit, dog, certain tree and grass (low) pollens.

    The solution? Yes, medication at certain times of year, BUT, I now own a short haired dog-NO animals in the bedroom, minimal carpets in the house, keep the dog, and her beds, clean.

    Medication when allergy season starts, and limited outside exposure when everything is really popping open-most weather reports tell about pollen levels so you can try to plan outside exposure somewhat. If you are on a farm like me, wear a mask when it's really bad (like putting hay up, ugh...it s*cks).



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    The coughing could be reflux. I had it and coughed all the time and I didn't know why. I thought the doc was crazy when she told me. Prilosec and I was better.
    If it makes you feel any better, I have a cold and sneeze 5 times in a row. And since I'm preg, I pee every time. It is wicked



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    Quote Originally Posted by KTRider View Post
    I had this problem. I'd get a cold and end up coughing for six to eight weeks and actually did get rib fractures once from it. Eventually I ended up at an allergy and asthma doc and found out I have allergy and exercise induced asthma. The extended bouts of coughing were the key symptom, plus I just did miserably on breathing tests. And I think the fatigue was related too; constant reduced breathing functions, plus lack of sleep, were draining. At that point I went on Advair for a month, plus started allergy meds, including a nose spray. I also have a rescue inhaler that I use when in a flare, or before strenuous exercise.

    Since diagnosis, I have not had another bout of coughing like that. Now if I get a cold and feel like it is going to my chest, I start Advair proactively. I am on allergy meds every day, for the most part.

    So I highly recommend seeing a specialist.
    This is my story. Plus I have food and environmental allergies. Milk and wheat are the worst offenders for me. Milk increases muscus in my sinuses and throat while wheat gives me a dry "throat" cough and gas. I use a Neti Pot to rinse out my sinuses at night, saline spray was not sufficent, plus a daily antihistamine. There are three main 24 hr antihistamines and you need to see which one works for you.
    Do find a good Allergist and good luck!
    "Never do anything that you have to explain twice to the paramedics."
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    Reflux?
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    Quote Originally Posted by BravAddict View Post
    Reflux?
    Acid reflux/heartburn.
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    I know, I'm suggesting it as a possible cause for nagging coughing and throat-clearing. But oh, I see that someone else has too! Anyway, that's my vote.

    Reflux fixes for me: smaller meals, last one no less than 4 hours before bedtime. Take a Zantac with a sip of water before going to sleep.

    My reflux triggers are anything minty (gum, toothpaste) and tomatoes (so sad!)
    Disclaimer: My mom told me that people might look at my name and think I had an addiction other than horses. I don't; his name was Bravado.



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    Default Thanks guys

    I am definetly going to go to a specialist. But without the long story of losing my doc-well, she has disappeared off the face of the earth. I went to a doc in the box and she gave me the cough syrup. I hate the thought of allergies, but if that is it, so be it. From what you all describe, Sounds like it could be that.
    How sad to be allergic to tomaotes!
    Another killer of threads



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    Larks mom some things you can do as you look for another Dr. These are things I have done and have seen advised by others:

    Remove as much dust, pollen and animal hair as possible from your car, home, sespecially the bed. Vacuum the mattress and pillows when you change bedclothes

    Shower and wash/rinse hair before going to bed. This removes any dust or pollen on you and your hair. Otherwise the pollen/dust from your hair falls on your pillow and you breathe it all night.

    Consider using saline nasal spray, store brands are ok.
    A Neti pot does a better job of rinsing out your sinuses and is <$20

    Keep a food diary, it will help you track if any foods or the time eaten effects you or not. This will help to track if the issue is or is in part reflux.

    Antihistamines, Benadryl is a good place to start as it is the one first prescribed by Dr. . .ask me how iknow
    The big three over the counter 24 hr antishitamines are Allegra,
    Clariton(sp?) and Zyrtec. My Dr provided samples of all 3 as each works differently for each person. Clariton did nothing, bad respnse to Allegra, so Zyrtec is for me. My eldest brother does well with Allegra

    Good luck
    "Never do anything that you have to explain twice to the paramedics."
    Courtesy my cousin Tim



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