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I'm in my twenties, and I've had a chronic cough since at least June. There's usually a lot of mucus, but I have a difficult time expelling it. Almost every single day for half of a year, I've been coughing violently until I vomit.

My doctor put me on antibiotics multiple times, Advair, Singulair, steroids, cough syrup with codeine, and albuterol. On my own, I have tried an insane amount of cough drops, OTC cough syrup with DXM, tea, Mucinex, Vick's Vaporub, and Chloroseptic. I also take allergy medicine every day, I've had allergy shots in the past, and my tonsils were removed as a toddler. The codeine gives me the most relief of everything, but I still usually cough to the point of vomiting, even taking the maximum dose of that. Mucinex sometimes helps a bit, but it doesn't make it go away either.

I've passed out from a lack of oxygen a few times, because I can't breathe while coughing. I've been to the ER at least 4-5 times in the last 6 months, and I've seen my GP. They said I don't have pneumonia, mono, or strep. I've been told it's maybe chronic bronchitis or asthma, but neither really fits. My extended family has suggested whooping cough, but I've had it far too long for that to be the case.

I had to quit school and my job, because I can't function after not getting more than an 15 minutes to an hour of sleep at a time without waking up to an insane coughing fit. It's just as bad during the day, and it's no worse/better inside or outside, home or away, or in different cities.

I am so tired all of the time, presumably from a lack of oxygen, my abdominal muscles and throat are so strained from coughing, and I have a constant headache too. It's amazing how much constantly coughing can make everything hurt.

I just want to feel better. This is getting so draining, both physically and emotionally, since I can't really go out in public or see my friends. What should I do? I need answers. I can't live like this.
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replied November 5th, 2010
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Whyyyyy,

So sorry that you are having this problem...

Have you been seen / evaluated by any other doctor than your GP? Have you had a 2nd opinion?

Do you know what tests have been performed?

You said this started about 6 months ago. Did you do anything differently about that time like move, get a new animal, detergent, cologne, etc?

Suprised you haven't broke a rib or two from coughing so hard.

Zig
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replied November 5th, 2010
I've lived in the same place for over a year, and I haven't changed anything else. I don't even wear perfume at all. They did a strep test months ago, and a quick mono test, but both were negative.

I've had several upper respiratory infections in the last two or three years, and I've had to go to the hospital a few times, and those doctors kept thinking I had pneumonia after seeing me and listening to my breathing/wheezing. However, the X-rays always came back negative.

I haven't gotten a second opinion from another GP, but I've gotten the opinions of several doctors throughout this ordeal. All they really do is give me something to treat the symptoms, and that doesn't even work.
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replied November 7th, 2010
Whyyy, Does your breath smell infected? Have you ruled out a fungus in your lungs?
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replied November 7th, 2010
I haven't seemed to notice my breath being any different than normal, but it's hard to tell when I constantly have a cough drop in my mouth.

They did a chest X-ray, and they didn't say they found anything whatsoever. I'm not sure for what they were looking, whether just pneumonia or fungus as well. However, like many other things, the symptoms fit.
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replied November 9th, 2010
My wife suffers from the same thing. Every night she coughs severely all night and is tired all day. She has been going through this for at least 6 months. Im trying to get her to go to a lung specialist
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replied November 18th, 2010
I have had the same problem fo almost 10years. Nothing helps. I just wake up one day it stops and then a few months later its back again. Nothing matters, time of year, different seasons, different states, different countries, aroung people that smoke or don't smoke. I know what you mean this is an awful way to live and always finding yourself telling people u are not contagious. What do we do?

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