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Anyone fancy diagnosing me - my GP has no ideas...
Anyone with any ideas - should I be pushing for a sooner referral? Asthmatic and on inhaled steroid medication since I can remember, but well controlled for a number of years (despite 10 years of on and off smoking - given up for 5 years). Since pregnancy with 2nd DC, for a period of a year, have had a horrible on and off (more on than off) productive cough. No bacterial infection, inflammation markers are normal, bloods are normal (apart from low vit d), chest x-ray normal. Cough can get pretty bad - pulled a muscle coughing in pregnancy, now starting to get bad again, breathless after coughing, during coughing am incapacitated. Have lost weight so I'm now under pre pregnancy weight. Change in inhalers hasn't made a difference, oral steroids made a small difference in pregnancy. GP admits he has no idea, and suggested stopping all my inhalers (!) before upping me to a stronger dose...which isn't making a difference. Had to fight for a referral, and now waiting - could be 2 months before I see someone. I know it's a shot in the dark and I've posted about it before, but does anyone have any ideas? The only other odd thing is that it came on the first time after my flu jab and has got much worse again since my 2nd flu jab, though this could be coincidence...
No idea, but is your gp treating the low vit D? I've heard that low vit D is particularly unhelpful for asthmatics. I've been in a similar position and when I eventually saw the respiratory specialist he changed my inhalers and added some more, but you could be entirely different. Is your PF good? If your PF is low it might be helpful to use a ventolin a few minutes before your steroid inhaler. I also got a what felt like a low grade chest infection after this years flu jab, but have recovered now.
Could it be allergy related? For several winters I've had an awful cough that has lasted months. Last winter my gp put my on allergy meds at the first sign of the cough and I haven't coughed since. Maybe worth a try.
I have asthma which is generally pretty much non-existent (I am allergic to damp molds, but live in los angeles, so not much of a problem here). However after I get a chest cold these days, it can last for weeks and weeks. The last couple of times I waited 3 weeks before going to doctor and getting a week's course of steroids which mostly cleared it up. This last time, I got the course of steroids within a week and it really cleared up much more clearly and thoroughly. I found that my asthma (and my lungs' ability to recover from colds) got much worse while I was pregnant and then as I headed into peri-menopause. I started hormones which helped, but I am now just about menopausal and am finding that things are getting a little worse the last year or so.....All of this is to say, try another week of steroids (just the bog standard prednisone) and go on the pill or hormone replacement and see if that clears things up.
An allergy was my first thought also. Also, do you have sinus problems as well? Sometimes fluid from the sinus can drip into your chest and cause a cough. I think it's called sinus drip, or something like that.
have you taken a decent strength antihistamine daily for several weeks - that is definitely worth a try.
i had some really random cough, skin and nasal symptoms for ages without anything working then started antihistamines due to something else and it all stopped within a couple of weeks. no real way to know what the allergen was/is but antihistamines controlled it.
i found loratadine best for me - it's worth a trying a few to get it right.