I have been coughing for 6 weeks now. My symptoms progressed as follows:
Week 1: Consistent dry cough and severe heartburn
*Went to the doctor and was prescribed Omeprazole for my heartburn. I have been taking one pill daily and have not had heartburn since*
Week 2: Slowly developed sinus congestion and cough worsened significantly to a deep lung
cough. I was coughing up greenish-yellow mucus along with blowing it out of my nose. I started coughing all night and therefore began feeling exhausted every day from lack of sleep.
*Took Robitussen DM and Nyquil only sparingly as they did not appear to help very much. When I start coughing and can't stop, the only thing that helps is to take 1-2 halls.
Week 3: Same as week 2.
*I went to another doctor who told me that there has been a virus going around that can last up to 2 weeks. She gave me an inhaler
(Symbicort) to take twice a day to help with my cough. To date, this hasn't helped at all.
Week 4: My sinus congestion cleared up completely, but the cough remained. I was no longer coughing anything up. My cough was consistent throughout the day, but seemed to worsen at night and in the mornings.
*Continued taking my heartburn meds, the inhaler and halls.
Week 5: Coughing still but slightly less than at week 4. I have coughing fits throughout the day that halls seems to help. At this point I've gone through 5 bags of halls.
*Went to a doctor again. Had blood work and a chest xray done, both of which came back normal. My doctor prescribed me with flonase (Fluticasone Propionate Nasal Spray). I have been taking it twice in each nostral per day for a week and now only once per day. I do not see a significant improvement. I was also prescribed Robitussin with codeine to help me sleep, but it was not effective at all.
Week 6 (current): My coughing persists. My throat is slightly sore. My immune system seems to be very bad. I'm quite pale all the time, I have had 2 bad cold sores in the past 2 weeks (before that it had been almost 2 years since my last one), I am exhausted constantly from lack of sleep, I have a very hard time getting to sleep at night when I never did before, and my stress level has increased because I am in school now.
I am female, 28 years old, and have no preexisting conditions that I am aware of. I have mild allergies to dust and animals. My allergies have not been out of control through this. I have been tested for asthma
before and do not have it. My throat glands were only swollen and tender for the 2 week period I was very sick.
Any ideas on what I can do to get better? My frustration is mounting.