Hello everyone. I'd like to explain and ask for advice about me and my 9 year old son please.
Me - Every 3 or 4 months I get coughing fits. No shortness of breath, they don't get any worse when I'm more active. Coughing usually continues and gets worse making me be sick ( clear gooey stuff ). Sometimes it only last a couple of weeks then I'm fine for a few months. If I get a cold then I'm always left with a very bad cough for a few weeks after that too.
Right now I've been coughing for about 4 weeks. I'm tired of people staring. I'm 34 and tired of feeling and looking like a 80 year old woman.
Today the doctor gave me a peak flow meter. I'm not sure how long I have to fill it in for, but I'll contact them in a few weeks or something...
Now to the tricky part. My 9 year old son has been off school for 4 weeks now. He started getting headaches, then was sick each night when he went to bed.
This then changed into him being sick just about all the time. He wouldn't eat, whenever he drunk water it'd come back up...
2 weeks ago he went to the doctors who said he had a viral infection. 1 1/2 paraceats every 4 hours...
This week and he's much better. He's stopped being sick but is now left with a very bad cough. He gets very out of breath when he goes upstairs to the loo and has to sit down until his breathing has calmed down enough to come back downstairs.
So today he came to the doctors with me. I explained his symptoms, doctor listened to his chest. Said he's perfectly fine and there's nothing to treat but I should carry on with the paraceats.
We go back to the car (my mum took us), and my son starts having one of his breathing fits. Coughing and couldn't get his breath.
I know what I should have done. I should have gone back into the doctors and asked him to come and look at him. But I didn't With the doc saying he's fine I felt a bit foolish.
I'm worried about the time off from school. But as it stands now my son can't walk to the end of the street without having to sit down and catch his breath. We tried it yesterday!
I'm worried about the lack of concern from the doctors. If the viral infection and symptoms are over now then why is he having breathing difficulties now?
There's certainly something wrong with him and I just don't know what to do.
My brother has asthma, wheezing, coughing and being sick. I don't know much about it although he's on 2 inhalers (a brown one and a blue one). With the doctor giving me a peak flow meter today, it's starting to look like I have some kind of asthma too.
But with my son I really don't know what to do or what to say other than if he walks anywhere he gets out of breath and then sounds like bag-pipes when he sleeps.
Either we're going to have a really bad ""not being able to breathe"" episode one night and end up phoning for an ambulance, or the school bobby is going to turn up and cart me away for all the time off school he's had.
Any advice or ideas would be greatly appreciated