I'm very new to this. I got a cold and a cough at the beginning of October 2010 and basically, haven't been able to stop coughing since. It's not unusual for me to get an ongoing cough after a cold, but it usually disappears after 4 weeks. In the middle of November I went to the doctor who told me it was a viral thing and there was nothing they could do.
By the middle of January, I had excrutiating pain in my ribs and, because I wasn't able to get a doctors appt quickly enough, I went to my nearest walk-in centre and was told the muscles around my ribs were bruised and inflamed due to coughing. I was advised to take Ibuprofen.
At the end of January, I missed out on a whole nights sleep because of coughing; I was hardly able to breathe, and therefore couldn't go into work. I managed to get an appointment with my doctor that day - even the receptionist was concerned!
She listened to my chest and diagnosed asthama because of the wheezing going on. I was prescribed ventolin inhalers and I have a spirometry booked for 9th March.
I am still coughing but I am very confused as to what is causing it. Sometimes I won't cough for a couple of days but then all of a sudden something will catch in my throat and I can't stop coughing for up to an hour. It doesn't always cause my chest to tighten and start wheezing, and will sometimes go away if I drink water. It's only when my chest and back start tightening and hurting will the inhaler help the cough settle.
Is this common? Apart from seeing my doctor at the end of January I haven't had any advice at all. I literally don't know whether this is asthma, a cough-induced wheeze or just a cough!!
Any advice would be gratefully received.
Thanks (sorry it's a long one!!)