I've been diagnosed as having Asthma for about 14 years now and in the beginning it was awful, I used to be up all night in the summer coughing and wheezing etc etc.
But then when I eventually went to see my GP he diagnosed Asthma and gave me all the relevant meds and peak flow equipment etc and all calmed down dramatically and I could actually sleep at night. And I would also get the yearly Flu vaccine.
This went on for about 7 or 8 years. As time went on my symptoms nearly disappeared and I even stopped taking my reliever places with me. And the other bad thing I did was also start smoking *cringes at the reaction*.
Well all was fine and only every now and then I would have a bit of tightness in my chest but a puff or two on my reliever and I was fine and dandy again for months at a time.
Not this time though I've had what appears to be flu or other similar respiratory tract infection that has left me with a VERY productive cough. You'll be glad to know I cut out the fags, just walking past someone who is smoking brings on a coughing bout (even if I am outside). Hopefully I'll be able to keep off them for good.
But anyway, back to what I was originally saying, since developing this cough I have had practically no sleep whatsoever because of the coughing at night. I'm trying everything to alleviate the symptoms enough just to get some shut eye so I can function at work but I'm at a loss. I've had the window open to help circulate air, I've had Vicks vapo rub, bathed in olbas oil and even overdosed on a bottle of mucus cough mixture but nothing is moving it.
I'm now at the point that I'm throwing up at night because of how much I am coughing, even though I have no appetite and haven't had for days. My lungs feel like they're going to jump out of my chest when I cough and my ribs hurt, and boy do I mean hurt. There seems to be no let up.
One thing that does provide temporary relief is a hot bath but obviously I have work etc and don't get paid if I'm off sick as I'm a temp. As soon as I'm out of the bath though and my body returns to sub-freezing temperatures (that's what it feels like all the time. I'm sat with two t-shirts, a thick hoodie and a duffel coat on right now and I ain't warm) the mucus starts to come back and so does the cough
I have a doctor's appointment but that's not until Monday and I am just at the end of my tether. My reliever seems to be running out of effectiveness too.
Anyone able to offer any sort of advice on what I can do to help relieve it whilst I wait to see my GP?
Sorry for the lengthy message and thank you for taking the time to read it