I have had asthma for many years now. I'm lucky because it's only brought on by exercising and I'm quite good at managing it.
Unless I have a cold...
I'm posting this here because, honestly, I don't know if what I'm going through every time I have a cold is normal.
My cold starts out like for everyone else, runny nose, sore throat, some coughing and discomfort. Then, after a few days usually, the real fight begins.
I can feel a constant tickling and tingling sensation about halfway down my throat (on the inside, of course) which seems to make my body constantly tense and on the brink of starting a coughing fit.
Then it breaks out. I cough and cough and cough. So hard I can't breathe. I start shaking, I often start crying and throwing up from the intensity of it all. And it all seems to be in my throat, not my lungs? At least that's where the pain and tickling is.
At the peak of my cold these coughing fits keep me up almost all night. That just come one after another and, honestly, sometimes I'm really scared because I just can't breathe. My body is so busy coughing I don't seem to have the time to actually take a breath.
I've tried to go to doctors with it but I never seem to have a coughing fit when I'm there as there's only a few minutes you can spend with them and it never seems to be the right timing.
I'd like to know if anyone else has these extreme symptoms and coughing fits and if so, how do you cope with them?
A tired girl