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12 October 2010 @ 01:25 am
More medical misadventures...  
...wherein I lose even more faith in the medical establishment. :/

So, I went to the doctor today since my cough seems to be getting worse, not better. The doctor took all of 8 minutes to determine that there was "nothing wrong" - despite witnessing a coughing jag. He also suspects that the irritation of coughing and reflux due to coughing is irritating my throat and causing more coughing. I'm glad that there's no evidence of pneumonia or whatever, but I don't know that I can endorse "nothing wrong." He suggested dextromethorphan and guaifenesin, which I pointed out I'd already been trying. He grudgingly gave me some codeine syrup with the admonition not to drive while taking it. I figured I'd just use it at bedtime...

That is, that was the plan until I had a coughing spell so bad I really could not breathe for long enough I started to panic and get dizzy. (of course, I was home alone.) I'd just decided it would be more dumb to die choking than to have to call off EMTs en route and started toward the phone they could trace (since I was not able to speak to give an address) when my body vetoed the whole endeavor. Reverse gear cleared up the issue, but made eating the rest of dinner seem like a spectacularly bad idea. Now I'm also concerned about taking a narcotic - I don't want to be too out of it if it happens again... So it's the three pillows elevation and the real phone next to my bed for me tonight. :/ Not Fun.
Current Mood: worriedworried
jtdiiijtdiii on October 12th, 2010 10:45 am (UTC)
The "doctor" at my University pulled a similar one on me without even listening to my chest. I sat there and looked at him, and then proceeded to remind him that what the nurse had written on the chart was that I had been diagnosed with pneumonia four days prior and I was getting worse despite the antibiotics and steroids. At that point he actually listened to me rattle and did something...

I have been there and know that feeling. I earnestly hope they figure out what is going on. In the mean time hot showers might help clear you out.
eithni: snapeeithni on October 12th, 2010 09:01 pm (UTC)
See, that's the problem - there's nothing to "clear out." there's no goo, just throat spasms or something. :/
jtdiiijtdiii on October 12th, 2010 09:40 pm (UTC)
Very odd.

You still have my sympathy and if there is something I can do long distance, let me know.
Jonya 'Sorcha'spot1111 on October 12th, 2010 12:03 pm (UTC)
"reverse gear" is an apt phrase...I spent a week on my recliner with the choking. My doctor didn't want to do the bloodtests to find out what it was but there has to be something going on. Too many of us have it. She initially didn't give me antibiotics, but I did not start getting any better until three days into the antibiotics and until I started using the neti pot twice a day.

Can you stay home and codeined up for a day or so?
corvusjoyouscorvusjoyous on October 12th, 2010 12:40 pm (UTC)
psssst - I live close enough to ya and would certainly not mind coming and being a housemate again for a day or two, if'n you would like to have someone around for the nights in case of emergency. Lemme know if this is an idea you'd like to take me up on.

Get better soon! Are you taking some time off work to heal?
FencerTfencert on October 12th, 2010 02:41 pm (UTC)
Seconded, if you need someone to stay over and watch you I could be available after 8pm. Just let me know if you worry that you need it.
eithnieithni on October 12th, 2010 09:04 pm (UTC)
Thanks - If it happens again, I might take you up on that.
eithnieithni on October 12th, 2010 09:04 pm (UTC)
Hmmm... If it happens again, I might take you up on that.

I'm not off work since 99.5% of the time I'm fine - no fever, no goo, no achiness... It's just a problem when I cough every few hours.
judithsewstoojudithsewstoo on October 12th, 2010 01:11 pm (UTC)
A possibility of "agravation causing coughing" could be if the air you're breathing is too dry. If you have a humidifier for your bedroom, that could help - no need to add anything to it other than water. I often have to cover my nose when sleeping just to prevent the "dry air tickle" at the back of my throat, which invariably causes me to start coughing again.

*sending healing vibes rushing your way*

eithnieithni on October 12th, 2010 09:05 pm (UTC)
Hmmm... Not a bad idea. And target has a really cute froggie humidifier. :)~
Splottsplott on October 12th, 2010 01:19 pm (UTC)
Remember when I was sick ... last year or the year before? At a party at your house, and I was coughing so hard I couldn't talk or breathe, and Chandler's Sara took me home?
I ended up in urgent care, who diagnosed it as "you have such a bad virus, it's irritating your lungs but there's nothing really wrong with your lungs", but anyway, they gave me steroidal inhaler and regular inhaler...
EDIT: I was actually under the impression that should be called "bronchitis" but they never used that word so maybe I'm wrong?

Edited at 2010-10-12 01:56 pm (UTC)
Kareinakareina on October 12th, 2010 01:26 pm (UTC)
Ick! I hope you feel better soon!
EllieSamelliesam on October 12th, 2010 02:33 pm (UTC)
That all sounds Very Not Fun. It reminds me of both times I had pneumonia. Similar story - urgent care Dr. says it's just a cold and I'm overreacting. Yet less than 12 hours later I land in the ER with pneumonia. Bunch of jerks.

I hope you start to feel better soon.
Mariessaalienorh on October 12th, 2010 09:24 pm (UTC)
That seems to be a familiar story to many. I was told for three weeks "it was just a virus" and it ended up being walking pnumonia and with my asthma and everything, I weighted 89 pounds. It took another doctor in another city to figure it out.
gwyndlyn: Kids at Itascagwyndlyn on October 12th, 2010 04:10 pm (UTC)
Sounds like that doctor's a dud. Second opinion? Are you certain it's not Pertussis? THAT's going around in ever larger numbers these days.

Even when it's "just a virus" my doctor listens to me and suggests methods of relief from the symptoms. So sorry you had a non-supportive experience.