Medical History –No history of Asthma. No history of asthma in my family (I was born and raised in Ireland, I moved to The States when I was 26 years old).In my late teens and early twenties, I smoked but I quit.I am fit and I am normally a very healthy person. (just not right now) I spend lots of time outdoors walking my dog and attending my kids sports games
Hello,I am 49 year old woman. I am married with 2 children. 4 years ago, we adopted a Plott Hound-lab mix dog. Our dog is our only pet (no cats or other animals). I work full time in the I.T. field.Let me provide a little background to my story;The last year has been extremely stressful. My father passed away. We relocated from NJ to Massachusetts & I changed my job to join a new company. For the past 10 years, we lived in NJ and we travelled back to Massachusetts every summer. We spent 3 months in Duxbury, MA (I never had any asthma or allergy symptoms). This year, on May 1st, we relocated back to Massachusetts. On May 2nd, I thought that I caught a cold. I was up all night blowing my nose and all day I was sneezing. This continued for most of the month of May and I simply put it down to exhaustion, the move, all the work involved with unpacking and working full time.By July, I acquired an on and off again cough.By August, I sounded like I had pneumonia so I went to the doctor.The doctor did an X-ray and my lungs were100% clear. However, I have post-nasal drip. The doctor said to take an allergy OTC medication and to make an appointment with an allergist. I tried Claritin, Allegra and Zyrtec. (they don't seem to do anything).I saw an allergist 3-weeks ago. He did a pin prick test on my arm and nothing showed up. He prescribed Singulair and ventolin and flonase. Singulair gave me the worst leg cramps. (so I stopped it).It is the coughing fits that concern me most.I am not getting a full nights sleep as I am up coughing a lot.I can't predict when a coughing fit will happen but when they do, they are forceful and last for about 20 minutes. I am getting concerned. I now go everywhere with my inhaler and water.Today, I flew to San Francisco (I am here for work). I will be here for 4 days. I left Boston at 11:00am – for the entire flight, I did not cough once (Hurray!). Nothing – not even a little cough. I was thrilled.I got to the airport and used the ladies room and washed my hands with a liquid soap that I didn't like the smell of too much. Generally, I don't care too much what I wash my hands with but this one turned my nose up.BAM! I got out of the ladies room and within 5 minutes, I was in a spasmodic coughing fit that lasted the entire cab ride into San Francisco (I am writing this long story from the hotel) now.I don't know what is causing all this. I want my health back and I am tired and frustrated. I am also a bit scared. These coughing fits are really strong. I've only had 3 coughing fits – the spasmodic ones – the other daily coughing is just me clearing my chest.
I am reaching out to see if anyone on the forum can help or offer some thoughts on this. As you can tell, I am frustrated. I just want to be healthy and find out what is causing this. If I know what is causing this, I can handle it.