I am 40 years old and for the last year and a half I have had a chronic cough. I was given many tests by 2 different pulminologists and the diagnosis was chronic bronchitis brought on by asthma. I only had slight asthma before 18 months ago (inhaler twice a month), and then, boom, this cough that never went away. Was it like that for you? Now I have this unpredicatable cough -- sometimes dry, sometimes deep chest cough, sometimes coughing stuff up. It is somewhat debilitating. I have had two pneumonias in the last year. I never had one before that. This just snuck up on my and now I am struggling to cope with the fact that it may never go away. I quit smoking 12 years ago, so where did this come from? I am on Advair, Spriva, Pulmicourt, Albuterol (inhaler and nebulizer), Singulair, Zantac, Extendryl and I take OTC Tussin DM quite often. Usually I sleep okay with a cough drop in my mouth, vicks on my feet and taking Tussin DM before I go to bed, but some nights I cough literally all night long. At 5 AM I'm so stressed out I can hardly take it. I have two little kids to keep up with! The only thing that consistently helps is prednisone, and darn it, they won't let you stay on that. How do you live with this???? Do you have any advice for me on calming down the almost violent racking cough when it comes? The loads of meds I take -- I honestly don't know if they help. Okay...I'm venting. I'll stop.
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