2 weeks ago I got sick, about one week ago I started waking up coughing, then gasping for air. It makes this terrible whooping noise and it takes me about 30-60 seconds to get a full breath of air, then it slowly goes away. I went to the doctor and they said no pneumonia, i have perfect breathing, my lungs are clear, my throat is clear, they did a chest x-ray. They think it might be bronchitis, but they're not sure. The breathing attacks keep getting worse. If I can't get enough air next time will I pass out and start breathing fine again? What could this be? Could I die if I don't get enough air next attack? Could this be vocal cord dysfunction, (VCD)?
You said it in your description: "whooping noise." Everyone in my family has had this Whooping Cough, a.k.a Pertussis, this season. It started with my 16-yr.-old; then to my 1-yr-old (vomit inducing), then my husband and me. It skipped my 2 1/2 yr. old, but he also had an extended high fever, which must have killed the bacteria.
I only realized it was whooping cough today. When I first read the description, I mistook the "whooping" sound for the "seal bark" of Croup, and thought, nah, that's not it. But, I'm pretty positive that's what it is.
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