Dec 28, 2007
I had Whooping cough (Pertussis) last December (2006) which left me with a load of problems. Every morning for the past year since I recovered from the Pertussis, I wake up and I'm full of phlegm which makes it hard to breath. I cough/ choke on it and my gag reflex (which has increased since I was sick) kicks in and I throw up phlegm. Throughout the day I have phlegm at the back of my throat and all the way down my airways (which is very uncomfortable btw) and it occasionally comes up on its on or I have to cough it up or I will choke/gag/ and throw it up. People look at me, and I'm not sure that I have a choice in the matter anymore, since it will come up either way (even if I turn white first from holding it in and trying to be polite and not hack it up). I also have trouble digesting foods sometimes. The phlegm gets worse with temperature extremes too.
I have been tossed around from doctor to doctor, using up all my sick and vacation time from work with an hour appointment here and there. I've seen my primary, a gastroenterologist, allergist, ear/nose/throat doctor, an endrocinologist, and now a pulminologist. They all seem to think it's related to my asthma (which I have had forever)/ and the Pertussis which left me injured internally.
The gastroenterologist said to take omiprosol for my acid reflux problem, but could not help me with the phlegm problem and sent me to the ENT doctor.
The ENT doctor said I had post nasel drip/ asthma and allergies and to see an allergist. He gave me flonase.
The allergist said that I have dust and pollen allergies unrelated to this problem and to see a pulminologist/ take claritan.
The pulminologist has given me a steroidal enhaler (Advair) at the max dosage to take bi-daily for the next month or two. He had me do a Pulmonary function test for asthma and now I have a follow up appointment for Jan 15th, 2008. It's been a couple of weeks and I don't see any improvement. Does anybody know what this problem might be? The doctors don't seem to know and it seems that other people here have similar problems. I don't want to go on with this problem for years... I really need help because I want to kick this problem in the butt.......It is miserable being 26, so young and living with this.