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Coughing so hard, losing consciousness.

post #1 of 27
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I have had a wet cough for about a week now. A couple nights ago I was almost asleep in a position that helped me NOT cough when my dry throat caused a coughing fit. I ended up coughing hard for about 15 minutes, threw up a couple times during it but was able to breath ok during it.
Fast forward to yesterday, I started with another hard coughing fit and my eyesight started to fade. I feel dizzy and weak afterwards. I'm still having these spells today during longer coughing fits. My stomach muscles are killing me and (TMI WARNING!!)

my diva cup feels like its going to pop out during these fits. Ever try to do a kegel while coughing. I don't think its possible. So yeah, I have my period AND I have the cough from hell. Any ideas what the heck is going on? I'm ready to head to the hospital at this rate. I'm trying to blow my nose often just to keep from the post-nasal drip from overwhelming me.
post #2 of 27
Everything I can find online says to call your doctor if coughing induces vomiting...and I'm sure that almost passing out is another bad sign.

Honestly, it sounds like you have pertussis. I'd get it checked out.
post #3 of 27
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Yeah, I'm hoping its not pertussis. That would be sucktastic. I'm starting to feel loopy even between coughing spasms.

(I have coughed so hard that I threw up before. I wasn't even sick. I swallowed some saliva wrong and coughed for a good 15 minutes. At work. Not fun.)
post #4 of 27
Do a quick Google of "pertussis symptoms" and make the decision if you want to get checked out or not...If it were me, I'd go.
post #5 of 27
I was going to say pertussis too. Are you asmthatic?
post #6 of 27
some fungal infections are much worse during your cycle, something w/ hormones - maybe try an anti fungal regimen? sort of like a candida flush - garlic!, no sugar, no gluten... the regular bacterial cold treatments don't help, really.
post #7 of 27
Time for a Doctor visit.

post #8 of 27
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Originally Posted by AFWife View Post
Do a quick Google of "pertussis symptoms" and make the decision if you want to get checked out or not...If it were me, I'd go.
Already did. Just to give you guys an idea of what I'm dealing with, I'll start from the beginning.
Lets see...Sunday before? we went for a long hike around a lake(about 2 miles, strolling took us about 2 hours. Kids and all that )
Went to work the next night and started to get a bit of a cough.
Tuesday-my throat started to hurt, went home early.
Wednesday, pretty certain I had strep throat. slight fever.
Thursday throat hurt even more (did tabata sprints that day, hurt like hell.) left side of throat was swollen quite a bit. Cough got worse, sneezing, runny nose. Slight fever again. coughing up greenish phlegm
Friday was feeling a little better, throat stopped hurting and wasn't swollen anymore.
Felt so good the family went for a long walk on Saturday though my cough was getting worse. Very wet cough, greenish phlegm
Sunday cough even worse, sore throat gone. Coughed so hard I threw up that night.
Called in sick Monday, coughing fits but fine otherwise. Felt tired but not too bad.
Tuesday, throat a little raw, starting to "grey out" during coughing fits and nose is running again.


Anyway, it seems to follow close to pertussis, except for the swollen throat. It was definitely strep throat. Plus it seems like there is something in my throat triggering the spells, not from my lungs.

Heading to the doctor as soon as I can, kids are getting the same cough too.
post #9 of 27
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Originally Posted by Barbie64g View Post
I was going to say pertussis too. Are you asmthatic?
Not that I know of, my father was though. I might have seasonal allergies though.
post #10 of 27
Yeah I agree you need to get that checked out.
post #11 of 27
Keep us posted.

It's also possible that a secondary infection set in your throat when you were "weak" and caused the swelling...or the constant coughing irritated it.
post #12 of 27
I vote for bronchitis. The greenish stuff sounds like it could be a bacterial infection. They'll probably want to give you some antibiotics. Can you sleep sitting up? Might help with the coughing fits.
post #13 of 27
Mucinex is very good for wet coughs. And if it's pertussis, high, HIGH doses of vitamin C every few hours are supposed to help (what I've read is 3000mg for kids age 4+, maybe more for adults, back off if it causes diarrhea).
post #14 of 27
When I had a cough that go so bad that I almost passed out during a coughing fit, it was bacterial pneumonia. It took about 3 weeks to recover, and that was WITH antibiotics. It was horrendous.
post #15 of 27
I think you should go to the doctor tomorrow if not right now. It really sounds serious to me. Could very well be pneumonia.

I thought pertussis in adults was relatively mild?
post #16 of 27
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I have an appointment tomorrow at 9:45. DD1 and DD2 both have a cough now. DD1 is sneezing and has a bit of a fever. Gggggrreaaat.
post #17 of 27
I had bronchitis a few months ago and it sounds very similar to this. I coughed so hard I nearly threw up. I cried a couple times, I was so miserable when the cough wouldn't let up. My ND gave me an herbal remedy that helped so much! She also said if the herbs didn't work to use Mucenex to get the stuff out of my lungs before it turned into pneumonia.
post #18 of 27


Waiting here till you get back from the Doctor.

post #19 of 27
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Originally Posted by KatWrangler View Post


Waiting here till you get back from the Doctor.

Its like a car wreck, isn't it
Both kids had a fever last night, so both are coming to the doctors with me today. Hope we get some idea of what is making us sick.
post #20 of 27
Yes it is actually.

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