I'm 10 weeks and have been SO sick for the past few days. My chest is all congested and it comes up to my throat just enough to tickle it and make me cough constantly but the cough is dry and totally "unproductive". Nothing comes up. When I breathe out I can hear it rattling around in there but I can't get it out. It's awful. The cough keeps me up much of the night and is tiring out my body and giving me a terrible headache. I saw my OB yesterday but she said all I can do is take Tylonol for the headache, drink fluids, and rest, which is what I'm already doing. (She also offered to prescribe codeine to suppress the cough but I feel that is a bit extreme, and anyway I don't want to suppress it, I want to make it productive). My midwife told me mullein is an herbal expectorant safe for pg so I've been drinking a tea of that but it has only helped slightly. I am doing lots of hot showers and baths and inhaling the steam with eucalyptus oil, and running the humidifier. Helps only temporarily. I can barely eat anything I have no appetite, all I can eat is chicken soup and oranges. I can breathe just fine through my nose but it's all in my chest and I can't get it out. I am so miserable! Any advice is appreciated. I just want to go back to the normal challenges of being pregnant, not this!!
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11/9/04 at 1:53pm