For quite some time, a year, maybe more I have had a lingering, nagging, annoying cough. It does not hurt, and it seems to occur more at the end of a bike ride or a run. My boss at work keeps saying, “Get that cough checked out”.
Over the summer I went twice to my doctor’s office. The first time we tried anti-biotics as there were some viruses going around. Just in case. Then we thought it might be allergies, so she suggested I start taking Loratodine, which is generic over the counter Clariton (a lot cheaper at Costco). No change, really. And since I’ve started this running, the cought gets worse.
So I went in today and we did a breath test, spirometry. I was supposed to breathe in this little machine. I thought I always had big lungs, but I felt like I had nothing. And the results said I was blowing at about 75% of what I should. So she had me breath in some Albuterol from a machine. I did the test again, with only 2% improvement.
So they think I have asthma, which seems weird because I am never short of breath, felt great two weeks ago when I ran 6 miles. They are not sure, so for the next two weeks I am supposed to take some Advair as well as some albuterol.
All this inhalant stuff is new too me, and I hate taking extra medicines (in denial about impending age), but I am giving it a go. In two weeks,. they test again, and I gess if there is improvement, then I have some form of asthma.
I just hope to get rid of the barking cough.
What is one more health condition?