Chronic Respiratory Issues for 20 Years
Hi Ted, For years, well over 20 years, I have one respiratory infection after another. When I finish with one infection, a few weeks later, I get another one. Colds, flu, bronchitis, pneumonia. Things are getting much worse over the last 2 years. I now have a cough, due to pressure build up, in my chest, my lungs. The cough is not a tickle, in my throat, or any kind of tickle. The cough is chronic, coughing several times every few minutes, dry cough mostly, and is very disruptive in my life. I can locate this cough as coming from my lungs, not throat. After I cough, my lungs feel a little better, a little less "pressure" in there. In addition, also, over the last 2 years, is a "lung pain" that has developed, not due to the coughing. It feels like a heavy "weight" on my lungs, and I feel a constant "aching" in the lungs. This pain also feels like a little "stabbing" pain, and then, some "throbbing" pain.
I have taken and, still, am taking, many different kinds of medications, ranging from antibiotics, prednisone, inhaled corticoid steroids, ventolin, allergy meds (nasocort, flonase, zyrtec, etc), cough medications... the list is almost endless. Nothing works! Sometimes, after erythromycin, I get a month or so, or relief, but, then, the respiratory tract infection kicks in again, I start with inhalers, zyrtec, antibiotics... only to get a little relief for a month or so, and the cycle starts all over again.
Test results show no cancer in the lungs, generally clear lungs, generally clear sinuses... The allergists feel most of my symptoms have something to due with allergies and put me on many different kinds of allergy medications (allegra, nasal sprays, antibiotics, etc.) They do think there is some sort of situation with my liver, maybe non-alcoholic liver disease, but, even here, they really don't know specifics. I am usually very tired, with some occasional dizziness here and there. I sweat very, very easily, with very little physical exertion. I don't smoke, never have, never lived with a smoker, never took drugs, etc. etc. I have always been a strong believer in vitamins, good nutrition...mostly vegetarian diet, emphasis on organic foods. Please, if you have any ideas, thoughts, on what I have, how I got it, and how to get rid of it, please share your ideas with me... I am desperate, at this point. Thank you so much, Ted...