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Dreadful cough ... Airways closing and can't breathe

Discussion in 'Health and wellbeing' started by Mrs Mo, Aug 15, 2012.

  1. lizyvann

    lizyvann New commenter

    I have just gone through the same symptoms. ended up at the emergency room and spent the night. I was afraid I would never get my breath. This has been going on 3 weeks. Lots of prednisone and an Symbicort Not going away . An ENT at the hospital thought I should go to speech therapy. Guess I will never go to him. I also have a rescue inhaler always with me. I am not an Asthmatic. All the information here has been very helpful
  2. jojo7john

    jojo7john New commenter


    I have the same problem... every morning after I wake up I feel like something is blocking my chest...then I feel like coughing...after the cough i am not able to breathe...it lasts for almost a minute...and then it goes...rest of the day no problem...then again next morning it happens again...
  3. sparklepig2002

    sparklepig2002 Star commenter

    I've had something similar for 2 weeks now. I've had antibiotics which have helped a bit, but the constant coughing is exhausting and the tightness in the throat is frightening. I've lost my" get up and go," which isn't like me at all. I have a steam inhaler and that helps. I will go back to the doctor's next week if it doesn't improve over the weekend.
  4. Vince_Ulam

    Vince_Ulam Star commenter

    Two weeks is long enough. Get to the hospital today.
    nizebaby and sparklepig2002 like this.
  5. gerrytlloyd

    gerrytlloyd New commenter

    This thread is very important in many ways. Had the same experience today in a frightening way. Was leaving a warm tea room and hadn't realized that the air outside had been cooling quite rapidly. Suddenly, a coughing fit had me hurrying to get to my car around a corner from the main street. By the time I had the door open, the blocking of the airway took place. I got into the car but it seemed too warm in there and that it might make things worse. I twisted to get halfway back out of the car and then could breathe again. It seemed as if my airway had become sticky and closed off. Am not certain that twisting to get back out of the car is what opened it again, but previous comments here suggest that might have been the case. So will remember to breathe through nose and to raise arms etc. as advised if it happens again.
  6. gerrytlloyd

    gerrytlloyd New commenter

    p.s. to above
    At least one GP says that coughing fits are typical for some asthma sufferers. However, no Google results for "asthma" describe the closing of the airway that people have described in this thread.
    A friend of mine on-line didn't realize that she'd had the same experience until she read this thread and said, yes, this is what happened to her earlier this year. That's why I say this thread is important - it's the only thing on the internet that communicates well about the closing of the airway. Even the NHS page for whooping cough makes no mention of temporary suffocation in adults.
    A few years ago, a man was driving on a road very close to my address when he lost control and struck a pole which then struck a pedestrian, killing her. The news report said he had a coughing fit. Only now, do I see how his explanation might have some substance.
  7. sparklepig2002

    sparklepig2002 Star commenter

    Since my post back in June , I have finally been diagnosed with whooping cough and laryngeal spasm which is causing The closing of airways. It is an inflammation of the vocal chords. It is very frightening but not life threatening.
    @lizyvann if you also have laryngeal spasm, speech therapy is recommended. Take the advice of your Ent consultant. They know a lot more than you do. It might help.
    gerrytlloyd and Vince_Ulam like this.
  8. ntusinis

    ntusinis New commenter

    Hi guys i'm having the same problem for 2 weeks now i havent seen a Dr yet .As am writing here i just had another episode couple of minute ago please help me m scared of leaving my kids as their still young
  9. SCAW12

    SCAW12 Occasional commenter

    I think if there is ever a worry that you cannot breathe, you need to speak to a Dr.
    My Mum, in her 70s, had a continuous cough for 6 months and did not sleep well because of this. She is a stubborn lady (!) and refused to go to see anyone and I couldn't drag her. One morning she called 999 as she could not breathe, she was in hospital for a week with a severe chest infection and was diagnosed with late onset asthma. She now has inhalers and regularly visits the Asthma Clinic to learn how to use her inhalers properly (very important or they are ineffective) She sleeps well now too. Something is wrong if you cannot breathe. Don't leave it too long before you get help. Make time!
    frangipani123 likes this.
  10. frustum

    frustum Star commenter

    See a doctor, ntusinis. That's what they're there for.

    I'm still feeling a little guilty about taking three weeks to take my daughter to the doctor with her severe cough - I'd thought "it's just a cough, probably hayfever related". Once we saw the doctor, she was prescribed an inhaler which cleared the problem in a couple of days. The doctor definitely didn't think we were wasting his time, and if we'd gone sooner it would have been sorted sooner.
  11. wendiwoo82

    wendiwoo82 New commenter

    Hi Everyone, I have been reading all your comments and this is exactly what I have experienced (still am). I have had a bad cough that just got worse and due to the fact I could not breathe (felt like my airway was blocked) I new it was time to see my GP when it felt like it was just getting worse. It turns out I have got chest infection (left side) I have been put on 500mg Amoxicillin for a week. Am slowly seeing an improvement but still have a few coughing episodes where I feel like I am chocking after, but hoping that this will soon calm down in next few days. Thought I would share Thanks.
  12. gerrytlloyd

    gerrytlloyd New commenter

    It's interesting that this thread indicates a similar problem in people with different diagnoses but, for those in which asthma/asthma medication is suspect, it can be life-threatening. Only this morning on BBC One's new 'Defenders' program, a case was described where a girl would get attacks in which 'whooping' occurred and she couldn't breathe. Only after a few attacks had occurred was it suspected that they were asthmatic in nature. The attacks became worse through time and she died when she was nine. It was suggested that pollution was the cause. https://www.facebook.com/aspirin2relief/posts/1969592839768913?__tn__=K-R-R
    Last edited: Nov 29, 2018
  13. Milgod

    Milgod Established commenter

    Really interesting thread .I recently had a chest infection too. Had antibiotics and I am healing up. The cough isn't as frequent as it was, but it changed. When I cough now it feels like all the air comes out of my lungs and (like others) I cannot breathe back in .This wasn't an issue when I had the chest infection. I honestly thought it was the end the first time it happened. I just can't take a breath. Embarrassingly, after I am able to gulp down some breaths I get gas and burp quite a lot. I'll get back to the docs to see if they can do anything new.
  14. serenitypolly41

    serenitypolly41 Occasional commenter

    If you are really struggling to breathe then please go to your nearest urgent care, or failing that Accident & Emergency. Any signs of wheezing, grunting or coughing up blood/sputum needs to be taken seriously as you dont want to get any pulmonary or bronchial damage.

    They might decide to treat with antibiotics and an inhaler to open the airways.
  15. serenitypolly41

    serenitypolly41 Occasional commenter

    Also, if you can, try to gargle with warm salt water to clean the back of the throat.
  16. gerrytlloyd

    gerrytlloyd New commenter

    In reply to Milgod:
    That's how Fostair changed my cough. It becomes a quick, snappy sort of cough. That time it completely emptied my lungs in October last year, yes, it seemed like an end-game.
    Since then, a similar situation occurred on a similar sort of day, again after drinking some barista coffee. The coffee energizes you and you are out in the nippy air, and it strikes again. I was very nervous that the emptying might occur and stood in a doorway of a shop, preparing for the worst, but it didn't empty the lungs that time. (Have written things up at https://www.facebook.com/aspirin2relief/)
  17. Hey there.

    Did you ever get to the bottom of this?

    I'm currently experiencing exactly the same. Currently on my second week of antibiotics and my doctor is about to refer me to a respiratory specialist.

    Would love to know if and what you were diagnosed with.


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