Thursday, April 18, 2013

How Long Should A Cough Last?

One of the reasons I wasn't posting on my blog for awhile was a terrible cold I had. It started with a cough unlike any cough I had ever experienced before. In fact it stayed so long and was so aggressive (I timed it at a cough every two minutes), that I went to my doctor.

Unfortunately, my internist-guy of 20 years, was off on a skiing vacation. (Yay him! He is the nicest man.) His replacement looked at me briefly and diagnosis was common cold, no big deal, go home. Would you believe when I arrived inside the exam room I stopped coughing?! Needless to say, my caregiver and I were furious. Oh, well. Had this new doctor magically cured me?!

An hour after leaving her office my cough came back. Then I felt awful, vomited (something I never do), and was sick as an Airedale for two days which messed up my multiple sclerosis big time. I was so weak, well, it was as if I were a bag of bricks. Good thing I'm in an assisted living home.

After that "common cold" showed its true colors, or morphed into the flu, my partner got so sick she was rushed to the local ER. The diagnosis I then made was: I had a cold and then got a stomach bug, since partner only got the bug and no cold symptoms. The bug stayed two days, while my cough held on, heading for the THREE WEEK mark.

That cough was like a 'catch' right at my esophagus. Everyone was telling me my cough was lasting too long to be normal, but a recent report in The Annals of Family Medicine says that people they researched expected their cough to be over in 7-9 days, but the truth is that the typical cough lasts nearly 18 days. I think mine surpassed that because another bug slipped in.

The good thing about coughing is that it really works your abdominal muscles! I'm no doctor, but any lasting cough without cold symptoms attached, should be checked out sooner than later.

We keep cold meds for the winter season, so I had cough drops...that had expired a year ago! Reminder to self to re-stock meds ever year.

6 comments:

Patrick Leer said...

One of the reasons I wasn't posting on my blog for awhile was a terrible cold I had. It started with a cough unlike any cough I had ever experienced before. In fact it stayed so long and was so aggressive (I timed it at a cough every two minutes), that I went to my doctor.

Unfortunately, my internist-guy of 20 years, was off on a skiing vacation. (Yay him! He is the nicest man.) His replacement looked at me briefly and diagnosis was common cold, no big deal, go home. Would you believe when I arrived inside the exam room I stopped coughing?! Needless to say, my caregiver and I were furious. Oh, well. Had this new doctor magically cured me?!

An hour after leaving her office my cough came back. Then I felt awful, vomited (something I never do), and was sick as an Airedale for two days which messed up my multiple sclerosis big time. I was so weak, well, it was as if I were a bag of bricks. Good thing I'm in an assisted living home.

After that "common cold" showed its true colors, or morphed into the flu, my partner got so sick she was rushed to the local ER. The diagnosis I then made was: I had a cold and then got a stomach bug, since partner only got the bug and no cold symptoms. The bug stayed two days, while my cough held on, heading for the THREE WEEK mark.

That cough was like a 'catch' right at my esophagus. Everyone was telling me my cough was lasting too long to be normal, but a recent report in The Annals of Family Medicine says that people they researched expected their cough to be over in 7-9 days, but the truth is that the typical cough lasts nearly 18 days. I think mine surpassed that because another bug slipped in.

The good thing about coughing is that it really works your abdominal muscles! I'm no doctor, but any lasting cough without cold symptoms attached, should be checked out sooner than later.

We keep cold meds for the winter season, so I had cough drops...that had expired a year ago! Reminder to self to re-stock meds ever year.

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Diane J Standiford said...

One of the reasons I wasn't posting on my blog for awhile was a terrible cold I had. It started with a cough unlike any cough I had ever experienced before. In fact it stayed so long and was so aggressive (I timed it at a cough every two minutes), that I went to my doctor.

Unfortunately, my internist-guy of 20 years, was off on a skiing vacation. (Yay him! He is the nicest man.) His replacement looked at me briefly and diagnosis was common cold, no big deal, go home. Would you believe when I arrived inside the exam room I stopped coughing?! Needless to say, my caregiver and I were furious. Oh, well. Had this new doctor magically cured me?!

An hour after leaving her office my cough came back. Then I felt awful, vomited (something I never do), and was sick as an Airedale for two days which messed up my multiple sclerosis big time. I was so weak, well, it was as if I were a bag of bricks. Good thing I'm in an assisted living home.

After that "common cold" showed its true colors, or morphed into the flu, my partner got so sick she was rushed to the local ER. The diagnosis I then made was: I had a cold and then got a stomach bug, since partner only got the bug and no cold symptoms. The bug stayed two days, while my cough held on, heading for the THREE WEEK mark.

That cough was like a 'catch' right at my esophagus. Everyone was telling me my cough was lasting too long to be normal, but a recent report in The Annals of Family Medicine says that people they researched expected their cough to be over in 7-9 days, but the truth is that the typical cough lasts nearly 18 days. I think mine surpassed that because another bug slipped in.

The good thing about coughing is that it really works your abdominal muscles! I'm no doctor, but any lasting cough without cold symptoms attached, should be checked out sooner than later.

We keep cold meds for the winter season, so I had cough drops...that had expired a year ago! Reminder to self to re-stock meds ever year.

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OldLady Of The Hills said...

One of the reasons I wasn't posting on my blog for awhile was a terrible cold I had. It started with a cough unlike any cough I had ever experienced before. In fact it stayed so long and was so aggressive (I timed it at a cough every two minutes), that I went to my doctor.

Unfortunately, my internist-guy of 20 years, was off on a skiing vacation. (Yay him! He is the nicest man.) His replacement looked at me briefly and diagnosis was common cold, no big deal, go home. Would you believe when I arrived inside the exam room I stopped coughing?! Needless to say, my caregiver and I were furious. Oh, well. Had this new doctor magically cured me?!

An hour after leaving her office my cough came back. Then I felt awful, vomited (something I never do), and was sick as an Airedale for two days which messed up my multiple sclerosis big time. I was so weak, well, it was as if I were a bag of bricks. Good thing I'm in an assisted living home.

After that "common cold" showed its true colors, or morphed into the flu, my partner got so sick she was rushed to the local ER. The diagnosis I then made was: I had a cold and then got a stomach bug, since partner only got the bug and no cold symptoms. The bug stayed two days, while my cough held on, heading for the THREE WEEK mark.

That cough was like a 'catch' right at my esophagus. Everyone was telling me my cough was lasting too long to be normal, but a recent report in The Annals of Family Medicine says that people they researched expected their cough to be over in 7-9 days, but the truth is that the typical cough lasts nearly 18 days. I think mine surpassed that because another bug slipped in.

The good thing about coughing is that it really works your abdominal muscles! I'm no doctor, but any lasting cough without cold symptoms attached, should be checked out sooner than later.

We keep cold meds for the winter season, so I had cough drops...that had expired a year ago! Reminder to self to re-stock meds ever year.

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Diane J Standiford said...

One of the reasons I wasn't posting on my blog for awhile was a terrible cold I had. It started with a cough unlike any cough I had ever experienced before. In fact it stayed so long and was so aggressive (I timed it at a cough every two minutes), that I went to my doctor.

Unfortunately, my internist-guy of 20 years, was off on a skiing vacation. (Yay him! He is the nicest man.) His replacement looked at me briefly and diagnosis was common cold, no big deal, go home. Would you believe when I arrived inside the exam room I stopped coughing?! Needless to say, my caregiver and I were furious. Oh, well. Had this new doctor magically cured me?!

An hour after leaving her office my cough came back. Then I felt awful, vomited (something I never do), and was sick as an Airedale for two days which messed up my multiple sclerosis big time. I was so weak, well, it was as if I were a bag of bricks. Good thing I'm in an assisted living home.

After that "common cold" showed its true colors, or morphed into the flu, my partner got so sick she was rushed to the local ER. The diagnosis I then made was: I had a cold and then got a stomach bug, since partner only got the bug and no cold symptoms. The bug stayed two days, while my cough held on, heading for the THREE WEEK mark.

That cough was like a 'catch' right at my esophagus. Everyone was telling me my cough was lasting too long to be normal, but a recent report in The Annals of Family Medicine says that people they researched expected their cough to be over in 7-9 days, but the truth is that the typical cough lasts nearly 18 days. I think mine surpassed that because another bug slipped in.

The good thing about coughing is that it really works your abdominal muscles! I'm no doctor, but any lasting cough without cold symptoms attached, should be checked out sooner than later.

We keep cold meds for the winter season, so I had cough drops...that had expired a year ago! Reminder to self to re-stock meds ever year.

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Ami said...

One of the reasons I wasn't posting on my blog for awhile was a terrible cold I had. It started with a cough unlike any cough I had ever experienced before. In fact it stayed so long and was so aggressive (I timed it at a cough every two minutes), that I went to my doctor.

Unfortunately, my internist-guy of 20 years, was off on a skiing vacation. (Yay him! He is the nicest man.) His replacement looked at me briefly and diagnosis was common cold, no big deal, go home. Would you believe when I arrived inside the exam room I stopped coughing?! Needless to say, my caregiver and I were furious. Oh, well. Had this new doctor magically cured me?!

An hour after leaving her office my cough came back. Then I felt awful, vomited (something I never do), and was sick as an Airedale for two days which messed up my multiple sclerosis big time. I was so weak, well, it was as if I were a bag of bricks. Good thing I'm in an assisted living home.

After that "common cold" showed its true colors, or morphed into the flu, my partner got so sick she was rushed to the local ER. The diagnosis I then made was: I had a cold and then got a stomach bug, since partner only got the bug and no cold symptoms. The bug stayed two days, while my cough held on, heading for the THREE WEEK mark.

That cough was like a 'catch' right at my esophagus. Everyone was telling me my cough was lasting too long to be normal, but a recent report in The Annals of Family Medicine says that people they researched expected their cough to be over in 7-9 days, but the truth is that the typical cough lasts nearly 18 days. I think mine surpassed that because another bug slipped in.

The good thing about coughing is that it really works your abdominal muscles! I'm no doctor, but any lasting cough without cold symptoms attached, should be checked out sooner than later.

We keep cold meds for the winter season, so I had cough drops...that had expired a year ago! Reminder to self to re-stock meds ever year.

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twiceshy said...

One of the reasons I wasn't posting on my blog for awhile was a terrible cold I had. It started with a cough unlike any cough I had ever experienced before. In fact it stayed so long and was so aggressive (I timed it at a cough every two minutes), that I went to my doctor.

Unfortunately, my internist-guy of 20 years, was off on a skiing vacation. (Yay him! He is the nicest man.) His replacement looked at me briefly and diagnosis was common cold, no big deal, go home. Would you believe when I arrived inside the exam room I stopped coughing?! Needless to say, my caregiver and I were furious. Oh, well. Had this new doctor magically cured me?!

An hour after leaving her office my cough came back. Then I felt awful, vomited (something I never do), and was sick as an Airedale for two days which messed up my multiple sclerosis big time. I was so weak, well, it was as if I were a bag of bricks. Good thing I'm in an assisted living home.

After that "common cold" showed its true colors, or morphed into the flu, my partner got so sick she was rushed to the local ER. The diagnosis I then made was: I had a cold and then got a stomach bug, since partner only got the bug and no cold symptoms. The bug stayed two days, while my cough held on, heading for the THREE WEEK mark.

That cough was like a 'catch' right at my esophagus. Everyone was telling me my cough was lasting too long to be normal, but a recent report in The Annals of Family Medicine says that people they researched expected their cough to be over in 7-9 days, but the truth is that the typical cough lasts nearly 18 days. I think mine surpassed that because another bug slipped in.

The good thing about coughing is that it really works your abdominal muscles! I'm no doctor, but any lasting cough without cold symptoms attached, should be checked out sooner than later.

We keep cold meds for the winter season, so I had cough drops...that had expired a year ago! Reminder to self to re-stock meds ever year.

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