Sunday, 28 July 2013

The Cough

It's been a while since I've discussed anything wrong with my health. In all honesty, I'm pretty much fine. The blood tests and x-rays must have been fine because I never got a call back with regards to it. I have an appointment with the sleep clinic to verify some results but I'll go to that later.

So all in all, I should be ok. Or at least, in the clear.

At least, until this cough of mine kept getting more annoying.


What's annoying is that this cough isn't normal. See, when you cough, you cough, and that's it. When I cough, I have urge the to vomit. It's like, everytime I cough, I'm somehow triggering my gag reflex. so here, you have me with this itch in my throat, but I'm trying to suppress it so I don't feel like puking. Or at least, find somewhere where I can cough and heave like an idiot for a little bit.

It used to happen once every few weeks, then once a week, a couple times a week, and now I can't go a day without experiencing this. And it's not just one cough, I need to have a coughing session to order to clear out my throat and experience that gagging sensation before my body feels back to normal.

I don't think it's life threatening, but it's getting to be a bother.

And it won't be fun if I actually vomit all over the place.

I'm not quite sure what started it. I think it might have something to do with my jaw or my neck muscles acting up. Because sometimes when I wear my mouth guard, the next morning I spend the day with that urge to cough.

But the cough also has happened when I've just finished eating.

Or after a work-out.

Or as I'm typing this blog post.

Yay, for consistency. Though when I feel fatigued I'm more likely to get that urge to cough.

I wonder if my brother next door can hear me hacking my lungs off.

As much as I'd like to go see my doctor about this, what can he really do? Send me off to get more x-rays? As I've learned the hard way, these x-rays aren't showing anything. They would have picked up something long ago if my lungs had problems.

Plus my doctor is on vacation until the middle of August.

So I'm not sure what to do. I have no idea what this means but a cough that makes you want to throw up can't be great. I don't think it's indicative of anything and when I casually mentioned it to some of my friends in med school, they had no idea what it meant.

So it can't be that bad.

Or I die.

We'll see what happens. I probably should be more concerned about my health but I'm tired of worrying and wondering.

Even if the coughing is starting to bother my lungs too.


  1. That sounds just horrible man, it always seems that something has to crop up in your health and it sucks, hopefully the cough will go away as soon as possible, it sounds a little like my choking problem right now but that's another whole different story. I wonder how much of our adverse health problems are caused by over worrying about them.

  2. Doesn't sound too good, no. Even if you expect it to turn up nothing, I'd still have it checked out if I were you. Don't want it to be something really nasty that needs quick fixing.
    Get well!

  3. Go see a doctor and get a referral to an ear, nose and throat specialist. GPs don't know bugger all. Move up the ladder.

  4. According to a reliable source you might have kennel cough, but I also might be getting information from the wrong doctor (my vet).

    Kidding aside, I hope you feel better. Nothing's worse than coughing so hard you gag (been there).

  5. Well, labelling a health problem as something psychological should be the last. Consult an ENT (Ear, nose and throat) specialist. Have a thorough check up. The tests that you have already undergone are general but for this specific problem you need to have a more focused checkup and if needed further tests. That is how it is, just go along with it.

    Wish you a very speedy and uneventful recovery !

  6. I had that (though not as severe) back in my early 20s. Just went away after awhile

  7. I would go and get some advise from the primary care doctor first, then may be a specialist. Please take care of yourself.

  8. Ouch! And they don't call back, why??? Is that how your country does medicine?

  9. Hopefully that goes away soon, not something that any one should have to go through

  10. Ugh, not a pleasant symptom. Could this be related to your previous pulmonary condition? I think I remember you having lung problems in the past. Hope you can get some relief.

  11. Ugh, I hate these weird inexplicable health issues! I've been having random chest pains ever since my c-section in January, and the doctors can't figure it out. So I've just tried to change my diet and hope for the best, I guess.

    Get some rest! Maybe your body is just trying to fight something off and it will pass in a day or two.

  12. I hope the reason (and remedy) for it are found soon.

  13. lets hope you will overcome cough problem soon

  14. I hope you feel better soon. I don't think you're dying and that gif is at least hilarious.

  15. Go consult an specialist DWei...

    That "vomiting cup" looks gross :( but funny ha ha