Patient Comments: Whooping Cough (Pertussis) - Experience

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Comment from: Angie, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: May 16

I currently have whooping cough and I think I'm over the worst. I started with the symptoms of a sore throat and tickly cough on the 27th April and by the end of the week it had developed into a full productive cough. I started to experience coughing fits and vomiting to the extent it burst the blood vessels on the skin around my eyes. Concerned, I went to the doctor who said I had a virus which would pass. The cough became more frequent and more violent. I was waking up during the night experiencing coughing fits which made me vomit. I often found myself gasping for breath and feeling like I was choking. I had a hoarse voice, sore eyes, no energy and no appetite. I wasn't getting better. After two more visits to different doctors I was told I could have whooping cough and was put straight onto a two week course of antibiotics of which I am half way through. Unfortunately all of this time I had been mostly going to work not realizing I had a highly contagious disease so there is a chance I could have passed this horrible illness onto other people. As I am an adult and was vaccinated as a child I have probably experienced milder symptoms but there is nothing mild about whooping cough.

Comment from: Bitsko, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: October 12

Interesting reading these comments. I've had whooping cough probably about once a year, following a cold, for most of my adult life. I haven't been vaccinated since I was a child. I thought it was just a family curse since my parents get it too, but not so sure now. Head cold and sore throat, then once that clears up the horrible tickle and rattle in the throat. Always feels like there is just a bit of stuff in there I need to cough out but can't quite clear it. Goop was yellow during the active cold but goes clear after a week. Coughing fits go on, and on, and on, and on. I feel pretty good generally, other than clear runny nose and the cough. I am going to get the vaccine booster. I am tired of this.

Comment from: TracyS, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 08

I am in the UK and had whooping cough now for almost 4 months but it is easing! I caught it from my daughter, a healthcare worker. She had it for 3 weeks longer than I. We both had difficulty in getting our doctors to accept we had whooping cough and were diagnosed with many other lesser illnesses before this! We both had choking cough, retching, vomiting after, release of wind stuck in windpipe after, bringing up nasty mucus (when able to as it was like superglue)! We both had pulled abdominal muscles and suspected cracked ribs. We both lost weight as unable to eat properly for many weeks and we were both hospitalized. I am left with residual mucus stuck around the top of my windpipe and voice box, hoarseness and occasionally still choking after swallowing food. My daughter suffered from mycoplasma pneumonia and pleurisy on top of the whooping cough and then she was discharged from hospital here in the UK too early as still very clearly unwell and she went on to get sepsis and then post infection syndrome. And 4 months later we are still both having symptoms although much lesser strength so hopefully it is about to vacate us very soon. It has been the worst illness we have ever had and do not want to catch this again in this life.

Comment from: kale, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 06

I came down with a cold on 7/8/16. I developed dry cough second week, third week started whooping, choking cough, and could not breathe. It is now 8/31/16 and I just got home from a weekend in the ICU. I went in with severe headache and vomiting, seems I have an epidural hematoma, blood in my spine near my neck/head. I am home now, better, still have headache and dizziness, but the theory is that I coughed so hard I broke a blood vessel. The neurosurgeon said I could have been paralyzed. I am still coughing but scared to death to cough; and really tired of not being well. I am an otherwise very healthy individual and have never been this sick for this long. I empathize with everyone who has ever had whooping cough. My hope is that the benzonatate cough suppressant they prescribed when leaving the hospital will help. The doctor gave me a prescription for it for my 'dry cough' in July but I threw it out because it did nothing. Now I will try anything. Good luck everyone, this is a serious illness and it is not on our doctors' radars which is the scary, real problem. They could have tested for it within the second week when I went to my general physician but it wasn't something they even mentioned as a possibility. Not that it would have been early enough to stop the whooping stage, but at least I would have known what was going on. I had never heard of whooping cough before except for in infants and children.

Comment from: Peggy, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 18

Although I haven't officially been diagnosed with whooping cough (WC), I know that's what it is. I've been sick since the end of January 2016. Initially I went to the general physician (GP) thinking I had a sinus infection and he prescribed a 10 day course of antibiotics. In retrospect I'm glad for the antibiotics since I wasn't contagious. I then developed this horrible cough where I would cough so violently I would sometimes throw up. I've been sleeping in a recliner for almost three months and I still wake up coughing. I'm exhausted and can barely make it to work where I sit at my desk and never get up, not even for lunch. I often lay my head down on my desk and sleep. My GP gave me another antibiotic, steroids, cough syrup with codeine, various inhalers, Tessalon Perles, and a nebulizer. Nothing has helped and I'm at my wit's end. I've also been to a pulmonologist and cardiologist. When I went back to the pulmonologist her husband who is the breathing technician told me that he, his wife and their grandchild had WC so I know it is around. I wonder why my doctor didn't think of this. He also sent me for a chest x-ray and his office called and told me it was clear. That's the last I heard from them. No follow up. After a bad fit last week I started googling and came across this and realized that's what I have. I don't know why doctors and medical centers aren't warning us about this. I would much rather have the flu any day over this yet all you hear about is to make sure you get your flu shot!

Comment from: Buncha, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: March 10

I suffered with cough syncope due to pertussis, or whooping cough as we all know it. Unfortunately, I lost my license due to two fainting episodes. To help you all, make sure you request a blood test to diagnose whooping cough, in my case it took two attempts and two doctors. However, by being treated early with azithromycin, it eliminated my cough and in turn the syncopal episodes. Hope this helps.

Comment from: Capergirl, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 22

The first week of December I was treated for upper respiratory infection. By Christmas Eve, I felt like I was suffocating. I coughed for hours at a time. I couldn't eat, drink or breathe. The day after Christmas I went to the emergency room (ER). I wrote a note, I had no voice and constant coughing. The ER nurses told me I only felt as though I was choking to death but I really wasn't. So they left me to sit in the waiting room for four hours. I was going to leave but I was afraid I would die at home because I couldn't breathe. Nine hours later, I had a prescription for seven antibiotics, no cough medicine. Diagnosis, cough. Really? By now I'm certain I have broken two ribs and something has ripped apart in my abdomen. The hospital did not notify my doctor. They did not notify me! I called daily, for 5 days. All I was told was, your test was positive for whooping cough, pertussis, you'll feel better. No warning of the danger I pose to everyone around me, no treatment for family members, and no go see your doctor. Well, I'm not better. But five rounds of antibiotics have not helped much. I'm exhausted, sore and can barely talk. I am waiting to see my doctor to see what he says. My advice, if you had any testing done, you follow up, call daily for results, seek treatment for family members and let others know you are sick. And stay home. Please.

Comment from: heidi, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 14

I am 50 and have just been diagnosed with whooping cough, I have had a cough for about 3 weeks with it peaking this weekend. I do have spasms of coughing, with a whoop noise, my eyes water and at the end of each episode I gag like I am going to vomit. I feel very under the weather and am hot and cold, have no energy and now have chest pain also.

Comment from: Katy, 3-6 Female (Caregiver) Published: November 11

My 5 kids contracted whooping cough earlier this year, and as soon as I suspected it, I quarantined my family (we did eventually have it officially diagnosed as pertussis), and I started everyone on high doses of sodium ascorbate vitamin C powder. We were giving 10 to 15 grams per child, to bowel tolerance, then we backed off a bit. This didn't cure the pertussis, but it did change the cough, and the change was profound. It became more like the cough one has with a cold. Once we started the protocol, there were no more red in the face spells, no more choking on mucus, no more apneic episodes. We ran out of the vitamin C midway through and those nights were awful. Once the sodium ascorbate was back in my hands, things improved dramatically again. The entire length of the disease was about 10 weeks.

Comment from: ndhairangel, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 02

I got sick with a bad cold. The sneezing was very severe. About a week later I started coughing and felt it in my chest. The cough subsided and then a week later came back very strong. I went to a doctor (5 weeks into it) and was told I had pneumonia and treated with amoxicillin (which doesn't work on pertussis) and given 2 courses. I messed around with this for a month and noticed I wasn't really getting much better and even got worse during the last course. As soon as I got off the 2nd antibiotic I started coughing again and it got bad this time. I went to the doctor again and a different one who told me that it sounded like pertussis. He gave me a strong antibiotic and I started to feel better towards the end of it again but, just like before, it got bad again when I stopped taking it. Soon after, I woke up in the night and couldn't breathe and went to the emergency room (ER). This time they finally they did an official test for B. pertussis and gave me azithromycin and prednisone. I am still coughing and crackling at night and fear that when the medicine runs out, so does my luck. I haven't worked in 4 months due to the urinary incontinence and the terrible coughing. I have sore ribs and have even had a bladder infection due to the constant blows of pressure to my abdomen. I am grateful to these sites where we can tell our own story because reading about it made me know that this is what I am dealing with. I have not been vaccinated for whooping cough since pre-teen but I will now get the boosters every 10 years. I don't even want this again!

Comment from: Miki, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: August 05

When I was about 12 I caught whooping cough. My grandma had been a nurse and my mum had had it as a child, so both recognized the symptoms, particularly when my mum caught it off me about a month later. I went to multiple doctors multiple times, who first gave me antibiotics suspecting a chest infection, second gave me a Ventolin inhaler thinking that excessive mucus was sticking my airways closed. Neither doctor would admit, or even consider that I had whooping cough because I'd been vaccinated. One made me blow into a tube as hard as possible which of course caused a coughing fit right there in his office; he essentially ignored it. It lasted for about 3 months. I barely ate because I'm also emetophobic, so I only vomited once. One day I went to school having had quite a bit of time off, but instantly wasn't feeling up to staying. I went to the office and explained the situation, and they said I needed a note from my form teacher to be able to be sent home. My form teacher who was up two flights of stairs. I hadn't even begun climbing before I started a coughing retching fit and another teacher found me. Not good. Afterwards I found out something about the vaccine; it can sometimes alter the classic 'whooping' sound you're supposed to make. Perhaps that's why the doctors wouldn't believe us, the sound I made was an awful sound of desperate, labored inhalation. I can honestly say it's the worst illness I've ever had, I was scared of coughing for months after it was gone. I agree when people say they wouldn't wish it on their worst enemy. It's truly dreadful. Plus, there's pretty much nothing you can do. Maybe if I'd been given relevant medication I wouldn't have suffered so badly.

Comment from: tom, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: January 23

I have had whooping cough for 2 to 5 months. It started like tonsillitis and after a week I got that terrible cough, during one night I even broke a rib. The worst cough lasted for about 3 weeks, when I had the spasms, vomited and gasped. But from the very beginning I have had a terrible laryngitis, my voice almost does not exist, I am terribly hoarse. The doctor told me I have swollen vocal cords. I still cough a lot although without the spasms, but I have lots of mucus in my larynx.

Comment from: McKenna, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 05

My 9 year old daughter has pertussis. She's around 7 weeks into the illness now and recovering. She was diagnosed TODAY by a specialist at a larger hospital and it was the same situation as others have described. She started with what our doctor thought was a cold, her asthma symptoms acted up that I had her sleep in bed with me so I could literally keep her breathing at night by propping her up and having the nebulizer ready when she opened her eyes. It was the most terrifying time. After several tests, antibiotics, medicines, and an immunology test (finally) we found out what it was. My oldest daughter now has the same symptoms and she's 19. She's around week 3 with the illness and our doctor is now treating her as well. I have a more mild case and am around week 3 also. We are all on Zithromax and my daughters are also on steroid inhalers. None of us had the "classic" whooping sound while coughing. Just a lot of strong coughing spells that cause us to breath in with a sucking sound, and lots of mucus that is choking. It's very difficult at night or immediately after eating. My children are not vaccinated against the illness b/c our doctor at the time my oldest had her vaccine told us not to due to her having a severe reaction to the first vaccine. He told us that biological siblings should not get the vaccine either since they could have the same reaction and have neurological complications. So here we are, trying to recover.

Comment from: 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 05

I contracted whooping cough in 2002. At first I thought it was just a cold, and treated symptoms with OTC medications. After about a month, I went to my doctor who diagnosed "respiratory infection". I was put on antibiotics. It didn't help. After about another month, I again went to my doctor, who again diagnosed "respiratory infection" and told me it would just take time. Another course of antibiotics, and not much change. It finally cleared up after approximately five months. I didn't even realize that I had had whooping cough until about a year later when I read in the newspaper about a small "outbreak" of whooping cough in my state. Symptoms were severe enough that I would sometimes vomit after or at the end of a coughing fit. What finally clued me in was the signature "whoop" at the end of a coughing fit when I could finally breathe again, and would dramatically inhale. I was 48 years old at the time - I had had the vaccination as a child; apparently it wears off after nearly 50 years - imagine that. Since I have fibromyalgia, an autoimmune disease, my immune system is depressed, and had I known it was necessary, I would have had a booster. I still have problems with my lungs, and seem to catch every respiratory disease that is "going around" at the time.

Comment from: darcemc, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: October 05

I was admitted into the ICU on July 31st due to an uncontrollable cough that the ER Dr, and myself, believed to be related to my asthma. After 5 days of being in the ICU I was transferred to a regular medical floor and then tested for pertussis which came back positive. 6 days later I was released from the hospital. Since then I have been miserable. I have 4 broken ribs, horrible coughing spells which frequently results in either throwing up or syncope, and severe chest, abdominal and back pain. I was a pediatric nurse and had to switch jobs as there was no way that I could return to work with the way I am feeling. I just started my new job behind the scenes in healthcare on Wednesday. I had to leave training early yesterday due to passing out after a bad coughing fit. At this point I feel as though this is never ending. I am super frustrated and very scared. That feeling of not being able to get a breath in gets me every time. I have taken 2 rounds of antibiotics and now have a fever again which started yesterday, body aches, fatigue, headaches, etc.

Comment from: 5 weeks n hating it, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: October 05

I had no idea that an Adult could get "Whooping Cough", thinking it was a child's disease, hence why children get vaccinated. After what I call an intense but short cold/flu like experience, I started to cough in the first week, that turned into extreme fits to the point where I nearly blacked out! Each inhale of breath had this weird noise. My doctor had no idea, in fact it is so surprising to find out that the majority of "whooping cough" cases are misdiagnosed by doctors! I searched online, and found a site by a UK Doctor that specializes in Whooping Cough (Pertussis). There were some recordings on their and to my amazement they sounded exactly like me... No Doctor has ever told me that I need to be reinoculated for Whooping cough, had I known that I would have made sure. It is a dreadful disease, that can make one tense and on tender hooks all the time. The worst thing is that you never know when it will strike! On several occasions I have had bouts where I vomit with no control over the reflex, so I can be anywhere cough and just vomit. Can you imagine how embarrassing that when just walking down the street. I am now in week 4 or 5 of the disease, and my bouts are sitting around 5 to 10 times a day. Where they were around 15 to 25 times a day at the height of the disease. First thing in the morning I will have 2 to 3 severe bouts. Then 2 or 3 through the day a couple in the evening and I will have 4 at night that wake me up violently. I have an excessive amounts of saliva and clear looking phlegm that can build up so quickly. Generally speaking I am well, apart from being annoyed at having a disease that could have been easily prevented. As I have read there does not seem to be a lot I can do to relieve this. There are occasions that I can semi-control the fit, if I am quick enough to catch the first spasm. I can quickly exhale along a "silent" coughing spasm to happen, then I slowly draw air through the nose. This is extremely hard and sometimes the bodies reflex will automatically gag for air, and then it's back to the sever bout and "salty the sea lion" cough. I am still searching for a way to relive the symptoms. However I can say; Avoid dairy products (as these can line the throat, and cause mucous); Avoid any food that lines the throat such as chocolate, or items that are harsh and scratch the throat for instance toast, or crisp breads. I have found that these can almost instantly cause a feeling of wanting to cough. Keep hydrated, avoid air conditioning as they certainly causes the throat to dry out really quickly especially at night. Pray that more Doctors are wiser to this disease!

Comment from: Debbie, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 05

My daughter who is 15 and myself have been experiencing all of the classic symtoms of whooping cough. My daughter is in her 6th week with it. I am only in my 3rd. She has been to the doctor twice and put on an antibotic. Unfortunatley it was not one that was effective for the whooping cough. We have both had severe bouts of coughing and not being able to catch our breath. There has also been vomiting. I have told my doctor that I truely believe that we have whooping cough but they say that it is too rare and it is probably not possible. It makes me feel dumb for asking to be tested. It is supposed to be reported to the health department and if I can keep one person from getting it, then I will feel like I have done a little something to help.

Comment from: stevens mummy, 0-2 Male (Patient) Published: July 31

My 6 week old son is in intensive care at the moment with whooping cough. I went to the doctors in the beginning with my son having a persistent cough and mucus coming up I was told it was a cold, 2 days later my son became worse and started going blue so I took him to hospital to get some answers yet again I was fobbed off with its a cold but he does have a lot of mucus on his chest but with it was clear it is not an infection. My son's condition worsened so I yet again went to the doctors where my son had a bad coughing fit, so I was finally referred to hospital for treatment but on the way my son totally stopped breathing and turned blue. When we got to hospital the consultant told me we had gone just in time as my sons lungs were that heavy due to all the mucus he couldn't breath for himself, my son had 2 respiratory arrests while at hospital so was transferred to another hospital to intensive care were he is currently under going treatment for whooping cough. I was so scared I was going to loose him and I feel if the doctors had listened to me at the start I wouldn't be sitting here now waiting for my son to recover and come off his ventilator.

Comment from: nicki, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: June 24

I have had whooping cough for nearly five weeks now. The symptoms are a little less severe, yet still quite scary. As I cough, I feel as if my body is being electrocuted, and my head is about to explode. It is frightening because you simply cannot get a breath in. Nights are terrible with more frequent and severe bouts. I asked my doctor what I can do to rebuild my immune system. He simply said that it takes time. The healing process is very slow.

Comment from: james, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: December 07

I think I have pertussis, it seems like I get it every year. They gave me an inhaler this time but it is not working. I just found out there is a vaccine for pertussis. Also I think the next best thing for it is a Z-Pak. I hate having to deal with this.

Comment from: Tlightfo, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: November 24

I am 66 and got whooping cough (WC) on 7/12/15. I have no official diagnosis but the emergency room (ER) doctor said it sounds like WC. Four hours in the ER and USD 8000 later, I went home without an official diagnosis because the 2nd ER doctor didn't request the swab to be checked for the bacteria. It is November 21st and I am still coughing occasionally. Three of the four doctors said it is acid reflux. I am so frustrated.

Comment from: cindy, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 25

I have been ill for 3 weeks. I have had 3 different antibiotics, but I am still sick. I keep coughing up green stuff, can't breathe at night and vomit every morning and sometimes at night. I am too scared to go to bed because I can't breathe. No doctor has given me any answers; I think I could have whooping cough.

Comment from: BGLisa, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: February 13

I am in week 7 of whooping cough (pertussis). I am a little better than I was 2 weeks ago. I'm just wondering if during this point in the illness anyone else is still vomiting up lots of mucus. It seems that this late in the game I should only have a deep dry cough.

Comment from: Peppa71, 0-2 Female (Caregiver) Published: June 05

I am a mother of a newborn baby who suffered with pertussis when she was a week old. It was horrible to watch my little one suffer like that, coughing until she turned blue in color due to the disease constricting her oxygen intake. It's like when you tie a rubber band around your finger, and no oxygen goes through and the finger turns blue; well, imagine this feeling taking over your whole body. We were both admitted in hospital and stayed for 3 weeks until she was discharged with some potent medications. When you see these symptoms, rush to get medical help.

Comment from: hyang, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 26

My tonsils were swollen about a month ago, went to the Centra Care and they give me a magic gargle, some antibiotics and prednisone. These things did not help at all. A week later I develop this persistent coughing so I went to my regular doctor. He give me another round of antibiotics and prednisone; still did not work. Two weeks later my coughing is getting worse and I took some over the counter mucus medicine which did not work. I went back to my doctor and he told me my lungs are clear and told me it is allergy. He gave me another brand of antibiotics and another round of prednisone and this time he prescribed a nose spray. I am almost done with the antibiotics and here I am still coughing like crazy. It is embarrassing at work. I am getting worried now if I have pertussis.

Comment from: Jackie, 35-44 Female Published: October 05

I have whooping cough at moment and reading the viewer comments it makes me so mad. My 10 year old daughter started with it first and again my doctor said it was just a cold and maybe a chest infection. It finally got diagnosed when we had to call an ambulance for her as she has passed out on the bathroom floor because she panicked when she could not catch her breath. Now I have it I just know I have six times last night I was up coughing and retching. I hate night times and now I am going around like a zombie. I am on klacid and I am not sure if they are helping or not cause I was on Augmentin duo before that because my Doctor thought I had a chest infection!!! I would not wish this on my worst enemy but is there nothing to stop it at night! its driving me absolutely nuts.

Comment from: LDC, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: August 26

I am a 37 year old man who has pertussis. This is a horrible disease. I am also lucky enough to have cough syncope (pass out while coughing). So, my experience has been one to its own. I was diagnosed in an emergency room following a fall due to the syncope 11 days ago. Spent 2 nights in the hospital and have been home ever since. Today is the first day that I am not contagious. I still feel unsafe to drive to work or leave the house in fear of passing out from coughing. I have numerous attacks daily. It seems to be more common after period of sleep when I am able to sleep. I never had any other symptoms. Just a cough only that ended up getting very violent and causing syncope. Had it not been for an ER doctor walking by my room and catching a glimpse of the blood shot in my eye nobody would have ever thought of testing me for pertussis.

Comment from: Desjam, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 17

When I was 5 years old I suffered with pneumonia and was hospitalized for 4 days. Since this time I have had very sensitive airways and each year suffer, with what I call a winter's cough. Especially at night time when it's cold I would cough. A few years ago I was diagnosed as being asthmatic, but this has since been ruled out. Last year I went to the local doctors to have my cough checked out as it was getting the better of me. Like one of you said: You feel like you are being electrocuted and your head aches and my ribs hurt like crazy. After 3 months of suffering with this cough I was finally diagnosed as having whooping cough. This year I have the same cough and I thought that because I had whooping cough for 3 months that my body would create its own antibodies for this, but I'm not sure. I have been advised to have an antibiotic injection, so I won't have this again.

Comment from: kenzie's granny, 0-2 Female (Caregiver) Published: August 17

I echo Steven's mummy's comments. My 5 week old granddaughter experienced the same situation. The first doctor visit with my daughter I was told the baby had a cold and to suction her nose. The second doctor visit 5 days later resulted in a prescription for albuterol, as they thought asthma might be the culprit. A week after the initial doctor visit we were in the ER, transferred to a pediatric hospital and then moved to pediatric ICU. Scary, scary stuff. Especially for a brand new mother. 23 years ago I experienced the same "brushing off" as a new mother when my daughter was ill. It galls me that pediatricians for some reason refuse to believe that not all new mothers are "hysterical" every time their newborn coughs. Mothers KNOW when something isn't right. A mother's feeling should be treated like the little nagging voice in the back of your head and LISTENED to.

Comment from: Becky, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: July 31

I had whooping cough 10 yrs ago. The most frustrating thing at the time was that I couldn't get a proper diagnosis from any doctor in my town. None of them would even explore the possibility of whooping cough and scorned the idea. They insisted it was persistent bronchitis or that I'd developed asthma or allergies. I finally self-diagnosed online and discovered the initial antibiotics prescribed for "bronchitis" would have killed the bacteria but the continuing symptoms lasting 4-5 months could not be treated even if I'd been properly diagnosed at the time. Now, 10 yrs later, I believe I still suffer the effects. I have persistent sinus congestion and need to blow my nose up to a dozen times every day. Prior to the whooping cough I barely blew my nose once per day. I also think my bronchial tubes continue to be sensitive and not completely recovered from the trauma of the violent coughing.

Comment from: Mrbigglw, 7-12 Female (Caregiver) Published: July 20

My daughter contracted whooping cough in early February of this year and went through some horrible coughing spells, mostly at night. I don't remember sleeping much over the course of about a month as her coughing spells were so bad she would vomit and almost to the point of passing out as she couldn't catch her breath. It was a nightmare and I can only sympathize with those of you who have contracted it. It makes one helpless and the doctors couldn't prescribe anything to ease her coughing. I actually was having a conversation with a cab driver and he told about the drug called Ventolin which is used for treating asthma patients any other forms of breathing disorders. She would only take the inhaler at night just before bed and she may have had one or two coughing fits over the next two months. The difference in her was amazing. I also kept a drink next to the bed as once she was able to calm down and take a breath it helped sooth her throat and she could get back to bed almost immediately. During the day she kept a drink with her constantly and learned to control her cough as the more she coughed the worse it was. They call it the 100 day cough and it's not lying. She's had a bad year for being sick but her immune system was destroyed over that period and is just beginning to get back to being herself.

Comment from: Mit, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: July 07

I was recently diagnosed with whooping cough. I had taken a trip with a friend that had it, so assuming I caught it from her. I went to the doctor twice before they diagnosed me. Had onset of coughing spells and low grade fever for 2 weeks. I took breathing treatments at home along with an inhaler and it would not help. I have occasional asthma, and I know the difference between an asthma cough and a common cough. So I went to the doctor and after telling her my symptoms she diagnosed me with whooping cough. She prescribed 2 weeks of erythromycin along with an injection. Coughing began to get worse a week into the treatment, especially at night until I get light headed and wanted to pass out. Nausea also occurs at times after a bad coughing spell. I called my doctor back and she gave me another antibiotic shot. Hope it gets better soon. I am at work, but walk around with a handkerchief over my mouth, so that I don't infect anyone. My chest hurts from coughing so much and now I have began with cramps and diarrhea. I guess from the antibiotics. Good luck to anyone who gets this and hope it doesn't last long. long.

Comment from: 0-2 Female (Patient) Published: July 07

In January my wife gave birth to our daughter Victoria Kathleen Lopez. We are very religious about getting our children vaccinated. When Victoria got sick she was too young to receive the shot. It began as what looked like a common cold. Our regular doctor was out of the office so we saw a stand in that really did not answer our question and we thought hey he is a doctor right. Victoria got worse we saw our regular doctor we were sent to the hospital where I went from a concerned parent to parents facing the fact that we were going to lose our daughter. My life crashed and I would not leave her side for over a month until her passing. At the time I was also diagnosed with it. This had me on the floor gasping for breath. I broke a rib and I was coughing so much and every time I had a episode I felt terrible for her (daughter) knowing what she felt and the fear she must have had. Ten years later my family stills feels the loss. My oldest son who was 3 at the time remembers her and cries when it is her birthday. The day we lost her we spend this time together no work, no school just thankful that we still have each other. We try to share our story with others to spread knowledge of the sickness if we can change one life we would be happy so please insure that not only your children are vaccinated but those others in the family need boosters to control the spread.

Comment from: Lizzie, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 05

I had whooping cough 5 years ago in my late forties. The cough persisted for more than three months; in between coughing attacks I felt perfectly well. The coughing was always much worse at night, and I had to sleep partially sitting up. I was aware of rustling, crackling sounds in my chest as I breathed, particularly at night. The sensation of being unable to stop coughing was very distressing, with each coughing bout I feared I would choke, I felt very anxious and also depressed during this time because of it. Eventually the spasms became less and finally ceased. I asked my doctor if I would be likely to get it again, or should be vaccinated against it, he did not know. Currently, after having mild cold symptoms a few weeks ago which seemed to linger, I have started to have small coughing spasms, particularly at night, and am fearful that I have caught it again. I was vaccinated against whooping cough as a child, and the diagnosis of whooping cough 5 years ago was eventually confirmed by blood tests. I dread having the same experience again, being unable to stop violently coughing made me feel very fearful.

Comment from: Marsha, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: February 26

I had the whooping cough as a baby. I just turned 6 months old and I had it severe, where I couldn"t breathe and I was already turning blue, so my mama and daddy took me to the emergency room that night. I may not have known, but my family told me about it. If it wasn"t for them taking me, I wouldn"t be here today.

Comment from: 55-64 Female Published: October 05

I am 57 and I caught whooping cough 8 weeks ago. I'm certain I caught it from a family member who insisted that everyone in her family had "gotten over" their recent bout of whooping cough. I can't begin to tell you how hard it is to convince family members that a glass of orange juice or a little more rest just isn't going to help much. My neck is so sore and I'm exhausted all the time from the coughing. At night it's horrible. I took antibiotics but they did nothing to help. I've now developed asthma; just going up a flight of stairs and I can't breath. I live all day and all night on a combination of Ibuprofen for the muscle aches due to the coughing, Primatene Mist to be able to breath through my lungs and Afrin nose spray to help stop the drainage which escalates the coughing. I'm wondering if I will ever be normal again. I've stopped going places and I have no appetite at all.

Comment from: Debarmstrong, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 05

I am a 56 year old healthy female. About two weeks ago I began coughing but just thought it was a mild cold; however, the coughing continued until I had bouts where I could not catch a breath and would get panicky when I couldn't breathe. I went to see two doctors and also wound up in the emergency room. Each time, I was told I have a lung infection and acute bronchitis. Even though there were times when I thought I was feeling better I could never sleep and would wake up choking and coughing. Today I went to Urgent care and was diagnosed with pertussis. I was shocked because I have always been current on my shots. To make a long story shorter I was given some medication to help with the spasms and was told to buy a vaporizer. Lets see what happens but this is just an awful disease to have!!!

Comment from: chronscarier, 13-18 Female (Patient) Published: October 05

im 15 years old and im currently going through whooping cough. i was recently told i had chrons. i think i got whooping cough from the ER. i came home a week latter but didn't start to cough until my second day home.at frist it was the cough i just pushed it off as the cold. but then it started to get worse and felt like i had been punched in the ribs and left with bruises. it very painful when it pops up. it gets worst as the sun goes down. and now i fear that i have gave it to other, because i attend a public school.it hurt but i know to hang tough. and hope for the best.

Comment from: curious, 55-64 Female Published: October 05

I had whooping cough when I was 9years old,and I remember that my urine color was milky white. I've been searching and could not find any relation to the color of urine and whooping cough.

Comment from: flowershug, 13-18 Female (Patient) Published: May 20

I am 13 years old and currently have pertussis (whooping cough). I am pretty sure that I am in the first stage, but it's still really bad. The sneezing never stops, and the back of my throat is really raw from coughing so much. I just went to the doctor today and got antibiotics, and they seem to help a little bit. It kind of feels like a sinus infection.

Comment from: Ray A, 55-64 Male Published: April 27

I can remember my parents telling me that when I was a baby in the early 50s I nearly died from whooping cough. It must have been winter because they said they had to keep the kitchen fire going for weeks and the room was kept at a constant temperature.

Comment from: Janette, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: August 21

I am now in week 2 of whooping cough. It took three visits to the doctors in 5 days to be diagnosed. The cough and "whoop" is absolutely terrifying when you can't get that air into your lungs you panic which only makes it worse. My back hurts, my throat hurts, my stomach muscles hurt from the coughing. I have only just started on the antibiotics and steroids today, so hoping this will make some difference. None of my family have caught it.

Comment from: Pete, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: July 31

My experience with whooping cough was quite frighteneing. After thinking I had a cold for 2 weeks I began to cough at work and awoke to several scared people standing over me. Over the next 3-4 weeks even a small cough would result in my passing out. I banged my face on the floor several times and had black eyes and scrapes all over my face. It took about 6-7 weeks total to recover. I never could get a doctor to diagnose pertussis because I didn't have a "whoop". I had my immunization updated during this time.

Comment from: MaMa V, 19-24 Female (Caregiver) Published: July 07

My 3 year old has the 1st stage of pertussis. Sometimes it's hard to see her like that. In the nights is when it hits her badly. Once she fall a sleep. It will start. I'm up with her all night. I don't know what to do. I took her to the doctor he gave me antibiotics and even the inhaler. Nothing worked with her. I'm just frustrated to see her like this. It's getting bad.

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