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So depressed! Whooping cough!?!?!(5 posts)

So depressed! Whooping cough!?!?!Rich_Racer
Feb 19, 2003 3:09 PM
I've not ridden for the last couple of weeks because of a cough. Having been to the doctors I find I have whooping cough and it could last a couple of months! So depressed - I feel like my whole cycling year is over. All I'll be doing for the rest of the year is getting my base fitness back.

Anybody else had a similar depressing illness experience?


Rich. :(
re: So depressed! Whooping cough!?!?!zooog
Feb 19, 2003 3:59 PM
Sorry to hear that..heard of whooping cough but thought it was non-existant. what do they treat it with and can you do any type of training. Speedy recovery. Where the heck do you "catch" whooping cough?????
re: So depressed! Whooping cough!?!?!Rich_Racer
Feb 19, 2003 9:42 PM
I must have caught it from someone else who had it! Apparantly there's a bit of an epidemic in CA at the moment. The reason it's thought to be almost non-existant is because it's completely under-diagnosed - probably about 50x - because as an adult I generally only have a couple of coughing fits a day so it's unlikely the doctor will ever here what the coughing sounds like. If he did he'd know it was whooping cough.

I can't train as my chest is so tight - I get out of breath very quickly and if I take a particularly deep breath one of the coughing fits start.

As for treatment - well there isn't really any. Anti-biotics don't really work unless you're already taking them when you get the infection! It just has to "run it's course"!

Oh well!
re: So depressed! Whooping cough!?!?!al0
Feb 20, 2003 3:41 AM
The Whooping-cough has one pecular feature - cough still exists much longer (several weeks at least) then illness itself. And it can be treated, but effective treatment involves drugs (e.g. codein-based). So it isn't used widely.
re: So depressed! Whooping cough!?!?!desertmd
Feb 20, 2003 1:55 PM
Whooping cough - caused by Bordetella pertussis, is likely underdiagnosed in adults. You have to be highy suspicious for it to catch it - the typical whooping that occurs after coughing spells occurs in a minority of adults. The only thing I might disagree with is that even people who have been coughing for a while might consider antibiotic because therpay can eradicate the bug from your nasopharynx, and thus not let you pass it on to people in your household - particulary unvaccinated children. Also there are some studies that suggest antibiotics may benefit the patient directly by shortening duration of symptoms even for those in the paroxysmal phase, which it sounds like you are in. Though antibiotics work better for kids in this regard. Generally you go through 3 phases - catarrhal, paroxysmal and then convalescent. The catarrhal lasts a couple weeks generally and feels like a cold or flu. The paroxysmal part is the coughing fits followed by the inspiratory whoop. Unfortunately this lasts 1-10 weeks. You could use codeine to suppress cough, but I doubt it would help you too much with biking. Unfortunately it is mostly tincture of time to get through it. Take care. The only other thing to consider is other causes for chronic cough such as asthma, viral infections like influenza, atypical pneumonias such as mycoplasma, etc.