The last two nights have been horrible! Now sleeping propped up on weird contortion of 4 pillows, plus my body pillow, and still fricking coughing! I have tried cold medicine/cough syrups, cough drops, drinking water, some old Bronchitis cough medicine I had called Tessalon, and Mucinex. Nothing seems to make the cough any better. Plus I've been coughing during the day too more and more. As the day goes on the cough gets worse and I become more tired. On the upside, I did get a wonderful local heart valve clinic to accept my case for a second opinion. I don't know if they're just going to review my previous test results or have me come in to do some of their own(which I hope they do maybe a more extensive test just in case something was missed the first time).
Wondering if Should be More Aggressive with Treatment
Journal posted on August 6, 2014
Even with my blood pressure medicine I'm still having some angina, dizziness/light-headed when I move around like walking, stay tired, every night when I lay down I start by coughing and then sometimes wake up later with a severe coughing fit(even though I'm starting to sleep on extra pillow/towel). When I lean back on my couch or something else to either rest or play with my daughter I start coughing. I can no longer pretend to play hopscotch(I say pretend because I had right knee ACL reconstruction done years ago and I can't really jump with it) because I get so dizzy and it aggravates my chest and head. I have trouble walking around the zoo(which is a family thing we do every weekend because my daughter would live there if she could :) ). I have a desk job and am mostly sedentary at home and yet I'm still fighting with chest discomfort, coughing, dizzy/light-headedness throughout the day. I am wondering if I should be more aggressive and seek a cardiologist or cardiothorasic surgeon for a 2nd opinion for a long-range treatment plan. I've been researching and am really impressed with the doctors at Mount Sinai, the Cleveland Clinic, and St. Luke's Texas Heart Institute here in Houston.
It just seems like my symptoms fall in line with beginning stage heart failure despite being at the low level of MVR.? Has anyone else been here? Ideas?