For well over 10 years, I had a smoker’s cough no one could get rid of.
It was debilitating. I had an incontrollable cough when I got in the car, lay down to sleep, woke up in the morning, woke up in the middle of the night. It interfered in every aspect of my life. Thank God I work out of my house, so I could put my clients on mute or hold so they wouldn’t hear me coughing!
My life was hell at that point. It went on for well over 10 years, probably closer to 13 years. The doctors gave me every medication under the sun to treat that cough. Went to every specialist you can imagine. Everybody had a different diagnosis for the problem, and little of it had any affect. It was not treated properly until 2010.
In February 2010, my doctor tentatively diagnosed me with hyper-sensitivity pneumonitis (HP), which causes scar tissue and fibrosis, or idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.
When they diagnosed me, the doctors put me on prednisone and azithromyacin for three months. I had a two-year flare-up that had not been treated. The medicine did help, once I was diagnosed. I had had other flare-ups in the past that weren’t treated correctly. They had seen it on the scans between 2006 and 2008, but didn’t do anything about it. If they had, it may have stayed gone, and my lungs may not be in a position they are in now.
My right lung is 80 percent scar tissue and left lung 20 to 30 percent scar tissue. My doctor said, don’t get sick. If I get a sickness involving the lungs, the outcome probably will not be a good one. I am on oxygen at night and when I exercise.
Sometime after the 2010 diagnosis, my husband saw an article in the newspaper about a new lung medication seeking FDA approval. I looked on the internet, and for some reason, what came up was one of AST Enzymes’ distributors. (Not the article I was searching for) I ended up calling AST and Luis was a big help with me. I also talked to some people who were taking Serracor-NK and Peptizyme-SP and felt the enzymes are definitely helping. Several people who had been taking Serracor and Peptizyme swore they would never stop taking them.