How was your recovery from Whooping Cough?
June 18, 2012 1:13 PM Subscribe
Question about typical recovery pattern from whooping cough. If you've had it, you can probably help me out.
posted by crapples to health & fitness (10 answers total)
So - I'm a 45 year old guy, and I have whooping cough. I've had it for about 3 weeks. I've been through the 5-day Z-Pack anti-biotics.
And here's the thing: About 5-6 days ago I started to feel significantly better. I started coughing only lightly, although still several times a day. My other symptoms (runny nose, sore throat, etc) disappeared completely. I basically started to feel better - with an inconsequential lingering cough. I even played a two-hour tennis match a few days ago.
Then last night all of my symptoms started to come back! I'm now coughing almost (not quite) as badly as I was at it's worst point. My nose is running again. It's like I got better - then it just returned.
I called a nurse and she said that I probably don't have it again (because the anti-biotics are still technically in my system, and because I got my booster shot last week). I can't get in to see a doctor for the next few days.
My question: Is this a typical recovery pattern? Or has it come back? Or is something else going on? If you've had whooping cough, did you recover linearly or in an up and down wave?