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Forum Name: Chest symptoms
Question: Lifelong Phlegmy Cough
|mplovesap - Thu Oct 18, 2007 1:56 am||
Hello I am a 29 year old female. I am not on any medications. I have mild Scoliosis, lumbar Spondolisis, and PCOS.
I have always had a phlegmy cough. As a baby they said it was croup. As a child and teen years Dr's argued whether I had asthma, bronchitis, or neither. The Dr's always say my lungs sound fine and x-rays come out fine.
I always have this cough. It does not get better or worse during any part of the day. It always the same. I have a hard time coughing it up because I cant get it high enough. So Im usually have this gross cough or sound like I’m clearing my throat all the time. Sometimes I'll go into a coughing fit and finally throw up alot of phlegm, sometime with streaks of blood. Then I’m better for a few hours, maybe.
When I was younger the Dr's tried inhalers, rescue and steroid. This didn’t change anything. I’ve tried Allergy meds. This hasn’t changed anything.
Am I doomed to have this disgusting cough my whole life? What is wrong with me?
|Dr. Chan Lowe - Thu Oct 18, 2007 9:48 pm||
A sometimes overlooked cause of a chronic cough is gastroesophageal reflux. Occasionally a chronic cough is the only symptom and there is no classic burning pain of esophageal irritation.
You may want to talk with your doctor about trying a reflux medicine for a little while to see if it helps. If it does not I would recommend you see a pulmonologist for further evaluation. You may need a bronchoscopy (where they use a small camera to look at your airways) to help figure this out.
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