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Forum Name: Chest symptoms
Question: dry cough,chest heaviness & headache
|crystal* - Sat Feb 16, 2008 2:10 pm||
i've been coughing for a month,i've taken buckley's cause i thought it was a cold.I've seen a doctor,when it didn t clear up,i was given antibiotics for bronchitis...i'm still coughing,it feels like someone s sitting on my chest & now i've had a constant headache(severe when i cough)for 1 week now..i also have mild dizzy spells,sneezing attacks that cause my throat to be itchy,all this coughing & sneezing is causing stress incontenance...i'm wondering if i should go to the hospital,but i don t want to wait 3 hrs to find its nothing ....but i don t want to wait it out to find its serious
|Dr. A. Madia - Fri Feb 29, 2008 10:28 am||
A cough lasting a month has to be thoroughly investigated. It could be a bronchitis, a non resolvong viral pneumonia, a tuberculosis or a mere pharyngitis. An Xray chest and some blood work is all you need.
Once the above mentioned major causes have been ruled out, then your cough can be due to a sinusitis with a post nasal discharge, or some environmental allergy.
You have not mentioned if you are on any other medications. Some BP medicines can be the reason of persistent dry cough with even a headache and urine incontinence.
For you I suggest a chest X ray, a complete blood count and if bothe are normal then to take a course of a broad spectrum antibiotic with your Family physicians advice.
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