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chronic cough

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • August 18, 2008
  • 01:39 AM

I have intermittent cough that started in october. It's been 10 months. When it started, I was put on antibiotics but my cough still persisted (I went to my physician in addition to the health center in my school campus). So i was given more antibiotics. I had a CT scan with contrast and it showed some mild fibrotic changes but nothing significant from my last chest xray. I saw my ENT doctor because a pulmonary doctor suggested it could be post nasal drip. I've had issues with my sinuses in the past also and have really bad allergies. My ENT doctor sent me for a CT scan of my sinuses and he gave me some nasal sprays and suggested sinus rinsing. He also thinks it may be GERD, which I don't think it is. I eat a healthy diet and watch my weight..I took zantac and prilosec but it didn't change my symptoms..I still have coughing, sometimes wheezing, and I wake up feeling like my chest is tight and the need to cough. I bought a HEPA filter and bed lifts. I don't know what else to do for this chronic cough. I'm seeing another pulmonary doctor and had another chest xray done. It showed hyperinflation of my chest so I'm taking advair and sometimes albuterol. I don't know how I can have hyperinflation of my chest...I never had asthma before and I feel better when I exercise or I'm moving around...shouldn't it be the opposite with hyperinflation of the chest? The feeling of the need to cough is more prominent when I'm not moving around. I'm really puzzled whether or not it's really postnasal drip or something is wrong with my lungs? There are times when it's really bad..my chest feels congested and tight and I have to cough out sputum but my sputum is clear. The Dr said hyperinflation is not bad in my situation because I'm healthy and young (I'm 23) and the symptoms are manageable. However, there are times when I really don't feel good. I don't want to just give up and try to live with a chronic cough but do I have any other options?

thanks for any suggestions!

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