I am 33, male, never had asthma or anything similar. About a year and half ago I first came down with a respiratory infection following a head cold. I ended up in the ER after a few days and they determined it was a bit of pnemonia. I took the prescribed anitbiotics, with prednisone and it went away very quickly. Over the last year and a half, mostly about the last year, I've had six more visits to the ER, or doctor, due to the same problem. The anitbiotics do not seem to work and the cough remains for weeks. Eventually it goes away only to resurface again later, for no reason. I have been prescribed Advair inhaler, which seems to work, even when the antibiotics do not. Two weeks ago I took a methacoline challenge to determine asthma and they ruled out asthma as a cause. If I catch a cold, the cough comes on very quickly, right after the cold goes away. At that time I'm coughing up gobs of dark colored mucos. That usually goes away and the cough produces clear sputum with flecks of dark mucus in it. Sometimes for no apparent reason (sometimes following exercise) I develope a recurring cough in which I will suddenly cough up large, almost solid masses of mucos, all by themselfs. Once I cough these up it seems that I can breath easier. The last time I had it following a cold, I noticed very faint specles of blood in the mucos, right before the symptoms disappeared. I exercise a great deal and this has all but ruined me. I can not excersice at peak for very long now. Only a couple of minuets before I am out of breath and my heart is pounding. I do not smoke, I eat very well and I have not had any environmental changes. I do have allergies as I am sneezing in the morning ect. but take Claritin which works well. The specialist that I have seen once, two months ago, I see again on Friday. It seems as though it takes an act of congress to see a specialist in a timely manner, only to be sent off for another test in three weeks and resheduled with him in another eight weeks. I am very frustrated and it another doc hands me an antibiotic and tells me I have a little pnemonia I might choke him. I realize this is lengthy, any feedback would be great.
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