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  • Posted By: smb2006
  • December 1, 2006
  • 11:55 PM

I have had this problem for well over 10 weeks now. It started with a really bad cough which lasted for about a month. Whilst I had this cough I also was experiencing a pain in the middle of my chest and also in my upper back. I attended my doctor who assured me that it was a viral infection in the upper respiratory area as he said my lungs were clear. It will clear up soon he told me. A few more weeks passed the cough disappeared and i have been left with what can I can only describe as a "hazy" feeling in my throat - like the feeling you get before you want to cough, but it is constant and quite annoying. After a number of visits to the GP he sent me for a chest x-ray which came back normal. But a few weeks ago I started experience stabbing pains in my chest so went to the hospital who monitored me for about 6 hours and gave me another x-ray (which came back normal) they could not find anything abnormal in my tests. So what I am left with now is this feeling in my throat, upper back pain and a pain in my mid-chest and a feeling of just being tired / no get up and go. I've been experiencing night sweats all this week also. Does anyone know what this is. Could it just be an virus like the doctor says. Can I virus last that long. And I have been doing everything in my power to get rid of it, eating fresh fruit / veg / vitamins/ lots and lots of water. I just dont seem to be getting any better. Apologies for the long post.

Any light would be much appreciated.

smb

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  • the cough/throat and pain may be two different problems. if the pain on back is upper right hand side may be caused by pancreas. sweats caused by low blood sugar. cut down alcohol check blood sugar levels Ben
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 2, 2006
    • 03:11 AM
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  • Have you been checked for asthma? I hope so, if not try that next. I felt the same way a few years back, ended up being asthma. Make sure you get checked for what Ben said. Always better to be safe!!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 2, 2006
    • 06:04 AM
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  • I am no dr., but from what I have researched looking into my condition, maybe you should consider speaking to your dr. about costcondritis. It sounds close to your symptoms..Just a thought?
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 2, 2006
    • 06:53 AM
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  • Go To A Cardiologist For A Complete Check Make Sure It Is Not Your Heart
    BLUES100 4 Replies
    • December 3, 2006
    • 00:04 AM
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  • i have had the same kind of pains for weeks now and the same cough when i went to the doctors he told me i had pleurisy maybe you should check that with ur doctor or read up on it on the net. with mine you could press on my chest and feel the pain, and i had the pain but worse on my right shoulder area and when i cough it hurt more its maybe worth reading up on it and speaking to ur doc about it also. and by the way my chest xray come bk clear also ..
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 5, 2006
    • 07:24 PM
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  • Are you a woman or a man? I heard from someone that sometimes women will feel heart problems in their back, whereas men tend to get chest pains or pain down into their arms.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 9, 2006
    • 11:45 PM
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  • Hi. I'm not a doctor, so please understand these are only suggestions and by all means, seek another opinion from a medical professional if your symptoms do not seem to be getting any better over time. Sometimes coughs like that can last several weeks. Because of all the coughing, there can be inflammation in the pharynx which can cause an almost congested wheezing sensation in the depths of the throat. Do you feel like you have to clear your throat all the time? Do you have a lot of post nasal drainage. That can be a big factor. Allergies, too, can cause the symptoms that you describe. Also the pain you're experiencing could very well be costochondritis which is an inflammation of the junctions where the upper ribs join with the cartilage that holds them to the breastbone. It can be very painful. Viral infections can cause the inflammation as well as the very act of continuous coughing. You haven't mentioned what medications you've taken, but if you haven't tried a nasal spray such as Flonase, you might consider that.(Rx only). Also an inhaler such as Advair (Rx only) might also help with the throat stuff. If you haven't tried either of these, then maybe you can suggest them to your doctor. Try taking OTC anti-inflammatories such as Motrin or Alleve for the pain. I had the same thing last year and it eventually went away. Good luck! Hope you're feeling better soon!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 10, 2006
    • 01:44 AM
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  • Thank you for all your replies. I am a 35 year old female, non-smoker. The symptom are pretty much the same since my original post. I dont get the upper back pain, so that is a blessing but everything else is the same. I am now experiencing night sweats which I have had for the last 2 weeks. Before this started I was quite active but now I find it hard to get out of bed these days. I did consider whether it was pleurisy but from what I read, you experience severe chest pain when breathing and I havent experienced that. It is just a general ache which doesnt go away. The doctor did give me an inhaler of Sulbutomol, as he thought that it might relieve the cough, but it didnt make any difference. I've made an appointment to see the doctor next week as I think this needs to be investigated futher. Once again thank you for your replies. SMB
    smb2006 1 Replies
    • December 11, 2006
    • 10:50 PM
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  • I think the cardio post was a good idea.....:)
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 8, 2007
    • 00:19 PM
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