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this coughing up phlegm problem is persisting..

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  • Posted By: ckanaan
  • January 17, 2009
  • 05:09 AM

I posted this problem before but I cant seem to find the previous thread so I thought I would make a new one.
Does anybody out there know what could cause a rather persistant, congested cough like the one I have? Its been around for approx. 2 months now. The cough comes and goes but when it does happen, I am trying to cough up whitish phlegm. I have no fever at all. I am not a smoker. I have been diagnosed with hiatus hernia in the past, and I know that this "could" cause a cough, but I have never had a long term coughing problem in the past. As I stated before, I have tried Benlyn (for congestion) before going to bed and it has helped to keep down the coughing. Strenuous exercise does not cause me to get out of breath and I dont wheeze. Might this coughing problem sound to have something to do with asbestos exposure in the past maybe??
Can anybody make a good recommendation as to what I can ask my nurse practitioner to check for? The problem is starting to worry me since it is not characteristic for me to have a long term congested phlegm cough like this in the past...thanks for reading....

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  • Do you have any postnasal drainage or''runny''nose?Is the phlegm frothy?Do you have any chills,fever,or night sweats?
    richard wayne2b 1232 Replies
    • January 17, 2009
    • 00:41 PM
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  • Oh,yeah,do you have any gastroesophageal reflux with your hiatal hernia?Do you wake up coughing?
    richard wayne2b 1232 Replies
    • January 17, 2009
    • 00:43 PM
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  • thaniks for the reply Richard Wayne. I have no postnasal drainage or runny nose..nothing out of the ordinary anyhow. No chills, fever, or nightsweats. As far as frothy phlegm....Im having a hard time coughing up the phlegm but I do get it out and its rather thick. As far as frothy phlegm goes...I dont think so. Also, the congestion problem comes and goes. Even though, I went to bed coughing last night and took "no" medication to curve the coughing, this morning, I woke up and had zero urge to cough and no congestion....yet!! I do not wake up coughing at night either....no more than I ever did in the past. Its not a common problem for me. And I "definitely do" have gastroesophageal reflux with my hiatal hernia. Sometimes, I will be doing something and I will unexpectingly get hit with a major burning sensation in my abdomen. If I dont have an antacid with me at the time, I feel doomed. Might this have something to do with my phlegm congestion problem?
    ckanaan 33 Replies
    • January 17, 2009
    • 01:41 PM
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  • Yes,if you aspirate any of the reflux fluids at night,it will lead to a productive cough.
    richard wayne2b 1232 Replies
    • January 17, 2009
    • 03:33 PM
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