Okay, first a little background. I'm a 32yr old man, with no major health problems. I only smoked the occasional cigar years ago ... literally I'd say less than 50 cigars lifetime.
About 13 years ago I went to the doc with a chronic dry cough. It never produced, just a little dry cough that was often just a cough under my breath type cough. My doc at that time said it was most likely cough variant asthma related to allergies and my GERD. I tried to ask more questions but she basically said I could accept her diagnosis or we could do a lung biopsy. Needless to say, I changed doctors. but I did accept the diagnosis ... made sense to me.
Fast forward to now. I still have the cough. Also over the last 5 or 6 years, I get periods of shortness of breath. Nothing serious, just makes me want to yawn a lot (and I figured it's just due to me gaining about 40 lbs over the last 8 years). But within the last few years, I had some bouts of pain in my left lung (never the right).
The pain is pretty much a dull pinching sort of pain while I breathe. If I hold my breath it feels much better, or if I press on that side of my chest it feels better. The pain is from just beside the breast bone and up to the top of my lung by my collar bone, and over to near my armpit (although much less noticeable near my armpit). It doesn't bother me at night either, but is aggravated when I go jogging in this cold weather.
The odd thing is that while I have the cough almost all the time, worse at times than others, the pain in my left lung only shows up probably 3 times in a year, and usually only lasts a week or two, rarely longer. I've never heard of cough variant asthma causing this, but I don't know. I have had some incidents of acid aspiration from the GERD, where I awoke at night choking on stomach acid that I had breathed into my lungs. But after such an incident, it's over and like it never happened within a day or two. And the lung pain and aspiration are never in close occurrence.
This thing has me baffled. Does anyone have any ideas or have any similar experiences? I'm currently unemployed so I can't visit the doc until I get a job with insurance, so I'd love to hear any ideas, advice or pointers on what to read up on. Thanks.