Hi everyone -
In January I developed a dry cough, along with an annoying sensation in the lower throat - it is there all the time, but worse when I breath. Its feels like a raw, tickling sensation.
The cough has stopped, but the sensation when I breath is getting worse and worse - so bad that I am avoiding all social situations as it's so uncomfortable to talk. The past month I also feel like it's hard for me to breath and that I am short of breath.
I am also coughing up phlegm a few times a day (I have to bring it up - meaning I have to make myself cough to bring it up...). Sometimes green or yellow. Sometimes VERY sticky. Twice in the past couple of weeks I have seen streaks of blood in it.
The entire time I have been seeing an ENT dr who at first said he saw some post-nasal-drip, but last week he said he doesn't see this anymore. He gave me medicine for allergies, but it didn't help. Now I have been referred to a lung dr, but of course it takes a month to get an appointment. My family doctor said that 'maybe it's stress' - yeah right!
I cannot sleep at night and I am not functioning with this sensation in my airways/throat. Again, it's like a ticking, raw feeling, not that anything is closed or blocked.
PS. I am 34 and a non-smoker. All of my blood work and a chest x-ray came back normal back in Feburary.