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Old 03-31-2011, 06:12 AM   #1
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Dry Cough just won't go away!

I'm concerned about the past two weeks. My mom was just diagnosed with lung cancer at 62 and my friend just passed from lung cancer, which makes me even more nervous.

About two weeks ago I went to the doctor with some mucus in my lungs. I didn't really have a cough, but everytime I would breathe in, my breathes would be "interrupted" by clicking sounds of mucus and it would make me cough. When I coughed, some phlegm would come up (clear).

It hasn't gone away. Now, two weeks later, things are a bit worse. I'm:

* Coughing regularly (every few minutes). My throat is constantly dry and when I deep breathe in I do feel mucus somewhere in the paths...
* My throat is constantly dry. I drank a scotch last night and a coffee this morning and after both it made things worse.
* I went into a store yesterday coughing and the guy at the counter said "smoker, eh?". I said no! Never smoked in my life! He said "that's definitely a smokers cough, you're lying". Made me worried!
* My muscles ache... my neck muscles on the right hand side have hurt me for a day or two now. Also, when I push on the area where people would normally do CPR compressions (middle of chest, slightly down towards the stomach in the little "notch") it hurts much more than it would normally hurt... very sore. Also, my back muscles, when I stretch my arms up, feel like I recently worked out (sore)... but I haven't in a over a week.

I did have a fever about a week ago but it went away in a day. Actually, other than the coughing, slight stuffy nose (I feel the mucus more in my throat than in my nose but there's definitely some in my nose), and muscle aches, I feel fine.

Any thoughts? Could this be something majorly serious?

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Re: Dry Cough just won't go away!

There is a very nasty virus going around that just doesn't want to leave. My husband, also a non smoker got it and the cough lasted over 2 weeks, and it was a DEEP hacking cough. He just let it ride itself out but if yours continues maybe a trip to the Dr. is in order. You have to watch for Bronchitis or Pneumonia, but it really sounds like an upper respiratory thing going on.

The stuff in your throat is probably post nasal drip from your sinuses.

Hope your feeling better very soon...JJ...
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