My 76- year-old Mum has had a horrible extremely mucousy cough for nearly three years.
The doctors didn't take it seriously for two years because they hadn't heard it, then one day when she coughed in front of a doctor he exclaimed, "oh, that is a nasty cough!" and she was finally taken seriously. Since then she has been seeing a consultant who seems to be great, at last - better late than never I suppose.
She takes Seretide, mucodyne, Montelukast and her consultant has put her on a nebuliser which she has got at home on prescription from the NHS.
She has had CT scans and a bronchoscopy. They said one lung is partially collapsed, which it wasn't before this cough started up. This is part of what I was wondering, can the collapsed part ever become normal again? Is there a way of sort of making it expand out again?