I feel a bit silly posting on this site but think it's the nearest I can find to what' bothering me. I'm 64 and haven't smoked for 15 years when I stopped after two bouts of pleurisy. Since then I have developed various joint and soft tissue problems including fibromyalgia but am otherwise (I think) in good health. However for many months I have been concerned that I wake in the morning feeling what I can only describe as 'clogged up' in my chest, then coughing quite a few times and bringing up globules of clear catarrh or phlegm. More recently I have found I am also coughing sometimes during the day and once I start it is hard to stop, whilst at the same time I feel my upper chest is again congested and quite sore and my nose starts to run with all the coughing - I feel almost as if I have a cold though I don't and the symptoms have started suddenly each time. I was referred a while back to an ENT specialist and he said I had sinusitis and gave me what I think was an antibiotic spray but it seemed to make little difference, however the symptoms subsided by themselves so he discharged me. I continue to feel concerned, especially with the daytime coughing as well. I also have pain around my ribs but had a bad fall some years back during which I fractured ribs and a physio I saw last week for a general assessment has referred me for physio for the aching and pain around my chest area so that may not have anything to do with the coughing. I would be grateful to hear anyone's thoughts on what might be going on! Many thanks, Sue
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