MrCoughcough here, I'm a newbie to the forum, wondered if anybody can help. I've had a perpetual phlegmy cough (chronic) for 4 years now, not sure what's brought it on - might have been related to smoking cigars occasionally in the past (naughty I know), or a hereditary reason. Has only really been noticeable for the past 4 years though.
Coincidentally I've had a series of fairly nasty chest infections in the same timeframe, which have each cleared up with antibiotics or use of 'Bronchostop' (which is meant to be homeopathic but actually contains a mild antibiotic as a preservative), but I'd rather not have the cough to start with!
I've been to the doctors 4 or 5 times in the interim and my faith in them is somewhat lacking. I've never seen the same doctor twice, and finally an athsma nurse decised I have athsma, even though I get a good result on the 'puff test' and am otherwise fit (I did the 100 mile ride london bike ride in aid of BLF in only 6 1/2 hours).
I tried the blue inhaler, the brown inhaler and the pink inhaler. The inhalers felt good, particularly the pink, but made diddly squat difference to the phlegmy cough. I don't think I have athsma - chest is never tight, no difficulty breathing, just phlegm phlegm phlegm. Also, because I swallow it all, it has an unpleasant effect on my stool too. Gross.
Through my own research I've deduced that I probably have some variation of bronchioecstasis/COPD/PAP : they're all slightly different I gather but common theme being clogged alveolae due to phlegm too sticky.
I've read that the best thing for this is a mucoregulator, and that one of the best ones is carbocisteine, or mucodyne being the brand name.
I've since been to the doctor to request a prescription for this and she didn't want to know, made up some excuse about not having my medical records from the previous surgery I was registered at, and that I could have an athsma attack at any time and that's probably why I was coughing. Useless.
So, regardless I still think that Mucodyne could really help my quality of life, lord knows everyone in my office is fed up with my hacking and trying to clear my throat every five minutes - but you can't get it without a prescription.
I even tried a dodgy russian website that was selling it without prescription but I balked and cancelled my credit card after placing the order when things didn't add up. (This was 'United Pharmacy LCC')
I've also seen that treated.com has an online diagnosis feature where I could request this, has anyone used this? I've tried lloyds pharmacy and they won't talk to you.
Bottom line is, I really think I could benefit from Mucodyne but don't trust my doctor to give me a correct diagnosis that would lead them to prescribe this - I've just been pigeon-holed as a wheezing asthmatic, despite having none of the symptoms and that none of the inhalers make a damn bit of difference to the mucus.
Should I go back to my doctor and try again? Or does anyone know of a reliable source that avoids the spanish inquisition?
Is there a way to get carbocisteine over the counter at all?
Many thanks in advance for any advice, am at my wits end, fed up of *ahem* clearing my throat constantly, everyone thinks I'm trying to get their attention all the time...!!