British Lung Foundation

Phlegm

I have had this cough that's going around since last October though the coughing has slowed up a bit now over time the wheezing and crackling on my chest hasn't it's driving me nuts...!! I have been and still bringing up phlegm its white and thick now.... and I am breathless all the time...... had blue ventolin and fostair pink... useless had the one where u out a capsule in useless had the test where u blow in the machine forget the name.. but they keep saying at my surgery we are not sure if it's COPD..? Cos it's hard to tell with the results.. please tell me is there any other test for lungs that I can insist on.. it's effecting my life now I can't cope with this another 4 months...😢😢😢

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I can understand your frustration, Dee. I think you need to go back to your GP, and ask to have your present treatment reviewed. Possibly a referral to your consultant. Do you have a rescue pack of antibiotics? You do sound depressed so you need to make a strong point with your GP. Akl the best.

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Hi and thank you I am getting depressed your right I spent Xmas new year and my birthday 18th Dec at home cos I was not well enough to go anywhere and as I live alone it was no fun....:( I have had so many courses of antibiotics and steroids since last oct u can imagine ... they help for a week or so then the wheezing is back 😡 I just wondered if there was anyone out there that has or had this and any other tests apart from the sputum and the machine tests that I have had..?

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Hi Dee. I've had it for 5 weeks and my GP sent me for a chest x-ray on Monday.

I would ask your doctor to refer you to a consultant so that you can get a proper diagnosis.

Good luck, and hope you're feeling better soon. Let us know how you get on. XXX

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I will and thank you xx

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Are you a smoker?

Sounds like your cough is getting better, drink plenty of fluids & ask Gp for carbocisteine to help thin mucous. White appears no infection, then the lungs do a wash out process - white and thick white & then thin White/clear & foamy and ... then less, then gone, with a bit of luck - takes a couple of weeks for me, sometimes longer and maybe longer still for some.

Best wishes.

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No not a smoker and thank u am back at doctors Tommorow will ask ...😀

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Morning Dee, you have had some great replies and I am glad you are going back to your GP. Good luck to you. Xxxxxx

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Thank you Hun x

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Hi Dee. I seem to have a permanent cough, sometimes worse than others. Phlegm does change colour and I find taking 1 Carbosistine daily helps me to clear my chest. I hope you feel better soon. Take care. Wendy.

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Thank you Wendy I have now being referred to a hospital at long last 😀

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