SOB and coughing

I have had a bad cough for nearly five months and I want to get better please.

I am fed up of coughing, having a blocked or sniffly nose and being sick.

I have been to my GP surgery four times and I am not much better. I am struggling to walk more than 10 minutes and feel like Darth Vader with his breathing.

I have had antibiotics twice and an inhaler and lots of OTC medication. My chest x-ray has come back satisfactory but says that I have a possible hiatus hernia but I am taking Omeprazole for this.

It is difficult for me to do normal day to day things and I would rather Die than go through this again. It is causing me too much stress.

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I cannot understand your GP leaving you like this, after 5 months of coughing, please go back to see him/her and INSIST that you are referred to the Respiratory Clinic at your local hospital, you will probably need a CT Scan, X rays don't tell the whole story, the CT Scan is nothing to worry about.

If you smoke then take this as a warning and quit. Drink plenty of water and make sure you eat a healthy diet and have a healthy weight. If you are losing weight then eat a little and often. I hope you can get the help that you need.

Hello thanks for the advice. I don't smoke and I eat healthily. I have tried to lose weight but nothing works for me. I do exercise but cannot at the moment as I cannot walk more than two minutes without getting out of breath. I feel like I am 83 not 53 years old

Don't give up hope, I have Severe COPD, 66 years old and feel like 46. I was in the same state as you are now, 11 months ago. Getting to see a chest specialist is the best way to go. GP's are "jack of all trades and master of none" in the medicine world.

I could understand if i smoke but i do try to keep healthy but it seems not to work for me. What helps your symptoms please

All I have done is to take my prescribed meds religiously on time, and then it has been a committed, rigorous exercise regime. Sorry I can't be more helpful than that, you will have to get an accurate diagnosis via a consultant, who will tell your GP the course of treatment suitable for whatever condition you have. Your symptoms could be caused by a variety of reasons.

My advice remains the same, don't "dilly dally", see your GP and INSIST on a referral to a Respiratory Clinic your cough is way overdue for investigation.

I don't want to frighten you, early diagnosis can make a big difference in the outcome of treatment. I wish I had sought treatment for my cough but it is too late for me, I am stuck with the severe stage of COPD now because I left it too late. Don't repeat my mistake. Make a doctor's appointment TODAY.

Being short of breath is classed as being an emergency by the NHS so if your symptoms get worse before you have seen a consultant then call 999 for an ambulance straight away.

Not clear if your sniffly nose is cold related but have heard it can be indication of acid reflux.

Have IPF (and a hernia) and had a lot of coughing and runny nose. Omeprazole once a day did little but went onto omeprazole twice a day and eventually ranitidine at night as well and cough and runny nose went away. Also did a lot of other things related to hernia/reflux e.g. raised head of bed, took Gaviscon/alginate, smaller meals, nothing after 7pm even left side sleeping and cutting out spicy food.

No idea which, if any, of things I took/did helped cough but quite a few other folk say treating GERD can help with cough and (in non-IPF cases) can also help with SOB. If you have a hernia an operation may be best way forward but thats a big decision to make.

I agree with 2greys -you need to go back to your GP and insist you are referred to a consultant/respiratory clinic at your local hospital. You should not be suffering like this - hope you feel better soon x

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