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gingermusic
gingermusic
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Suffered from COPD for the past 28 years and obviously I can tell over that time that things are getting worse. For the past few months now I have had a persistent cough which is productive but is not according to my pulmonary nurse an infection as he says my lungs are clear. All I know is I feel really unwell extremely tired and not myself at all. Does anybody have the same problem? If so how have you managed it and is there anything I can take to make life easier?

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2greys

It is possible to have an inflammation of the airways without any infection. I have only just finished a course of Prednisolone for that very reason, with no antibiotics needed.

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gingermusic
gingermusic
in reply to 2greys

My pulmonary nurse gave no indication of taking anything just looked at me as if to say its normal get on with it which was no help to me at all.

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Darceydoo

I’d try your GP, nurse isn’t a trained Dr after all!

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gingermusic

I think a GP appointment may well be the best thing and I think that will be my next step thank you for replying

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Darceydoo

Hope you get sorted 👍🏼

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Darceydoo

Hope you get sorted 👍🏼

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Apeter7874

I’ve had a constant cough for quite some time. Went to my. Gp a month ago and told my heart and lungs sounded fine. Well...I finally got tired of the coughing and shortness of breath so I took a zpak the hubby had left over. Took two pills on the first day and was better within 24 hrs. Took the final dose today and the cough is completely gone. I don’t recommend self treating...however, I knew I didn’t feel right!

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2greys
2greys
in reply to gingermusic

That is not helpful at all. If the cough has not been a normal part of your symptoms in the past (a new development) then something different is going on. I would make an appointment to see your doctor, to at least discuss it.

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gingermusic
gingermusic
in reply to 2greys

Yes I think I shall do that thank you for the replies

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Hidden
Hidden
in reply to gingermusic

Pfffff not very helpful

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Hidden
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@2greys is right about pred and steroids, also I think my Salbutamol nebs help a lot, it certainly opens your bronchi which would help you cough out that mucus. Look at the huffing technique on youtube if you haven’t practise respiratory exercises before.

Then I would go to the GP and ask for full blood work to see what is going on..

Take care x

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Hazejames

Hi gingermusic, I'm on all the meds I can be on for emphysema and heart failure. I've been coughing persistently especially at night for the past 6 months. My gp says he can't give me anything to suppress the cough because the mucus needs to come up. They say I don't have infection but I'm worn out with coughing. Seeing a specialist in October, hoping there's something can be done. I'll update you. X

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gingermusic

Thank you that would be most useful in the meantime I shall try for a doctors appointment

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Darceydoo
Darceydoo
in reply to Hazejames

I’ve been coughing for 3 yrs on/off mucus lots of it!Sputum test came back IH I B and mild COPD I’m also asthmatic have been for 50yrs. CT scans by Lung Specialist ENT also .Have you had any allergy testing done?

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gingermusic

No no allergy testing done might be a good idea thank you

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RedSox
RedSox
in reply to Darceydoo

Hello may I ask what is ENT ?

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gingermusic
gingermusic
in reply to RedSox

I would imagine it is ears nose and throat

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Darceydoo
Darceydoo
in reply to RedSox

It’s Ears Nose n Throat.

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RedSox

Wow 28 years of managing COPD May I ask how old you were when first diagnosed?

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gingermusic

I was just 40 years old and am now 68 years of age. Cannot do very much for myself these days though I have not given up by any means, I do my own washing and ironing and can wipe up the dishes ok. Do not cook due to being on oxygen now 24/7. Heavy things like cleaning windows and hoovering my other half does for me but we try to get out walking a couple of times a week at least, and for relaxation I sit and decorate rocks then we go and hide them for local children to find which is great fun. I also do what I can for my 92 yr old mother who has dementia and cancer and wish I could do a lot more but just can't.

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RedSox
RedSox
in reply to gingermusic

God bless you !

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Darceydoo

👍🏼🖐😊

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Pippers
Pippers
in reply to gingermusic

Way to go, gingermusic... good luck to you.

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