I am 61 and gave up smoking over 10 years ago.
I am a bit of a mess - Type 2 diabetes, Prinzmetals variant angina, sleep apnoea - I take a cocktail of pills daily and have to sleep (when I can, I suffer from insomnia as well!!) with a CPAP device.
My problem is that I have been very tired and felt generally unwell for the last 3 weeks and have developed a cough - not continuous but nagging and enough to disturb my sleep at night. The cough does sometimes produce phlegm (eg in the morning) but is largely dry. I haven't spat any out and looked so I cant describe it.
Today I went to my doctor and he said that my chest sounded clear but I am to return next Friday for a blood test and have to have a chest x-ray. At work today, a colleague remarked that when his father was diagnosed with lung cancer, the doctor listened to his chest with a stethoscope and said he also sounded clear but a tumour was shown up on an x-ray.
When I got home and logged on line I read that tumours do not result in any abnormal chest sounds to a doctor.
If this is correct, it has got me very worried indeed.
Are there any other complaints that sound clear through a stethoscope but result in the sort of cough described above. It is a week before my x-ray and I am scared beyond belief.