I apologize if this is not the right forum. Starting approximately two months ago I developed a crackling sound during breathing. The sound is not noticeable when I am upright. It is most pronounced when I am laying down on my right side, much less noticeable when I am on my back, and practically non-existent when I lay on my stomach. If I breath in deeply or quickly the sound is not noticeable. It is only during normal or shallow breathing. At the end of the exhale I can also hear a wheeze or whistling sound. Also the crackling feels as though it is coming from somewhere between my throat and my lungs. There is also a bubbling sensation associated with the sound that feels like it is coming from below my throat somewhere.
I saw my doctor and he checked my lungs and they sounded clear to him. As a precaution he proscribed a 5 day course of antibiotics and also a nasal form of allergy medicine. Neither helped. I finished the AB's and gave the nasal spray a month before I scheduled a follow-up appointment. I described the same thing to him as above. He listened to my chest again, it sounded clear again. To allay my concerns he had me do a chest xray which also came up clear.
I am still hearing the crackling sound when I breathe as I lay down. It gets loud enough that it can wake me up. I feel good otherwise. No shortness of breath and I can breathe in very deeply. I do have a history of pneumonia and bronchitis. I have not had pneumonia for many years (over 30). I get bronchitis just about every time I get a cold or flu.
I am having the exact same symptoms. I have had a cold that turned into bronchitis and a sinus infection just this week. My lungs are clear to the Dr. I have a continuous cough though and the crackle comes usually after a serious coughing episode. I do have asthma. My inhaler and cough medicines together usually quell the crackles but not always. As I write this, lying down on my back propped slightly, I hear it quite well. My thought was that it sounds like you have a pump bottle of liquid soap that is almost empty. If you continue to pump the handle or mix the soap with a little water and get bubbles or air in the line up the tube, it sound like this. Bizarre analogy, but I feel like that's what is happening in my lungs- small amount of liquid forming air bubbles...
I can tell this sound comes from my throat. Just near my collarbone somewhere. I have a consult with an ENT. I don't want to go yet as I'm still just getting over the flu. I don't want any other symptoms present when I see the ENT otherwise he'll just chalk it up to the flu. This has been happening since long before I caught the flu.
I'll post back what his findings are. I have seen so many people report these symptoms but no answers on what the cause was.
I have exactly the same symptoms and couldn't describe them any better than the previous postings. This has been noticeable for the past two months or more and at first I put it down to a mild chest infection, but had no illness to connect it to.
Finally I visited my GP yesterday, feeling slightly silly describing "bubbles", "crackling" and "popping" noises! When sitting up she could hear nothing (neither can I), but as soon as I laid down on the bed, she heard the crackling distinctively without the use of the stethoscope. She listened to my lungs and URT and identified exactly what I was conscious of - that the crackling is more obvious on my left side compared to the right.
She has prescribed a week of AB's (to eliminate any chance of a residual infection) then I see her in one week's time and if no improvement then I will have a chest x-ray. She did question me about smoking, which I gave up entirely 25 years ago - I am 62.
I met with the ENT. He stuck mirrors in my throat and looked down to see if he could spot anything. Everything looks fine. He could see all the way past my vocal cords into the upper bronchial area and saw nothing out of the ordinary. Of course he didn't see the point in my laying down when he did this and refused to take a look! I'm going to go back to my doc for take two I guess.
It's been interesting reading about this issue in different forums. I am 52 and have had this "crackling" issue in my throat every night when I lay down for about 2 years now. It will also, occasionally, appear when in a slouched position (e.g., kicked back on the couch). I am in good health, do not smoke (never have), not overweight, do not have allergies or any chronic issues. I do, however, have GERD, which my doctor believes is a contributing factor. My experience to date is that it is definitely an annoyance, but not a major concern.
yes this is asthma, and the same symptoms had to my father and my father always used to be warm then on. I suggest to go for yoga daily mainly pranayam and mahapranayam. my father did this for nearly 9-10 yrs and still contuining. he is now free from the sounds and sleeps fine at night. this is the only best remedy. my boss tried every thing tablets and a fish they drop in ur mouth alive. many things. consult for a yoga kendra.
OMG!!! I was beginning to think I was a freak... I have the same exact symptoms... I am losing my mind because I can't sleep without the noise becoming worse. My husband has had to leave the room at night because he can't take the noise. He says it sounds like an alien is living inside me...what..doctors plz help us!!!!