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On March 12, I caught a cold from my little brother and had it for about two days. After that, the typical symptoms of the cold itself (headache, fever, nausea, etc.) went away, but the dry cough still remained. Thinking that it was just part of the infection that still remained, I decided to take Robitussin to release all the mucus that was in my chest. However, after about a week of taking it, there was no change whatsoever. In addition to the barking, dry, nonproductive cough, I also have a terrible shortness of breath that affects me the whole day, even when I try to sleep. So after I took the Robitussin and saw that it didn't work, I decided to go to the doctor to see what was wrong. The doctor gave me an oxygen and the oxygen level was perfectly fine. She checked my lungs and said they sounded clear. She then told me that maybe I just thought I wasn't getting enough air when actually I was, and prescribed me amoxicillin. Again, after two weeks of taking it, there was absolutely no change in the symptoms. So after that visit, I decided to wait a little bit to see if maybe by trying to get my mind off it the symptoms would be alleviated a bit. However, they never got better so I decided to see the doctor a second time. This time, the doctor checked my lungs both with the stethoscope and a chest x-ray and gave me a blood count. All of them proved to be fine and he was even able to rule out pneumonia. Thinking it might have been residual asthma from when I was little, (I used to get the croup often when I was younger) he gave me a Proventil albuterol inhaler to use for about a week and then he would call to see how I was. After about 4 days of using it, the results proved to be fruitless once again. The doctor told me that the inhaler was not working because it was supposed to provide almost immediately. I went to the doctor again for the third time and this time he thought it could be caused by allergies. He gave me a list allergens that could be causing my symptoms and ways to diminish them as much as possible. He also gave me Clarinex to take for two weeks but that didn't work either. However, a little after taking the Clarinex, the symptoms seemed to subside a bit probably because it's summer vacation and I was somewhat able to take my mind off them. Now, something that I find odd is the fact that my symptoms tend to get worse whenever I go to my dad's house. Not long ago, I found out that the air vents in his house had over two inches of mold and the guy that repaired the AC said that that's what could be causing my symptoms. After that, my dad got the air cleaned and installed an ion light. I haven't been there since, so I won't know how I feel until I go there again. When I went back to my house however, the symptoms still remained with the severity of when I had them at my dad's house. Ever since, I struggle to get a full breath of air, I still have the same barking dry cough, and my nose is always very congested. I have tried other online health forums to get answers and the only thing I have gotten is advertising. I don't know when I will have my next doctor's appointment so any help as to what I should do for right now and what this problem might be is greatly appreciated. Just to recap, my symptoms are:
- Constant, barking dry cough ( I don't really get the feeling to cough, I just cough because I feel that's there's a lot of congestion in my chest and I have the urge to cough it out, but it never does.)
- Constant nose congestion
- Chest tightness and trouble breathing, I feel like I have to yawn or move in a certain position to get a full breath and it gets worse when I'm in an inclined position or trying to sleep.
- Lots of trouble sleeping due to the constant shortness of breath.

Again, any help is highly appreciated. I am desperate for help and it is 2:30 in the morning right now and I haven't been able to sleep due to this. If anybody has any information as to what this is, what it is caused by, and what I can do in the meantime to suppress these symptoms before I go to the doctor's office again, please tell me, it is strongly appreciated. Thank you very much.
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replied August 2nd, 2009
I also forgot to mention, I used to get these symptoms a few times in the past but never with the severity that I have them now and they eventually went away in those times. Now, it's been almost 5 months since I have these symptoms and they still haven't gone away.
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replied October 20th, 2009
I have the same exact symptoms, so don't feel like you're alone in this. The good thing is that if it were something serious I'm guessing we wouldn't be able to do forum posts like this, and it just reaffirms that it's just a feeling we have. It feels serious, but it probably isn't. I've been reading about various anxiety disorders, and it seems like this could possibly be anxiety. Anxiety can cause several real physical symptoms such as the tightening of the chest muscles which makes the sufferer feel as though they have a lung problem.
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replied January 20th, 2010
I had similar symptoms and still have it but reduced in strength and frequency. After trying many things and doing lots of tests I have narrowed down to two simple reasons:
1. Lack of exercise - fix is just start doing fair bit of exercises especially for the chest, like dips etc. Deep diaphragmatic breathing twice a day for 5 minutes also helps.
2. The root cause, however, seems to be nasal dryness, sinus irritation resulting in effortful chest breathing.

Nothing serious at all, do good exercise and make sure your home is not overheated - try a warm humidifier.
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replied March 2nd, 2011
Cough Troubles
Hi,
I have the same symptoms. I had this once before about a year ago and it lasted about 7 months. Now it's back and it's worse! I've been to the Dr. three times already. It's just not a normal cough and I feel like I'm suffocating in my own lungs, but they can't find any "serious" reason to pin it on. My lungs are clear, no fever ever, and I've even been to an ENT who checked me for a bunch of things. This time my symptoms are a harsh dry cough (barely two minutes goes by between each cough, that's ALOT of coughing!), feeling of heavy congestion in my chest that triggers my cough, very itchy throat, drippy nose, and a prickly feeling where my tonsils used to be. So far, this time, I've taken three bottles of different cough meds (none of which last very long), two rounds of antibiotics, nasal spray, sudafed, enough cough drops to last a lifetime, and an inhaler! And nothing helps. I see my doc again in two days and I'm going to ask to see the ENT again (since he specializes in throats), a pulmonary specialist, and an allergist. So far the best diagnosis is post nasal drip that is irritating my throat, voice box, and lungs. I'm not convinced...
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replied May 31st, 2011
i am having the same problem , the only difference is that i couldn't tell at the beginning if they were dry or too humid , however its not only my lungs but my throat feels tight too and my nose is congested all the time so i need a spray 2 -3 times a day to clear it , i cough even though i don't need to and its dry and does not clear my breathing , i also have a history of anxiety and anxiety attacks i do no exercise at all and just sit behind the comp recently and my environment is very dusty that even gets dusty again after 1-2 days of cleaning it , i have a sharp pain in my chest lungs area like a needle fain from time to time and because i used to smoke all kind of thoughts come to my head like having a lungs cancer am also very paranoid when it comes to my health Razz , so come to think of it i really have enough simple reasons other than cancer that could be causing this i never go to a doctor and i think i will try to fix this with exercise and general health care , i decided to share anyways because reading similar situations helped me calm down and get it all together hope this will help others to define their problems too , cheers everyone and get well Wink
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replied June 5th, 2011
asthma, cough, respiratory issues, stuffy nose,
I really feel for you, and anybody who is experiencing this viscous cycle of continuing to get prescriptions for drugs to treat respiratory issues. I have been there. These drugs at best, put a bandaid on the problem instead of providing a cure, often respiratory drugs can further complicate matters and the side effects are equally if not more taxing to the body. First off, anybody with history of respiratory issues should be taking garlic supplements to both treat and prevent breathing problems that stem from mucus buildup/congestion. momkandy.com. I have found the Kyolic brand odorless blends to be potent, and as odorless as they come. I have had the most expedient results from formula 106 "Heart Healthy blend, more so than the cardiovascular blend. Start by doing some research on the benefits of garlic. It is often the most simple natural products that heal and prevent, efficiently. When asthma/cough/sorethroat/bronchitis stems from inflammation I have found blackseed oil (black cumin) to begin to wipe it out on contact. A suggested dosage is a table spoon of liquid washed down with some juice. It coats and heals remarkably fast and feels soothing. Inflammation is common during allergy season, the body has to adjust to the season change in addition to environmental pollutants. Also emulsified codliver oil is absolutely fantastic for cardio health. Momkandy.com. I like flavoured blends by twinlab because they taste good. The testimonial is that I give it to my kids, age 10,9 &7. I give them these beneficial oils in place of products like robetussin or mucinex, with quick results. Over the counter cough and cold meds have always worsened symptoms. Apple cider vinegar and vitamin c are also great for throat/ esophagal, respiratory health. My son and I have had our worst bouts with asthma in the spring and fall, but we do not have to take drugs. One big problem with albuterol and most asthma drugs is that they leave you jittery making it hard to sleep restfully. When you can't sleep restfully it's harder to heal. Upon reading this post my first question was whether or not you have considered that you may have allergies to wheat gluten and lactose? momkandy.com. Cutting out or gradually phasing out of eating foods that are hard to digest/break down, like wheat gluten, nuts and milk or cheese from cow are 9 times out of ten a huge factor in improving cardio functioning. Sounds like you need to be able to drain your system of mucus (blow your nose) Allergy to gluten and lactose causes the mucus to thicken and stay lodged inside you and become increasingly toxic. Also find a good colon cleanse and detox that way for 48 hrs or so. this is to say, find natural and safe products that will loosen your bowels even give you slight diarrea to dispell some of the blockage. I like one called supercleanse by nature's secret. I give it to my kids and my elderly father all of whom benefit without the risk of depletion. This particular brand contains probiotics to replenish and keep the body's flora undisturbed when flushing it. Which reminds me that taking a daily probiotic supplement is crucial not only to strengthen defenses but to improve digestion which is by and large the cause of blockage in the body. (inability to properly process environmental toxins, inhaled toxins and food toxins. I hope this helps helps, good luck, wish I had read your post sooner. ps, I use x-clear xylitol nose drops to clear sinus and stuffy nose as well as nasoGel Dry noses by DrMehta available @ ritaid. All of these natural approaches should make a cough productive, lead to a lot of nose blowing and elimination and leave you in much better shape god willing.
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replied June 6th, 2011
shame on you momkandy !
@momkandy stop using others people health problems as your way to advertise yourself and your websites , people like you are really disgusting !!! you and people alike should be banned from all World Wide Web FOR LIFE ! i hope they hack all of your websites that you mentioned ...and remember Karma will turn back on you eventually , i ask the administrators to bann momkandy once and for good !
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replied June 6th, 2011
asthma, cough, respiratory issues, stuffy nose
I would like to offer this community my genuine apologies. I am new at this and did not realize that website promotion was inappropriate here. I already cleared up the mistake with admin, and it will not happen again. I am a believer in God and Karma and I know that my honest intention to start a career offering sound advice to people who are unaware of these philosophies will attract blessings rather than bad karma. Again I truly apologize to have offended you or anybody else. Peace.
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replied March 15th, 2012
Naturally rid yourself of that nagging congestion
The only way to loosen up the congestion is to drink at lest a gallon or more of water until you feel your cough loosen up .. for me it took a couple of days of drinking nothing but fresh fruit juice and about a gallon and half of water .., you will stay in bathroom But you are also flushing it out of you ... Make sure you are resting and eliminate all sugar , use raw honey if you want to sweeten anything, also try juicing raw ginger add it to your water with the raw honey .. Ginger will also help get rid of the congestion .. Hope this helps, worked for me!
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