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I cant bring up what I am trying to cough up!

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I have had a cold - 1st one in 6 years. The nose is still producing ?? something that I swallow.

I have a bad, chesty cough, and when I cough I cant bring up what I am trying to cough up. The left lung (which, in the past has given me some sharp pains - dont know why) gets really sore when I am trying to cough up, what ever is down there.

I have consumed a bottle of cough mixture plus am taking suda-fed.

Yes, I am a smoker - dont get cross with me - 3 packets a day. I have smoked since I was around 14 years old, I am now 52.


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replied March 31st, 2011
Lungs and Respiratory Disorders Answer A21464
Hello, and thank you for your medical question on e Health Forum.

From the description it seems that your symptoms could be due to sinusitis and post nasal discharge.

The description of the chest pain could indicate a lung infection.

You might benefit from a physical examination as well as investigations including a chest Xray, A CT scan, a sputum test, blood tests etc for a proper diagnosis.

Smoking 3 packs a day is very high and can predispose you to develop Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, that can reduce your lung function even further. You might consider cutting it down or completely quitting it. Nicotine gum can be used to help you quit smoking.

Your symptoms might improve with treatment with medications like clarinex or Benadryl, AND, antibiotics to clear the infection.

You might consult a doctor for further evaluation and treatment of your symptoms.

I hope this helps.


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