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I am a 28 year old petite woman. I have had a nasty cough for the past 4 days. The first night I coughed so bad that I couldn't even sleep well throughout the night. I have been drinking a lot of green tea with honey and lemon. I smoke about twice a day and noticed that it wasn't getting any better obviously because of the smoke. yesterday I smoked and then about 20 minutes later I coughed so bad I fell to my knees and my chest and back were soar from it. I have smoked marijuana for about 3 years and have slowed down a lot but this is a wake up call for me to stop. When I cough sometimes the phlegm is yellow and sometimes it is clear. I am scared I could have lung cancer because I don't have any other cold or flu symptoms. Is it normal to sometimes just have a cough without being flu sick? Could it be Bronchitis? I notice it's worse at night. I bought some mucinex and it's starting to help a little. I also have acid reflux disease but I don't know if that matters. Please advise

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replied November 9th, 2009
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You would like to know whether you have a cancer or other medical condition such as Bronchitis.

Cancer appears after smoking cigarettes for quite a long time such as ten, fifteen or twenty years. Cancer also depends on the number of the cigarettes somebody smokes per day, from ten to twenty and more cigarettes per day.

Bronchitis is an infection of the mucous membrane in the airways or bronchial tubes of the lungs, resulting from infection or irritation and causing breathing problems and severe coughing. Bronchitis can also appear in certain conditions such as acid reflux because the acid can cause irritation if breathed in while sleeping.

According to the data that you provided, coughing is likely caused by bronchitis caused by the acid reflux. You may see your doctor to confirm or rule out bronchitis. You may also consider seeing a gastroenterologist to find out more about the treatment of acid reflux. You may see a pulmonologist to rule out lung cancer. You may consider having a biopsy from the lung tissue.

Please keep in mind that I am trying to provide you with medical information here. I am not able to give you medical advice online. Please contact your doctor or a qualified healthcare provider such as a pulmonologist and gastroenterologist to learn more about diagnosis and treatment options.

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