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Asthma, Bronchitis, What Else Could It Be?

For about 2 months, I have had chest tightness, phlegm production, localized chest pain, and chronic cough. I first went to my primary care physician, and he first recommended claratin and prilosec, thinking it might be allergy or GERD related. After 2 weeks with no success, he performed a breathing test and though the results were normal, he perscribed albuterol. For the first week, albuterol definitely curbed the cough, but the phlegm and chest pain still continued. I had a chest x-ray two months ago, and that came back completely negative.

He referred me to a specialist. I went through a barrage of breathing tests, and he put me on a trial of advair. For the first week, it worked like a charm. Unfortunately, during the past few days the symptoms are back. Most of all, I have localized chest pain on my right side ONLY. The localized chest pain on the right side seems to occur when I have a deep breath or when I strech/move a certain way.

Does anyone have any idea what it could be?

Any advice?
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replied October 6th, 2007
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What was the specialists' diagnosis?
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replied October 8th, 2007
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The Specialists' Diagnosis was asthma and to try Advair and that it would more than likely relieve the cough. For my first 25 years on this earth, I have never had any hint of asthma
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replied October 9th, 2007
I feel your pain.... For the past 3 months I've had chest tightness. Breathing tests & blood tests came up normal. Chest Xray - normal. EKG and all heart related functions....normal.

I've been diagnosed with allergy related asthma.

I was given a rescue inhalter that didn't do much at all. I was given Advair for 2.5 months. The Advair helped immediately with the chest tightness but made other symptoms worsen and the original symptoms (tightness/burning)came back.

I'm currently on Singulair which has helped in many ways.... its' only been a week or so - hard to tell if this is a long term benefit. Some days I feel really good while other days ..not so good.

I honestly have NO idea what sudden allergy I have and/or what I'm eating or exposed to that I haven't been exposed to in the past 20 years. Unless my body has decided to go nutso on me.... I do have a history of lots of allergies and a couple weird one-time episodes - but this whole chest tightness thing is totally new to me. I see the doc on Oct 18th for a follow up ..
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replied October 10th, 2007
one of my elder sisters had the problem of bronchitis. it is an inflammation of the mucous membranes of the bronchial tubes, causing a persistent cough that produces considerable quantities of sputum. Bronchitis is an inflammation of the bronchi (lung airways), resulting in persistent cough that produces consideration quantities of sputum (phlegm). Bronchitis is more common in smokers and in areas with high atmospheric pollution.
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