Medical

Have Medical Questions? Ask a Doctor Online!

Ask a Doctor,
Get an Answer ASAP!

Medical

Tired all of the time. Persistent cough. Unproductive for

Customer Question
about a month and a...
Tired all of the time. Persistent cough. Unproductive for about a month and a half. Still coughing. Now brings out white/light green gunk. Muscles sore.
Submitted: 1 year ago.Category: Medical
Show More
Show Less
Ask Your Own Medical Question
Answered in 13 minutes by:
3/16/2016
Doctor: Dr. D. Love, Doctor replied 1 year ago
Dr. D. Love
Dr. D. Love, Doctor
Category: Medical
Satisfied Customers: 18,905
Experience: Family Physician for 10 years; Hospital Medical Director for 10 years.
Verified

Hello from JustAnswer.

There are several considerations when there is a persistent cough with no evidence of infection or a failure to respond to antibiotics. It can be related to non-infectious inflammation of the airways, which is most often due to allergies or irritation by a substance inhaled into the airways. The most common inhaled irritant is, of course, cigarette smoke, but most people that smoke and develop a chronic cough are not seeking an explanation for the chronic cough, so it is more likely that you do not smoke. Another common problem is acid reflux, because small droplets of stomach acid can be very irritating to the airways. Many people with acid reflux will also have heartburn, but since irritation of the airways can happen with small amounts of stomach acid, some people will develop a cough without any heartburn.

The tiredness is non-specific, because it can occur with any condition that causes chronic cough or irritation of the airways. The muscle soreness is also non-specific, because chronic cough will cause stress on the muscles involved in coughing, regardless of the underlying cause.

Although there are some tests that can be done for allergies and acid reflux, another approach would be a trial of medicine oriented towards relief of each type of problem to see whether the symptoms improve. An over the counter oral antihistamine may help to ease allergy inflammation. Similarly, there are over the counter medicines that suppress stomach acid, such as ranitidine and omeprazole, that may help acid reflux. If you try both at the same time and improve, then you will not know which made the difference, so it is better to try one treatment at a time.

If I can provide any additional information, please let me know.

Ask Your Own Medical Question
Customer reply replied 1 year ago
Anything to suggest pneumonia?
Doctor: Dr. D. Love, Doctor replied 1 year ago

The chest x-ray would typically have detected pneumonia that would have been present at that point in time.

The production of sputum is slightly worrisome, but if you are not having shortness of breath or systemic signs of infection, such as fever or shaking chills, it is unlikely that there is a pneumonia.

Ask Your Own Medical Question
Customer reply replied 1 year ago
Thank you
Doctor: Dr. D. Love, Doctor replied 1 year ago

You are most welcome.

Ask Your Own Medical Question
Ask Dr. D. Love Your Own Question
Dr. D. Love
Dr. D. Love
Dr. D. Love, Doctor
Category: Medical
Satisfied Customers: 18,905
18,905 Satisfied Customers
Experience: Family Physician for 10 years; Hospital Medical Director for 10 years.

Dr. D. Love is online now

A new question is answered every 9 seconds

How JustAnswer works:

  • Ask an ExpertExperts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional AnswerVia email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site. Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction GuaranteeRate the answer you receive.

JustAnswer in the News:

Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.

What Customers are Saying:

I feel so much better today, and upon further investigation believe that there is a chance that the responses I got saved me from a serious, even life threatening situation. I am very grateful to the experts who answered me.

Susan O.USA

I can go as far as to say it could have resulted in saving my sons life and our entire family now knows what bipolar is and how to assist and understand my most wonderful son, brother and friend to all who loves him dearly. Thank you very much

Corrie MollPretoria, South Africa

I thank-you so much! It really helped to have this information and confirmation. We will watch her carefully and get her in for the examination and US right away if things do not improve. God bless you as well!

ClaudiaAlbuquerque, NM

Outstanding response time less than 6 minutes. Answered the question professionally and with a great deal of compassion.

KevinBeaverton, OR

Suggested diagnosis was what I hoped and will take this info to my doctor's appointment next week.
I feel better already! Thank you.

ElanorTracy, CA

Thank you to the Physician who answered my question today. The answer was far more informative than what I got from the Physicians I saw in person for my problem.

JulieLockesburg, AR

You have been more help than you know. I seriously don't know what my sisters situation would be today if you had not gone above and beyond just answering my questions.

John and StefanieTucson, AZ

< Previous | Next >

Meet the Experts:

Family Physician

Family Physician

Doctor

2,592 satisfied customers

Emergency Medicine and Family Practice for over 26 years

Dr. Ketch

Dr. Ketch

Board Certified Physician

76 satisfied customers

Medical Degree, Former Assistant Professor at School of Medicine at Yale University

DrRussMD

DrRussMD

Board Certified Physician

51,160 satisfied customers

Internal Medicine--practice all of internal medicine, all ages, family, health, prevention, complementary medicine, etc.

Dr Basu

Dr Basu

Experienced Specialist

20,734 satisfied customers

MD

Dr. David

Dr. David

Board Certified Physician

224 satisfied customers

Treat children/young adults, former chief resident, multiple publications

Dr. D. Love

Dr. D. Love

Doctor

18,905 satisfied customers

Family Physician for 10 years; Hospital Medical Director for 10 years.

Dr Chip (M.D.)

Dr Chip (M.D.)

Doctor

13,486 satisfied customers

20 yrs. in practice, includinge surgery, general medicine, addiction medicine and pain.

< Previous | Next >

Related Medical Questions
I had the pneumonia vaccine this morning and i've been
I had the pneumonia vaccine this morning and i've been feeling dizzy afterwards - also my blood pressure is 154 - usually 135 - what should i do… read more
Dr Uzair
Dr Uzair
FCPS (R) General Surgery
M.B.,B.S. FCPS
3,661 satisfied customers
I had a pneumonia shot today and my arm is really sore and
I had a pneumonia shot today and my arm is really sore and it hurts. The same thing happened with my flu shot. Is this unusual?… read more
Dr Chip (M.D.)
Dr Chip (M.D.)
Doctor
M.D.
13,486 satisfied customers
I was recently given a treatment for atypical pneumonia,
Hi, I was recently given a treatment for atypical pneumonia, prescribed Prenidsone (oral corticosteroid, 20mg - two pills per day) and Levoflaxocin (oral antibiotic, 500 mg - one pill per day). I have… read more
Dr Chip (M.D.)
Dr Chip (M.D.)
Doctor
M.D.
13,486 satisfied customers
My mom was incorrectly given Lamictal and now has pneumonia
My mom was incorrectly given Lamictal and now has pneumonia and a rash on her shins. She went into the hospital on Tuesday for h replacement. That surgery was successful but the rehab facility went of… read more
Dr Uzair
Dr Uzair
FCPS (R) General Surgery
M.B.,B.S. FCPS
3,661 satisfied customers
Six Weeks ago I was hospitalized with Bacterial Pneumonia. I
Six Weeks ago I was hospitalized with Bacterial Pneumonia. I was on large doses of steroid and antibiotics. My legs were swelling really badly while I was on the steroids. I was weened off the steroid… read more
Dr Chip (M.D.)
Dr Chip (M.D.)
Doctor
M.D.
13,486 satisfied customers
Can I take an antihistamine while on a med for depressionk
Can I take an antihistamine while on a med for depressionk Remoran … read more
Dr Josh
Dr Josh
Doctor
B.A.M.S.
5,950 satisfied customers
I think I have Pneumonia. I have had sever allergies for
I think I have Pneumonia. I have had sever allergies for over a month. Runny nose, cough, phlegm. Now I am running a low grade fever 100.5. … read more
Dr Chip (M.D.)
Dr Chip (M.D.)
Doctor
M.D.
13,486 satisfied customers
I was recently hospitalized with pneumonia. Since I was
I was recently hospitalized with pneumonia. Since I was released I have not been able to get my blood sugar down with my normal medications, about 5 days. I take metformin 500 e.r and a 5 unit sliding… read more
DrRussMD
DrRussMD
Board Certified Physician
51,160 satisfied customers
Will pneumonia vaccine and flu vaccine cause leukocytosis in
will pneumonia vaccine and flu vaccine cause leukocytosis in a 80 year old in 24 hours? … read more
Dr Chip (M.D.)
Dr Chip (M.D.)
Doctor
M.D.
13,486 satisfied customers
My ENT DR, gave me Ranitidine when I went in for a sinus
My ENT DR, gave me Ranitidine when I went in for a sinus infection, I did not read up on but kept on taking and he gave me a spray to spray for my nose just happened to look up Ranitidine and it says … read more
Dr. Muneeb Ali
Dr. Muneeb Ali
Senior Registrar Critical Care Medicine
Doctoral Degree
6,859 satisfied customers
I was diagnosed with pneumonia and antibiotics wrapped up
Hello! I was diagnosed with pneumonia and antibiotics wrapped up last Thursday. Yesterday I had a low grade fever and headache. I went back to the doctor and the xray indicated my lungs were clear. Sh… read more
Doctor John MD
Doctor John MD
Urgent Care and Sports Medicine Doctor
Doctoral Degree
535 satisfied customers
Dr Phil... i was wondering can ranitidin cause depression? I
Dr Phil... i was wondering can ranitidin cause depression? I am very sensitive to medication and 6 years ago i suffered 8 years of major depression... although ranitidin is help me with my Lpr i am fe… read more
Dr. David
Dr. David
Radiation Oncology Attending Director
Post-Doctoral Degree
13,046 satisfied customers
I have been diagnosed with pneumonia and a partially
Hi there... i have been diagnosed with pneumonia and a partially collapsed lung 2 weeks ago. The latest xray shows not much improvement so they called for a ct scan... im scared it is something worse … read more
Dr. Mo
Dr. Mo
Urgent Care
MD
1,263 satisfied customers
I am currently recovering from pneumonia, finished a 5-day
I am currently recovering from pneumonia, finished a 5-day z-pack on Tuesday, and last night I woke with severe pain in my belly button. The pain has since lessened, being only tender to the touch, an… read more
Dr.Saleem
Dr.Saleem
Consultant Cardiologist
Doctoral Degree
729 satisfied customers
With streptococcal pneumonia after CABG surgery. Little to
I am Diagnosed with streptococcal pneumonia after CABG surgery. Little to no coughing symptoms. Presented to GP yesterday who prescribed levofloxacillin. However, that drug is difficult to find so I h… read more
Dr. Arun Phophalia
Dr. Arun Phophalia
Consultant Surgeon and Sports Medicine
Post-Doctoral Degree
32,416 satisfied customers
I am currently taking ranitidine 150mg twice per day, no I
I am currently taking ranitidine 150mg twice per day … read more
Dr. Arun Phophalia
Dr. Arun Phophalia
Consultant Surgeon and Sports Medicine
Post-Doctoral Degree
32,416 satisfied customers
Have stomach gas, flatulence, burping. Using ranitidine and
Have stomach gas, flatulence, burping. Using ranitidine and low-aspirin, but have not subsided occasional pain and all. that. gas. … read more
Dr. David
Dr. David
Radiation Oncology Attending Director
Post-Doctoral Degree
13,046 satisfied customers
Natural antihistamines. About seven days ago I walked
Natural antihistamines. About seven days ago I walked through a field with tall grass and weeds. The skin on my face, arms, lower legs, and feet started to burn the next day. My doctor prescribed over… read more
Dr.Saleem
Dr.Saleem
Consultant Cardiologist
Doctoral Degree
729 satisfied customers
Disclaimer: Information in questions, answers, and other posts on this site ("Posts") comes from individual users, not JustAnswer; JustAnswer is not responsible for Posts. Posts are for general information, are not intended to substitute for informed professional advice (medical, legal, veterinary, financial, etc.), or to establish a professional-client relationship. The site and services are provided "as is" with no warranty or representations by JustAnswer regarding the qualifications of Experts. To see what credentials have been verified by a third-party service, please click on the "Verified" symbol in some Experts' profiles. JustAnswer is not intended or designed for EMERGENCY questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals.

Disclaimer: Information in questions, answers, and other posts on this site ("Posts") comes from individual users, not JustAnswer; JustAnswer is not responsible for Posts. Posts are for general information, are not intended to substitute for informed professional advice (medical, legal, veterinary, financial, etc.), or to establish a professional-client relationship. The site and services are provided "as is" with no warranty or representations by JustAnswer regarding the qualifications of Experts. To see what credentials have been verified by a third-party service, please click on the "Verified" symbol in some Experts' profiles. JustAnswer is not intended or designed for EMERGENCY questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals.

Show MoreShow Less

Ask Your Question

x