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I have had an irritating but dry cough for some weeks. Two doctors have prescribed Puffers for me, suggesting I have asthma. It has not sorted the problem, which had now esca;lted to an ncontrollabble spasm of coughing mwhen I talk, laugh, eat or drink, and particularly when I lie down at night.

Doctor's Assistant: How long have you been dealing with the cough? Are you having any other symptoms?

Now feeling very tired. This cough shakes my whole body. No other symptoms.

Doctor's Assistant: Anything else in your medical history you think the doctor should know?

Not really, Very healthy and fit until this. though I have had the usual small complaints. My own doctor is away, and I am concerned because it is Easter, and I M NOT SURE WHO OR WHERE TO TURN TO.

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Doctor: Dr. Greg, Board Certified MD replied 3 months ago
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Doctor: Dr. Greg, Board Certified MD replied 3 months ago

I'm sorry to hear that you are not feeling well. For starters, the most common causes of a prolonged cough include:

1) Post nasal drip syndrome - dripping of mucus from the sinuses to the back of the throat, which can cause a cough, sore throat, and or hoarseness of the voice. Sometimes, it can cause shortness of breath, if severe. Most people with this condition will have symptoms that worsen when they lay flat in bed.

2) Asthma (or reactive airway disease) - these conditions result in wheezing and shortness of breath + or - cough. Asthma can occur any time during the year, but reactive airway disease usually only occurs when a patient is sick with a cold, bronchitis, or pneumonia. Inhalers, and sometimes steroids, are required to treat this problem.

3) Acid reflux from the stomach - a person may not feel the heartburn, but can have acid reflux that stimulates the cough reflex. This can be somewhat difficult to diagnose, but is usually resolved with antacids.

Were you told that you had wheezing in your chest when the doctor listened to your lungs?

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