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  1. #1 Had a cough for 1 1/2 years now, should I see the doc? 
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    I've had a cough for one and a half years now.

    A friend says I do it out of habit and should stop, but when I try holding back I cant.

    I have no pain in my lungs, I have no physical illnesses (That Im aware of) and feel perfectly fine. Im also a non-smoker.

    Is it possible that I have a cronic cough disease or something? Anyone experienced something like this?

    Will see the doc but just wondering if you guys know what it may be that can cause having a cough for this long.


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    In my case it was acid reflux and the continuous irritation that caused until it was diagnosed and I was put on my lifetime perscription to meds. There are a pretty large range of things that can cause chronic coughs. See a Doc.


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    My first thought was some chronic allergy or inflammation. Clearly not pollens because you don't mention any seasonal effects. But there are lots of irritants and allergens all over the place.

    A doc should know where to start.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lynx_Fox View Post
    In my case it was acid reflux
    That was the first thing that occurred to me as well.

    Note that this can cause serious long term complications if untreated. Or it could be something else entirely (either more or less serious).

    So: see a doctor.
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    Subclinical sinusitis will produce that symptom. Also mucus secreations thicken with age. Mucus clinging to the back of the throat can trigger the cough reflex. Try a little guafenisen, available over the counter. I use 200mg myself, that is half a tablet . It relieves my "post nasal drip" cough for about 6hrs.
    But for a cough lasting a year and a half you should see a doctor.
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    See a doctor. Even if there is nothing serious going on, you need to stop the coughing. It is pissing those around you off. Trust me. Had a roommate last semester who coughed all day and night and drove me ape shit crazy.

    On the other hand, get well soon!
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    Thanks guys. Got an appointment for the next week, you can start making bets now for what it is and Ill answer when I find out
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    Do u smoke ? if yes then that is the reason, its dry cough. Just causes irritation nothing else as it is just mucus and not cough.
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    If you are not then you gotta be a passive smoker.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Osborne View Post
    Do u smoke ? if yes then that is the reason, its dry cough. Just causes irritation nothing else as it is just mucus and not cough.
    Nothing else?

    How about emphysema, cancer of the bladder, esophagus, larynx, lung, mouth, throat, cervix, kidney, pancreas and stomach, chronic heart and cardiovascular disease, abdominal aortic aneurysm, cataracts, periodontitis and pneumonia. Oh and reproductive problems. And it makes you smell.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Strange View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Osborne View Post
    Do u smoke ? if yes then that is the reason, its dry cough. Just causes irritation nothing else as it is just mucus and not cough.
    Nothing else?

    How about emphysema, cancer of the bladder, esophagus, larynx, lung, mouth, throat, cervix, kidney, pancreas and stomach, chronic heart and cardiovascular disease, abdominal aortic aneurysm, cataracts, periodontitis and pneumonia. Oh and reproductive problems. And it makes you smell.
    I guess someone does not know about what he speaks , maximum disorders are not even related to coughing
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    Quote Originally Posted by Osborne View Post
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    Do u smoke ? if yes then that is the reason, its dry cough. Just causes irritation nothing else as it is just mucus and not cough.
    Nothing else?

    How about emphysema, cancer of the bladder, esophagus, larynx, lung, mouth, throat, cervix, kidney, pancreas and stomach, chronic heart and cardiovascular disease, abdominal aortic aneurysm, cataracts, periodontitis and pneumonia. Oh and reproductive problems. And it makes you smell.
    I guess someone does not know about what he speaks , maximum disorders are not even related to coughing
    I guess someone can't write clearly. I assumed the missing antecedent of your sentence was "smoking" rather than "coughing".

    But even so, coughing could be symptomatic of something more serious. Implying that a smoker with a cough doesn't really need to worry doesn't sound like very good advice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Strange View Post
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    Do u smoke ? if yes then that is the reason, its dry cough. Just causes irritation nothing else as it is just mucus and not cough.
    Nothing else?

    How about emphysema, cancer of the bladder, esophagus, larynx, lung, mouth, throat, cervix, kidney, pancreas and stomach, chronic heart and cardiovascular disease, abdominal aortic aneurysm, cataracts, periodontitis and pneumonia. Oh and reproductive problems. And it makes you smell.
    I guess someone does not know about what he speaks , maximum disorders are not even related to coughing
    I guess someone can't write clearly. I assumed the missing antecedent of your sentence was "smoking" rather than "coughing".

    But even so, coughing could be symptomatic of something more serious. Implying that a smoker with a cough doesn't really need to worry doesn't sound like very good advice.
    Hey, don't get me wrong, I respect you, it is just that I am not that good at English as I am from an eastern country.
    Sorry.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Osborne View Post
    Hey, don't get me wrong, I respect you, it is just that I am not that good at English as I am from an eastern country.
    Sorry.
    No problem. Hopefully, it is something minor.
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    So raziel, how did it go? What did the doc say?
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    I failed to make my appointment so my next appointment is tomorrow, May 7th. Will post back tomorrow or when the tests are back.

    I thought caughing for that long could be just about anything but... when I told my mom she was like "WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH YOU? GO TO THE DOCTOR NOW!" so tomorrow Im going nomatter what. Postponed it so long now so cant do that anymore.
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    Good luck and I hope all is well.
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    There seemed to be a problem with my Tonsils. But the medical term he used was nothing I could make sense off xD So Ive been sent to a throat specialist to investigate further.

    You guys know what tonsil problems may cause prolonged coughing?
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    Just get a tonsilectomy and call it done
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    If you need an ENT specialist to look at it, we're now in your guess is as good as mine territory.

    I know they're generally reluctant to remove tonsils because of the "gate-keeper" function against viral infection, but once they become the problem themselves they're more trouble than they're worth. Probably they'll have to come out and from then on you'll have to be more conscientious than most about keeping up with vaccinations - flu as well as others. But the docs will advise you better than a few non-medical people on the internet.
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    it may be some kind of throat or lungs infection.. better you catch your doctor.
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    Hi Raziell,

    Had you been checked by a pulmonary? I would like to talk to you personally over the phone and this would really help me a lot. I had same problem with you and I want to know your status now. Please email me back arcmon08 AT gmail.com thank you!
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    You probably should have consulted with your doctor about this a year and a half ago.
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    Well it has been 2 weeks almost since Raziell has posted, I wonder if he died?
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    Quote Originally Posted by cosmictraveler View Post
    Well it has been 2 weeks almost since Raziell has posted, I wonder if he died?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Raziell View Post
    There seemed to be a problem with my Tonsils. But the medical term he used was nothing I could make sense off xD So Ive been sent to a throat specialist to investigate further.

    You guys know what tonsil problems may cause prolonged coughing?
    If you are still alive, chronic tonsil stones, post nasal drip, regular exposure to air pollution such as industrial smog, cigarette smoke, mold spores.

    Worse case scenarios would be COPD, TB or lung/throat cancer.
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    I hope shes okay, I see

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    I hope shes okay, I see

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    Raziell is a he. I thought.
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    so I guess he's okay right?
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    I dunno. We can hope so.
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    So I'm guessing Raz is find just forgot about this thread, or doesn't want to talk about it. Maybe his throat is still recovering from whatever and talking to us about it is painful.
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    I'm actually curious about what Raz has to say. I had a chronic cough for years and I want to know what his doc told him.
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    Maybe someone should PM him and remind him to come back to this thread.
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    I was on a blood pressure medication that caused a persistent cough - about 5% of users get it as a side effect. But I was seeing a doctor to get prescribed that medication and it got changed to something else after a follow up visit. The replacement gave me cramps in my legs! The next replacement seems to work without dramas.
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