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Unread 02-19-2004, 09:31 AM
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does anyone know what are the symptoms if cancer has recurred in the lungs? My chest pan has lessened, but the cough won't go away since the cold I had last month. I have a little phlegm in my throat, but sometimes whehn coughing I involuntarily breath in as bunch of air and can't exhale it becuase of the cough. I gasp for a minute, feel out of control and it is scary. I have never had a panic attack or hyperventilated and I am not doing anything that would trigger these attacks.
Except for these coughing episodes I am OK. My dog walks me three miles and I can take deep breaths with out pain.
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Unread 02-19-2004, 09:39 AM
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Hi Debbie,

I am sorry you are experiencing these scary symptoms. Can't your Doc just order you an x-ray and put an end to these fears. It is probably cancerhead and nothing will make it go away like a good test report.

In the meantime - here is a .

Take Care,
Unread 02-19-2004, 10:12 AM
xray good idea

I'd call, explain symptoms and concerns, and ask for an xray. I like the phrase the dog walks you. Isn't that always the case?
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Unread 02-19-2004, 11:19 AM
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Yeah, definitely worth checking out.

It could be some kind of asthma too (which is hormone related), so it might be something you can get help for too.

Unread 02-19-2004, 12:19 PM
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I seem to remember that you recently met with your doctor and that he thought it might be a cold. If you have persistent symptoms, I would think that, given your history, your doctor would want to be extra careful and do an X-ray or some other type of exam. But if he is not suggesting that, then feel free to be demanding. It is your life and your care.

There are a lot of colds going around, many of which involve coughing and phlegm. I had a horrible, painful cough for six months once. It just wouldn't go away. Coughs can be pesky!

Glad you've been getting out to walk! I need to get offline and go for my morning walk now, too!
Unread 02-19-2004, 02:24 PM
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Shepardpal: Are you taking any medication that could be a cause of this. The reason I ask is I had a cough that was similar for about 6 weeks. Dr came in and without really examining me, just from the description indicated it was the ACE inhibitor I was taking for my blood pressure. This frequently happens and it's more likely to happen after a cold (as I had as well).

Unread 02-19-2004, 02:34 PM
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Hi Debbie,

Coughs can be tricky and definately CAN last for quite a while.

Linda is also right. Certain meds can make you cough. My mom seems to have constant tickle in her throat and her doctor did tell her that one of her meds is the cause.

However, like you, I have a friend who has had a cough since November. She was on antibiodics for sinus infection, nasal drip, and stuff like that. She was afraid to have the chest xray that the doctor recommended because she used to smoke and that fear of the unknown was haunting her. Well, she finally gave in and had the xray because she could not take a deep breath without coughing. I know her from the gym I go to and excerising was very difficult for her.

Well, the test showed that she has really bad bronchitis and is on the verge of phenomia. She is now on strong antibiodics, a steroid, and an inhaler.

Please go have a chest xray just for peace of mind.

Unread 02-19-2004, 02:40 PM
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I am still praying for you, here a few s , s, I agree with Trish that it could be some kind of asthma, you need to get x-rays of your chest, just to be on the safe side.

God bless
Unread 02-19-2004, 05:18 PM
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As a long-time chronic lung disease sufferer (married to a pulmonary specialist), I have a guess.

When you have any sort of upper respiratory infection, your airways inside the lungs get inflamed. This inflammation can continue long after the initial virus goes away, and make your lungs sort of "twitchy." For example, if cold air hits them, they go into a sort of spasm, which results in your coughing.

This would also lead to some inflammation of your chest wall itself (all those little muscles in between the ribs get inflamed too from all the coughing), which could explain the pain. I've been fighting something similar; the virus going around southern California lately seems to be a bronchitis that lingers on for quite a while

You may benefit from some inhaled anti-inflammatory medication, like Flovent, to calm down that inflammation until it can heal on its own. I know it's difficult to send cancerhead packing...but reactive airway disease is very common, particularly after that horrible virus you just had.

Hope that's all it is, but it definitely merits a phone call -- and don't let them just send you off with cough syrup, OK??

Unread 02-19-2004, 10:09 PM
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I hope you do ask for the chest xray. It is probably just a cough that lingers from a cold or respitory infection. You will feel better if you find out for sure. Let us know... keeping you in my prayers!

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