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jmcwhrter
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Chest congestion that won't quit
I've had some kind of mystery chest congestion/productive cough for 3+ weeks now. Zero other symptoms. Covid negative.

Wake up in the morning feeling fine -- deep breaths, no wheezing, etc.

By lunch I start to get the "noise" in my breathing

By early evening my cough is very productive -- however I can't seem to cough anything up -- perhaps because I'm so worn out from coughing for the last month.

Mucinex, etc does nothing -- almost seems to make it worse. Tried taking antihistamines at night to dry it up, but even without them, the congestion is gone in the morning anyway.

Doctor copped out with a "could be chronic bronchitis that could last for weeks", even though I've never had this issue before.

Any ideas?


Junky
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re: Chest congestion that won't quit
A 2nd opinion


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tke_swamprat
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re: Chest congestion that won't quit
I would have at least given you some abx and a steroid shot.


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TBoy
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re: Chest congestion that won't quit
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Covid negative.


False negative.


jmcwhrter
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re: Chest congestion that won't quit
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False negative.


Is that a thing? Literally one symptom and covid positive?


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Puffoluffagus
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re: Chest congestion that won't quit
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cough is very productive -- however I can't seem to cough anything up


If you can't cough anything up, then it's not productive. Even if you "feel" like there's something there.

In any case, could be lots of things. Meds, lung issues, reflux, allergies etc.
You can either wait it out like your pcp suggests, get a second opinion, or get aggressive and start seeing specialists.


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CuseTiger
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re: Chest congestion that won't quit
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I've had some kind of mystery chest congestion/productive cough for 3+ weeks now

This sounds like covid tbh, had your same symptoms over christmas/new years and it took roughly 1.5 months to get over it (also covid antibody negative). Cough drops with menthol at night helped a lot as did anti-cough medicine, mucinex did nothing. Lots of water/fluids, don't over exert yourself


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LSUfan20005
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re: Chest congestion that won't quit
Supplement

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Dominate308
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re: Chest congestion that won't quit
N-acetyl cysteine 2000 mg per day. +1
The stuff is awesome.


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THE Q BOI
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re: Chest congestion that won't quit
Wow,

I had to double check to make sure I didn't write this post drunk and forgot about it based on your description of your symptoms. I have had the exact same thing for over a month now including the wheeze starting around lunch time and progressing to a semi productive cough after that.

I went to an after hours clinic first (covid negative) then set up an appointment with my ENT and after a chest x ray that came back clear he also said bronchitis. Gave me a steroid shot, an albuterol inhaler, and a round of antibiotics that didn't do a thing.

He ended up giving me a flovent inhaler after I called to tell him the antibiotics were useless. I am finally starting to feel better, but its been around 5 weeks, so I don't know if its the inhaler that is helping or if I am just getting over it. It was honestly scary for a while. Definitely the longest I've ever been sick.

Hang in there. I hope this helps.


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Jim Rockford
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re: Chest congestion that won't quit
Reflux can cause chest congestion.


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Scooby
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re: Chest congestion that won't quit
There is typically a viral bronchitis that goes around this time of year causing a cough for 1-2 MONTHS, but with covid it all gets lumped in together.


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Athos
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re: Chest congestion that won't quit
See your PCP or an ENT.

Self diagnosis from WebMD or TD won’t get you anywhere.


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GreenRockTiger
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re: Chest congestion that won't quit
If you never had a fever - then I wouldn’t worry about Covid (usually viruses cause a fever - but I’m not a doctor!!!)

I’ve lived with asthma and bronchitis almost all my life - and what you say sounds a lot like bronchitis

But it could be allergies - ask your doctor and maybe take an allergy medicine in the morning one day and see if you get the cough - I guess since I’ve always had lung ailments my allergies manifest themselves through my lungs. Plenty of Ppl will sneeze bc of allergies - I cough

Which really freaks people out right now

(I won’t take a daily allergy medicine bc I’d like to keep my liver functional)


oVo
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re: Chest congestion that won't quit
I have the same issue. Did you ever have asthma? I did as a kid and thought it went away, well with wearing a mask all the damn time it has returned. Doctor put me back on an inhaler. Crazy times.


jmcwhrter
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re: Chest congestion that won't quit
I didnt have classic asthma but I did have some issues with fighting off chest colds, croup, etc..

To update, in the last couple of days my cough and congestion has basically disappeared. I stopped taking all medication - mucinex, etc. - and poof, it just went away. I've been able to run two nights in a row with zero issues.

My father in law was here on Saturday and he has had thr exact same symptoms since 4th of July (last time I saw him). He's been put on prednisone and several other medications with no effect

Took me about 4 weeks but I feel like I'm pushing thru it.. just hoping it's not because all this rain has washed out all the dust
This post was edited on 7/29 at 1:02 am


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jmcwhrter
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re: Chest congestion that won't quit
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But it could be allergies - ask your doctor and maybe take an allergy medicine in the morning one day and see if you get the cough - I guess since I’ve always had lung ailments my allergies manifest themselves through my lungs. Plenty of Ppl will sneeze bc of allergies - I cough


Tried a few days of Allegra-D and I think the antihistamine effect made the congestion worse - harder to move, etc..


TU Rob
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re: Chest congestion that won't quit
Another vote for reflux. Also, have you been tested for Sleep Apnea? Any chronic snoring or other sinus issues? Tonsils?

About 3 years ago I had very similar symptoms, and went to see a new ENT. After he saw the size of my tonsils and I told him about the snoring, he suggested a sleep study.

Basically every morning, I would wake up and feel like I had some congestion in my lower throat/upper chest. Bad coughs that never really produced anything, but got me to the point of feeling choked and almost throwing up. A few minutes after I got out of bed, I would have one bad coughing episode that would last a minute or two at most. It would linger with more coughs, but not as intense, and gradually go away by mid-morning to lunch time, but it was several days a week. I was having obstructive sleep apnea, combined with reflux, not really bad, but enough to warrant another study with a CPAP to see if there were improvements. The ENT put me on either Nexium or Prilosec, and we opted for surgery instead of CPAP. The tonsils needed to come out anyways, and I wasn't a fan of the CPAP. So he did the UPPP surgery and removed some excess tissue to free up the airway. It allows more airflow, so your throat isn't as dry and irritated in the mornings. Basically it was inflamed, and not really any mucous or congestion, but it was irritated enough to start a coughing spell.


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GreenRockTiger
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re: Chest congestion that won't quit
Yikes!! Did they test you for asthma?

Maybe another COVID test??

Not sure, I'm not a medical professional at all, just have dealt with bronchitis and asthma for 30+ years. Wish I could help though.



jmcwhrter
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re: Chest congestion that won't quit
They refused to give me another covid test because

1. I only had one symptom (so much chest congestion it would sound like I was gargling)

2. I had that symptom for almost a month

I'm pretty much over it now.. I think it was just a good virus that had to run its course.


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