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For about the past 8 months, I have done nothing but cough up phlegm. My doctor has no idea what causes it, my x-rays and scans have all been clear. I dont smoke, and I am 48 years old and a housewife.

The phlegm is white and very thick. Sometimes it gets stringy and I start to choke on it. If I'm not coughing, I'm clearing my throat, because phlem is always there, no matter how much I cough up. Theres not a moment that goes by in which I don't feel the phlem in my chest and throat. I clear my throat all the time, sometimes every few minutes

I always have tissues, or be near a sink or garbage can. When I start to cough, I grab tissue to put over my mouth to cough out phlegm, but sometimes 1 or 2 tissues is not enough, and need a cup (sometimes I can cough up 1/2 a cup) or cough for at least an hour. I can not fully rest, and if I do, the phlegm wakes me up, start coughing for at least 30 minutes before it stops.

Sometimes when I eat or drink, I start to gag and choke. Coughing fits can last anywhere from a few seconds to the point where I get tears in my eyes, gag, choke, and then throw up. I usually feel nausiated when I cough. The coughs can start as small regular coughs then progresses to full chest cough. I try to sip water in between coughs or immediately afterwards.

If teh phlegm is too thick to cough up, I have to swallow it until I cough again (which makes it even harder to get up). I sometimes gag on the phlegm until I need to swallow it, which can cause me to gag even harder.

I can't do anything without violently coughing up phlegm (walking, chaning positions, doing laundry etc). I can't go out anywhere because I feel so miserable. I have a headache along with all this that won't go away, and my chest and throat always hurt. I can't go out in public or visit anyone (or have anyone visit my house) because I know its irratting to others listening to my cough up phlegm.

I can only sleep in reclined positions because if I am flat on my back, I start to choke. I have tried OTC Sinus and Flu medicines with no avail, Mucinex did nothing for me either. My husband is at a loss for what do, and so am I.

I feel horrible and completely miserable. I am tired of being sick, tired and having my whole body hurt because of coughing. I am getting helpless and desperate!
O my! Have you been to a doctor, a pulmonologist? I have a horrible cough like that when I wake up and he is FINALLY doing a cat scan and said something about mucous tests, and antibiotics, mine is mostly white, but also comes from my sinuses and in the morning is so thick I feel llike I am going to puke. it is so embarrassing for my poor teenaged daughter., I did used to smoke, but my lungs are clear on the xray, most of you sound like you need inhalers or tests, please try to push for more help. If you are coughing up green mucuous that is bad, that is infection. If you have chronic broncitis it can be yellow at times. While I am doing my 45 minute coughing stint in the morning I also shake really bad, have no idea if the two are related I was sent to JOHN HOpkins for the shaking and they hardly did a thing and sent me a way saying it was probly pyscosomatic. Now the lung stuff, though, does anyones mucous smell bad? My doc is checking me for bronchiectasis I already have copd of some emphysema and chronic broncitis. this was just my second visit with him, last time he tried to tell me i never had asthma, now I do, he is rather flaky, but seemed calmer this time and like really listened. I also cough up and I think it comes from my sinuses little mucous plugs that smell awful he said that can happen......I guess I will find out soon enough, at least finally got cat scan we'll see .....please go try for some help especially the last poster, sorry I can't go see your name or I will lose my post, I am not good with that computer stuff...good luck....!!!! Oh i was talking about Ima mystery , could it be allergies? my doc also wants me to go see the ent and allergy doc again.
If it is discolored it is from infection, if it is white or light yellow it is probably allergies. Also, acid reflux causes mucous so try a couple Pepcid and see if that helps at all. Mucous is a protectant so when acid or anything foreign to the body is introduced in certain areas mucous forms around it.
[QUOTE=imamystery;3273664]For about the past 8 months, I have done nothing but cough up phlegm. My doctor has no idea what causes it, my x-rays and scans have all been clear. I dont smoke, and I am 48 years old and a housewife.

The phlegm is white and very thick. Sometimes it gets stringy and I start to choke on it. If I'm not coughing, I'm clearing my throat, because phlem is always there, no matter how much I cough up. Theres not a moment that goes by in which I don't feel the phlem in my chest and throat. I clear my throat all the time, sometimes every few minutes

I always have tissues, or be near a sink or garbage can. When I start to cough, I grab tissue to put over my mouth to cough out phlegm, but sometimes 1 or 2 tissues is not enough, and need a cup (sometimes I can cough up 1/2 a cup) or cough for at least an hour. I can not fully rest, and if I do, the phlegm wakes me up, start coughing for at least 30 minutes before it stops.

Sometimes when I eat or drink, I start to gag and choke. Coughing fits can last anywhere from a few seconds to the point where I get tears in my eyes, gag, choke, and then throw up. I usually feel nausiated when I cough. The coughs can start as small regular coughs then progresses to full chest cough. I try to sip water in between coughs or immediately afterwards.

If teh phlegm is too thick to cough up, I have to swallow it until I cough again (which makes it even harder to get up). I sometimes gag on the phlegm until I need to swallow it, which can cause me to gag even harder.

I can't do anything without violently coughing up phlegm (walking, chaning positions, doing laundry etc). I can't go out anywhere because I feel so miserable. I have a headache along with all this that won't go away, and my chest and throat always hurt. I can't go out in public or visit anyone (or have anyone visit my house) because I know its irratting to others listening to my cough up phlegm.

I can only sleep in reclined positions because if I am flat on my back, I start to choke. I have tried OTC Sinus and Flu medicines with no avail, Mucinex did nothing for me either. My husband is at a loss for what do, and so am I.

I feel horrible and completely miserable. I am tired of being sick, tired and having my whole body hurt because of coughing. I am getting helpless and desperate![/QUOTE]
Honey, you need to do what my sister does. She got a small baby syringe and a nasal wash. You can buy it at Walmart, I think. Its in powder form. At least the one she uses is. She mixes it with sterile water, sucks it up in the syringe, leans over her sink and sprays it up her nose. She says she gets all kinds of gunk out. I think the phlem and cough is due to sinus drainage draining down the back of your lungs. My doctor says if it gets bad enough, it will get into your lungs.





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