Help me get to the bottom of a constant cough
June 21, 2011 5:42 AM Subscribe
Snot & Sickness Filter: I've had a hacking cough for years
and I'm finally ready to get to the bottom of this. What do I need to ask my doctor? What avenues are smart to pursue? Anything I can do to calm it down in the short term?
posted by Caravantea to health & fitness (31 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
YANMD, obviously. But frankly none of the doctors I've gone to in the past have been much help. When I explain I have a nagging cough that I've had for years I get suggestions like "Try Robitussin." (I did, it doesn't help) And have generally left me with the impression that there's not much to be done about it, and it's nothing to worry about. But it's freaking annoying to me and everyone around me. I'm planning on getting a new primary physician and I'd like to try again. Please help me ask intelligent questions and not let my doctor railroad me.
I think it's Post Nasal Drip. I'm always coughing, but it's worse in the winter than the summer. It's worse in the mornings than the evening. It's much worse when I'm stressed out. I tend to cough up clear, runny mucus, but sometimes some of the thicker, yellow stuff. And sometimes the coughing doesn't bring up anything at all.
That's about all the details I can think of. Um...I'm pretty anemic. I don't know if that could factor in at all.