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  1. kayla stidwell
    July 13, 2017

    Hi…. around three weeks ago I had a nasty chest infection and was prescribed a week of antibiotics. I had the most awful cough. Keeping me up night after night persistently coughing. I now have a heavy feeling on my chest, not a pain, just feels very uncomfortable. Is it possible ive pulled muscles? My dr has booked an xray for me…. but im worrying about it

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    • Web Admin
      Web Admin
      July 15, 2017

      It is possible that you are having symptoms of something that you can address after the xray. Reduce stress in your life at this time. This will help you minimize strain on your body at this time. Continue to monitor the experiences that you are having at this time. This will ensure that you better address any questions that your doctor may have in the future. Best of luck, Kayla!

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      • Teresa Lee
        August 20, 2017

        I couldnt find wear to ask question thats why i did it this way I have had a bad cough with horriable thick yellow brown mucas that is so thick that i litterly have to pull it out i do have copd and lung nodgles my Drs have taken xrays and because of me smoking and im trying my best to quite down from 1 1/2 packs a day to 5 a day i already can hear the comments quite its ur life i know but there are other health and mental depresstion going on.

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      • Web Admin
        Web Admin
        August 21, 2017

        It sounds like you have acknowledged and accepted the fact that cigarette smoking in harmful to your health and likely a strong influence for your symptoms. Take this time to determine if an addiction is more important than your health. If you decide that your health and those in your life are more important that cigarettes, then quit using them. Have a great day, Teresa!

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  2. Debbie
    July 9, 2017

    I have been coughing and coughing since Thursday and it is now Sunday. My throat is raw! Also, hear rattling and crackling in my chest! I wake up in sweaty t shirt, but no fever, or other symptoms during the day! Hope to get in to the dr. tomorrow! Any suggestions?

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    • Web Admin
      Web Admin
      July 9, 2017

      It is great that you have already made an appointment with a medical professional. Continue to monitor their experiences for other symptoms. Your doctor may be able to diagnose and treat your condition. If you determine that you want to speak with an emergency medical professional, then visit a hospital. Best of luck, Debbie!

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  3. Joseph Torres
    July 6, 2017

    Hi for the first time I had fallen asleep in my living room chair after work and woke up to the gargling/crackling noise while breathing. I thought nothing of and tried to clear my throat I thought it was mucus but when I spit it was bloody. And mind you the gargling had woken me up. I’m worrying if it’s real serious and need to go to the ER. I’m in the process of going to the doctor’s.

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      Web Admin
      July 7, 2017

      It is good that you are in the process of visiting a medical professional. It may be beneficial for you to speak with an emergency medical professional at this time. It is likely that your doctor will be able to diagnose and potentially treat your symptom. It would be best to address your symptoms at this time. Visit the emergency room. It is better to be safe. Best of luck, Joseph!

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  4. TJ
    May 14, 2017

    I’ve been coughing up phlegm alot. Been to er because I couldn’t breathe, they called it asthma. I had asthma since 12 years old, I’m 29 now. I know it wasn’t asthma so I went back in and theye diagnosed me with bronchitis and more medicine. I’m a truck driver so my medication has to be something I can drive with. Those 2 times I went to hospital was away from home. The 3rd time was when I was home and the doc said it was pneumonia. I can’t stop coughing and have a very sharp and very painful pain shooting on my right side of my chest. Could I have cracked a rib with all my excessive coughing?

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    • Web Admin
      Web Admin
      May 14, 2017

      The pain may be because of the muscle strain from coughing. You have muscles that can become fatigued when you are coughing so much, so it could just be from that. There are also conditions that can cause this type of pain though, so it may be a good idea to go to your doctor, tell him what is going on and get checked out again.

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  5. Linda
    April 24, 2017

    I was diagnosed with bronchitis about 3 weeks ago. The ER put me on the ZPack and medrol pack. I seemed fine besides a cough that was still present. I went to my doctor for a F/U and she put me in an inhaler called Qvar and Singular. Every since I’ve been short of breath, producing mucus when I cough, and rattling in my chest. I went back to her she put me on another round of antibiotics with is Bactrim and Tessalon that is a coughing pill. Needless to say I feel worst than what I did when I first was diagnosed with bronchitis. Went back to the ER on Friday performed another chest X-ray which was clear. They gave me steroids thru an IV and hydrocodone cough syrup I was ok until I started back taking the Bactrim. I really start to think that Bactrim is causing me to wheeze, be short of breath, and the rattling in my chest. Any suggestions on what i should do?

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    • Web Admin
      Web Admin
      April 24, 2017

      Share your concerns with your medical professional. They may have another option for you to take. Do not stop taking the medication without speak with your doctor. Perhaps try to speak with another doctor for a second opinion. Best of luck, Linda!

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    • Jen
      April 29, 2017

      I reccomend going back to the doctor and request retests. I am only 21 and having very similar problems, I can’t breath without growling, I had tests done and they refused me anything as my xrays were clear. If you are genuinely worried ask for a second xray and second opinion, NHS is doing anything to save money including depriving us of the medication we need

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      • Web Admin
        Web Admin
        April 29, 2017

        Thank you for sharing your experiences. Medical care can be troublesome at times. If possible, try to speak with a medical professional that is willing to work with you. Best of luck, Jen!

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  6. Vel
    April 7, 2017

    My brother just died with lung cancer and was a heavy smoker. I am not a smoker but I have noticed a crackle sound when I lay down to sleep. I have shortness of breath that comes and goes. When I have the shortness of breath I will cough, sometimes with a little muscular and sometimes none. No fever, chill, aches. In the mornings when I get up I have some mucus. I do a lot if sneezing on some days too. I worry about lung cancer since my brother had it. No other family member has had any cancer.

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    • Web Admin
      Web Admin
      April 7, 2017

      It could be from a cold or you may have some lung disorder. It is also possible that you have allergies–allergies can develop later in life as well as childhood, and this could be the reason why you have more mucus and sneezing than normal. Since you don’t really have a family history of cancer, I would not panic and assume that you have lung cancer quite yet. It would be a good idea for you to go to your doctor though to make sure that you don’t have an infection or allergies that are causing your symptoms. Good luck and stay safe, Vel!

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  7. Verticalia
    March 28, 2017

    I am currently on a road trip. The first couple hours of driving, I had a sore throat; it gave me a hoarse voice. I dismissed it, thinking it was strep and it’s probably viral (I am aware it is horrendously contagious) because I also had headaches. Then, I started coughing. Lots of coughing, and when I breathed out of my nose, my nose hurt. So then, I breathed out of my mouth. The wheezing/cracklings sound began. I am not a smoker, and I will not drink alcohol. They both don’t have good outcomes, so why do it? Anyways, I got my period, too. Is that involved? What do you think I might have? I’m on a road trip with my three brothers and my dad. They’re all younger than me, except for my dad. If I do have anything, will I spread it to them? I always cough in my elbow, no matter what. I also have a runny nose. Do you think I actually have pneumonia? I don’t have the blood for asthma and I didn’t have it when I was younger. I’ve had pneumonia about four months ago, starting December 12th. Should I be walking around? I have a shortage of breath, and by walking only 5 minutes, I want to cry. I am normally a good runner and I’m athletic–I can run a mile in 5 minutes. I experienced only a hoarse voice and lots of coughing when I had pneumonia. Currently, I’m taking cough drops and Daytime pills. The cough drops barely help, and the Daytime pills are only temporary. We’re in South Dakota (Mt. Rushmore!) currently, and I’m using hotel wifi. Could it be the hotels? Should I be more cautious? I keep contact with my mom, and she told me to get ibuprofen and to check for swollen lymph nodes. She also told me to get it checked out at a Target or something. I don’t know. We’re heading back home later today. Do I have pneumonia again? Lung cancer (pray to the lords no) or Bronchitis? Sorry for the late reply.

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    • Web Admin
      Web Admin
      March 28, 2017

      It could be just an infection of some sort. You could have pneumonia again or it could be another type of infection. If you can go to a walk-in clinic, you will be able to get checked out pretty quickly. It is highly unlikely that this is lung cancer, so relax. The air conditioning in the car could also be aggravating your symptoms by drying out your sinuses, so drink plenty of water during your road trip.

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    • Linda Ferguson
      March 28, 2017

      It’s the higher altitudes…Relax, breathe deeper and rest often….

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      • Web Admin
        Web Admin
        March 29, 2017

        Depending on where she is, that could be a possibility. The areas she mentioned are not particularly high up though, so that is probably not the cause.

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  8. Lyza
    March 22, 2017

    Its been about an hour since I’ve had this cracking. I had a fever for a few days, and today i woke up coughing a lot, and my throat started crackling. It’s been kind of on and off. It occasionally stopped, then started, then stopped, started, and so on. It also only happens when i breathe through my mouth. I still have a bit of a headache, but my chest isnt in terrible pain. Should i be worried? Is this something i can cure on my own?

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    • Web Admin
      Web Admin
      March 22, 2017

      You most likely have some type of bacterial or viral infection. While a viral infection cannot be treated with antibiotics, a bacterial infection can be. There are many potential reasons why you could be having these symptoms, so it is important to go to your doctor to get diagnosed. You may just need bed rest and plenty of fluids to recover, but it is important that you are tested to find the exact cause of your illness before you assume anything.

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  9. Nae Nae
    March 10, 2017

    My heart skip beats now for the paat few days i haven’t been sleeping when i lay down its hard for me to breath im waking tryng to catch my breath ive notice the crackling sound in my chest im scared its like sonething at the top of my stomach making it very difficult for me to gain im scared

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    • Web Admin
      Web Admin
      March 10, 2017

      If you feel like there is something on your stomach and it is hard to breath when you are asleep, then you could be describing sleep paralysis. If these symptoms continue all night and day though, then you may have an infection or another problem. The best way to find out for sure is to go to the doctor and get checked out. You do not want to take any chances with breathing-related problems, so it is important that you go to your doctor to be checked out.

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  10. Cheryl McDonald
    March 2, 2017

    I have had a crackling sound for a number of weeks now. Only notice it at night when it’s quiet. I haven’t had a cold, nor have I got a cough or mucus or feel unwell, should I visit my GP?

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    • Web Admin
      Web Admin
      March 2, 2017

      You may want to speak with your doctor. Continue to monitor the experiences that you are having. This will help you better answer your doctor’s questions. There is nothing wrong with going in or a general check up. Have a great day, Cheryl!

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  11. Ripper
    February 27, 2017

    So my problem started like 8 months ago, I had some pneumonic feeling with a cough, and I was given drugs for the cough, 2 months down the line i started having a little struggles when breathing especially when inhaling, I went to the hospital and told the doctor I coughed out blood that was once cause I didn’t have an active cough and still having trouble when breathing, so he told me to test for t.b which i did and came out negative, was put on antibiotics, but again like 1 month down the line it became a lil bit worse, started wheezing and shortness in breath but no cough or chest pain, so I went to the doctor again and he ordered I get tested for t.be again that was after getting my chest x-ray, but could cause I couldn’t produce any sputum! So he put me on pneumonia medication, I felt better for some time, it’s been like 2 months now and my problem is back! Any help? I’ve smoked quite a number of times(mostly shisha) but am not a smoker!! Abused alchol a coUpleatham times too..

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    • Web Admin
      Web Admin
      February 27, 2017

      You want to stop using any drugs or alcohol at this time. This may be a cause for your experiences. Speak with the doctor again and gather additional information about your concerns. You may want to speak with another doctor for a second opinion. They may be able to give you additional help. You may also want to change your diet in a healthy manner. Best of luck, Ripper!

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  12. Gabby
    February 19, 2017

    I have had the crackling and popping sound in my chest for almost 5 months accompanied with coughing up yellow mucous and lots of blowing out clear and yellow mucous from my nose. I also notice pimples accumulating on and around my nose alot.I haven’t been to my PCP yet, because I was talking Mucinex which loosened up the chest mucous for about two weeks. Now its back, should I be alarmed?

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    • Web Admin
      Web Admin
      February 20, 2017

      If you find that medications help your respiration, the use them. However, if you find that your body seems to require them to function properly, then you may want to speak with a medical professional. They will be able to determine the cause of your problems. They may be able to give you medication or advice. Best of luck, Gabby!

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    • Maggie
      May 10, 2017

      Stay off Dairy products.
      Find alternatives, like Almond milk, Oat milk etc.,
      Dairy products make mucus abd blocks the Sinuses etc

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      • Web Admin
        Web Admin
        May 11, 2017

        That sounds like a good place to start, although she should also go to her doctor to be checked out for sure. Thanks for commenting, Maggie!

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  13. Julia van de Erve
    January 31, 2017

    I’m a 16 year old girl and I have many health problems. Arthritis, TMJ, depression, tension headaches, and then there’s the unexplained crackling when I inhale. I have no cough, fever, or phlegm. Is there anyway my other health problems causes it? Its only been going on for 5 months. Also I was wondering if poor posture could be a factor in the crackling.

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    • Web Admin
      Web Admin
      January 31, 2017

      Continue to monitor the experiences that you are having. Posture may have an effect on your breathing. You will find that you will gain energy if you practice proper posture techniques. You may want to make an appointment with a doctor to gather information about your breathing. There is no reason to put your health at risk. Best of luck, Julia!

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  14. Angel
    January 24, 2017

    I’ve noticed a quiet crackling maybe a few months to a few weeks ago. Could it be possible that it’s from being pregnant? Never had it before, only during this pregnancy and I am 41 weeks and 1 day today. I have had heartburn once and been sick to my stomach twice during this pregnancy, not sure if I’ve developed acid reflux. But it comes and goes and it’s not loud nor does it bother me. It Only occurs when I lay down at night and it’s not every night. Baby is taking up my lungs making it hard for me to breath, but just want some suggestions or if it could be from being pregnant.

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    • Web Admin
      Web Admin
      January 24, 2017

      It could be from an illness–winter is a normal time to get a cold or develop congestion in the lungs. If your symptoms change, go to the doctor. Otherwise, you can wait for your next prenatal exam to talk to your doctor about your symptoms.

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    • Crambone
      February 16, 2017

      When your pregnant you often develop acid reflux.
      Reflux when you ought sleep can go up your throat and cause the burn, but it can also cause the wheezing.. As you might have inhaled some of the acid.
      I get this myself as a man, do to acid reflux

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      • Web Admin
        Web Admin
        February 16, 2017

        Thank you for sharing your insights and experiences. It is certain that your words will help someone in the future. If you have any advice on how to prevent acid reflux, then please share your treatments with our community. Have a great day, Crambone!

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  15. Patti Moore
    January 16, 2017

    You have a typo in your text. You spell that as thar in one case. Just thought you’d want to know. This is on the article about crackling when you breathe.

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    • Web Admin
      Web Admin
      January 16, 2017

      Thank you for pointing that out–I just fixed it. Thanks for commenting!

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  16. Janis Baucom
    January 16, 2017

    Since December 13th I have been on two rounds of antibiotics 4 bronchitis. I am still coughing up a lot of green mucus chunks with a raspy voice and crackling sounds as I exhale which appears to be coming from my nasal area. I am totally exhausted but do not have any fever. I have been given two packages of the Medrol dose pack also.

    I am concerned that something has been overlooked because this seems to be lingering for way too long. What are your thoughts?

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    • Web Admin
      Web Admin
      January 16, 2017

      It can sometimes take a while to heal when you become ill. This is especially true if your body hasn’t really had enough time to rest and heal completely. If your body has been overexerted for a while, the recovery process can take a long time. Unfortunately, many adults cannot afford to take the time off from work that they need to get better, so it can make it much harder to get over a cold or bronchitis. If you have any worrisome symptoms, you can always go back to your doctor to be on the safe side, but it seems like your body may just need more rest to get back to full health.

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    • Bookie
      January 24, 2017

      Ive had a rattling in my chest for almost 3 weeks now. Im coughing up phlegm alot and no fever, no chills, no body aches. The rattling seems to be coming from the middle of my chest. What is this and why wont it go away

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      • Web Admin
        Web Admin
        January 26, 2017

        You may have reason to speak with a medical professional. This is likely due to an excess of phlegm and mucus. Your doctor may be able to diagnose your condition and give you the proper treatment. Best of luck, Bookie!

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    • abbie
      February 6, 2017

      HI, Bookie, I have the same problem since 1/17/2017, I’m coughing up clear phlegm a little and no fever, no chills, few aches and burning sensation every now them, rattling in my deep in my chest and throat I am on the second dose of antibiotic but it seem not want to leave me alone I am so worried it might be something else?

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      • Web Admin
        Web Admin
        February 6, 2017

        Continue to monitor the experiences that you are having. You may want to speak with your doctor again if the antibiotics are not working. Your best option at this time is to rest and reduce stress in your life. Best of luck, Abbie!

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  17. Richard
    January 15, 2017

    Many thanks for the information. I thought my crackle was bronchitis and my doc said it should go but reading about gastritis, i realise the crackle is only present when I lie down + I get mucus. Only now so I realise it is caused by acid from my hiatus hernia. Apart from medicaton, raising the upper part of the bed works.

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    • Web Admin
      Web Admin
      January 16, 2017

      Thank you for sharing your insights and experiences. It is great that you spoke to a medical professional. It is certain that you will help someone in the future. Feel free to share more of your thoughts in the future. Have a great day, Richard!

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  18. Gail J Collins
    January 10, 2017

    Hello,
    Crackling sound when breathing,
    excessive yellow phlegm with coughing,I am diagnosed with copd. This has been going on when I first saw my current pulmonary doctor. I have only seen in once in a year. I have to change doctors due to unreturned calls. I found a new Dr. they are booked until April.

    Thanks,

    Gail

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    • Web Admin
      Web Admin
      January 10, 2017

      If it is possible for you to speak with a doctor at a walk in clinic, then they would serve you well. They are often inexpensive and reputable. Your experiences are likely influenced by your copd, so continue to act in the manner prescribed y your previous doctor. Try to make an appointment with a different doctor who can speak to you before April. Good luck, Gail!

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  19. Ian
    January 1, 2017

    I’ve had crackling noises when breathing for a few years now. My doctor said it was caused by acid reflux and prescribed a course of gastro-resistant tablets which cleared it up. However it’s back again. It’s not wheezing – I have asthma and know the symptoms of that. There’s no ill affects other than the noise itself, but I have noticed phlegm or mucus in the throat and have to clear it constantly. When I saw my doctor, I explained about this but he insisted it was down to acid reflux and not mucus, hence the tablets he prescribed.

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    • Web Admin
      Web Admin
      January 1, 2017

      Are the tablets not working anymore or did you run out? If they are not working anymore, go back to your doctor and tell him that again. If you just ran out of the prescription, try the tablets again before returning to your doctor. If the tablets are not working, then there could be something else causing the problem.

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    • Sarah
      January 2, 2017

      Your symptoms sound very similar to mine. I had a cough that went on for the best part of a year (non smoker) I was given omeprazole for silent acid reflux…ie I had no idea I had reflux at all, just constantly swallowing mucous up and down.GP explained my body is making excess mucous to protect the inside from the corrosive acid. I was sceptical as I couldn’t feel any acid symptoms but after taking a while the symptoms did improve. Unless the cause goes away (in my case losing weight) you will need to take them daily. The problem deteriorated and I had to have a two month whirl of steroid inhaler and double the dose of omeprazole to get back under control. I am currently crackling again, which is no problem other than it bugs me hearing it, and I will probably return to the steroid inhaler to sooth things again. I have been in a dusty environment recently ( removing a fireplace) and I don’t seem to have much tolerance for any irritant since having this long term problem. In summary if the problem is resolved by taking your tablets, you may well have to keep them up until cause removed. ..typically weight or hernia related

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      • Web Admin
        Web Admin
        January 3, 2017

        Thank you for sharing your insights and experiences. It is certain that your words will help our readers in the future. Please feel free to share more of your thoughts in the future. Have a great day, Sarah!

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  20. Coldpond
    December 26, 2016

    I’ve always had mitral valve prolapse with mild regurgitation and good blood pressure, until about 7 months ago when I went to the cardiologist for a check-up. My blood pressure was alarmingly high and my regurgitation had become moderate, I had a cough I couldn’t get rid of, and some swelling in my lower legs and ankles. For the next three months my medications were increased until my blood pressure was brought back to normal, but in the meantime I developed a tightness at the base of my throat and a (rice crispy) crackling in my chest when I would lay down. A ZPack and a steroid shot helped clear the crackling, but My family doctor was concerned about heart failure and requested a chest xray that showed scarring from what could have been a previous undiagnosed bout of pneumonia. This xray was repeated twice over the next two months, the second one showing the scarring improved but there was some atrial enlargement. The third one finally clear. My cardiologist was not interested in this what so ever, he saw no connection between my lung issues and my heart to be concerned about. Then a month ago the crackling returned with a strained voice and hoarseness, and it became harder to breathe. I went to an after hours clinic and their xray showed bilateral pneumonia. I was put on antibiotics and given a rescue inhaler and went to my family doctor the next day. He verified the pneumonia but was puzzled by my lack of a productive cough and fever. I took two weeks of antibiotics and improved greatly after a week, but then a week after my antibiotics were finished (3 weeks after pneumonia diagnosis) crackling and shortness of breath returned, the hoarseness never fully clear up. This time I went to a pulmonologist who was concerned that this all may be pulmonary hypertension, so he ordered blood work, xray, CT scan, and PFT. The results were a clear chest xray, a small non calcified nodule in one lung, bilateral bands of atelectasis, a slightly enlarged pulmonary artery, and my brain peptides were at 244. PFT results not available yet. I heard from pulmonologist today about these results and he said there was nothing alarming. He would see me in one month and redo the CT scan in one year. My question is should I be satisfied with this response? What questions should I ask, or should I push for more even seeking a second opinion from both another pulmonologist or cardiologist?

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    • Web Admin
      Web Admin
      December 27, 2016

      It sounds like your medical team is doing everything that they can to figure out the problem. Cardiovascular issues can cause breathing problems, so that could be the source of your issues. I would see what the results are and see what happens if you are continuing to have pneumonia. I’m curious though–have you ever been tested for COPD?

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