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catlady2
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USA
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Posted - Mar 09 2012 :  10:22:13 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I am not sure where most of you got your COPD information. I got most of mine here, other sites on the web, and by calling the lung association. The nurse I spoke to there was so kind and helpful. She went over a lot of things with me on the phone, plus sent me out a packet full of information. ( Its a shame my Pulm. Doc don't have time to explain things, and my PCP has no answers ) anyways, thank God for the nurse at the lung association, because she asked me how long it had been since I stopped smoking. She then told me, around the 3 month time of being a none smoker, I am going to get a cough ( the severeness of the cough varies ) She said its the Alveoli coming back to life. That the tar and nicotine is finally off them, so now they are trying to clear themselves of mucus. The cough is not bad, I am able to cough up some, but not much mucus. I know I should start drinking more water right now to help thin it out. I have noticed though that the past 2 days I have very SOB, I have used my nebulizer both evenings to help with breathing before going to sleep. After you have quit smoking, did you develope this cough? How long did it last? Did it cause you to be SOB? I get scared easily ( bad anxiety and depression ) and don't want to be calling the doctor every time I get scared.

If I posted in the wrong place I am sorry.

Edited by - catlady2 on Mar 09 2012 10:26:32 AM

Bo H
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USA
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Posted - Mar 09 2012 :  10:53:52 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
You could be having the start of an exercabation. does the stuff you are coughing up have any color to it. Yellow or green is time to call the Dr. for Antibiotics and Prednisone. I smoked like a chimney for many years and the only time I cough is when I am sick.

Bo in Al
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TINACA
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USA
58 Posts

Posted - Mar 09 2012 :  10:38:03 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
My Doc told me when I asked him why I never felt SOB until I quit is because cigs have chemicals in them that dilate the bronchial tubes and that after several months once my my lungs and bronchial tubes clear I should breathe better and I do it has been 14 months.
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catlady2
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USA
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Posted - Mar 10 2012 :  07:00:53 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Bo, I got out of the hospital in December after being in there for 8 days on 3 antibiotics, plus steroids and other meds. I didn't have much of a cough when I got out of there, but when I did cough and brought something up, it was green. I wondered to my self, how that could even be possible with all the medication they had me on. Now it varies from green to yellow.
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Sandy07
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Canada
379 Posts

Posted - Mar 10 2012 :  09:29:02 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I wouldn't worry too much about the coughing. It may make your chest and throat sore tho. Just in case tho, keep the oxygen handy...if you use it. If nothing else it will keep your mind at ease knowing it is there. I find I cough shortly after using an inhaler. I don't mind it happening because it helps clear out some phlegm. You're right. Drink plenty of fluids.
I got SOB after coughing but as I relaxed the bronchial tubes relaxed as well. I don't know where you live but the winter has been crazy with temps up and down. The air pressure rise/fall make a lot of people SOB.
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Bo H
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USA
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Posted - Mar 10 2012 :  09:49:08 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
If your mucus is still yellow or green you should see the Dr. He can do a sputum test to determine what antibioitic to use to clear it up.

Bo in Al
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catlady2
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USA
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Posted - Mar 29 2012 :  02:59:53 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I am, I go see the doctor April 3rd. New Doctor, want a third opinion. Only because my Primary and lung specialist can't seem to agree on things.
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