A 36-year-old female asked:
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Coughing that comes and goes. Feels like phlegm in throat but no sputum. Mild heavy feeling in chest. Back pain. Xray came back clean. What is this?

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Dr. Stephen Siegel
37 years experience in Pulmonology
Bronchitis: Pharyngitis/bronchitis can cause cough is often due to bronchitis/airway hyperreactivity and can be treated with inhaled steroids/antibiotics and stepwise asthma treatment. Evalution could start with breathing function tests, xrays (chest/sinuses), cultures of throat/sinus/sputum. Xray show pneumonia and was negative but bronchitis does not often show up. Lung/throat specialist/ent could help you.
Answered on Oct 25, 2017
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