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Had a cough for 4 weeks. Chest X-ray clear, not getting better, what could be the problem. No other symptoms, 68 years old, quit smoking 35 years ago ?

Had a cough for 4 weeks. Chest X-ray clear, not getting better, what could be the problem. No other symptoms, 68 years old, quit smoking 35 years ago
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4 weeks: long time. Get checked for asthma and GERD. I would suggest allergy testing, pulmonary function testing and a CT of your chest. Call for a repeat exam. ...Read more

Dr. Michael Gabor
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Xray Of Chest (Definition)

A chest x-ray is the basic radiographic study for evaluation of the heart and lungs. It usually consists of 2 views: postero-anterior and lateral. The image is now usually acquired digitally with the sensor placed against the front of the chest for the pa view and on the left side of the chest for the lateral view. Pneumonia, heart enlargement, CHF and many other ...Read more


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Hi when I lay on my left side I start to cough mucus and I have a stinging burning feeling when I've coughed.chest X-ray clear too??

Hi when I lay on my left side I start to cough mucus and I have a stinging burning feeling when I've coughed.chest X-ray clear too??

Possible acid reflux: This sounds like an episode of acid reflux causing coughing. The most common cause of chronic cough can be due to asthma, Post nasal dripping (feels like fluid running behind your throat), or acid reflux. For reflux you could try to not eat a couple hours before bedtime (1-2 hours), try sleeping with slight incline (use a couple of pillows) or you could use some over the counter anti acid tablets ...Read more

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Left lower lobe pneumonia March 4. No fever, just felt like junk. Got levaquin (levofloxacin). Now just feeling weak. Chest X-ray clear. How long till I'm better?

Left lower lobe pneumonia March 4. No fever, just felt like junk. Got levaquin (levofloxacin). Now just feeling weak. Chest X-ray clear. How long till I'm better?

Post pneumonia: This is highly variable and depends upon what the causative agent of the pneumonia was, the extent of lung involvement, your personal immune system, and other factors. Give this time, get plenty of rest and a healthy diet. Good luck and hope you are better soon. ...Read more

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Should i go to the ER for elbow pain and chest discomfort? Went to ER 2 days ago, chest X-ray clear, no history of heart issues.

Should i go to the ER for elbow pain and chest discomfort? Went to ER 2 days ago, chest X-ray clear, no history of heart issues.

No!: This is not a reason to use an er! if acute cardiac pathology was excluded 2 days ago you should take your elbow and chest symptoms to a primary care physician for a thorough evaluation. Er care is expensive. Ers are crowded. Ers are for acute, life threatening conditions. If you don't have a primary care physician try asking your friends for recommendations. Good luck. ...Read more

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Most likely cause of shortness of breath if lung function good chest X-ray clear and no asthma or allergies?

Most likely cause of shortness of breath if lung function good chest X-ray clear and no asthma or allergies?

More details needed: Do you have SOB at rest or only with or after exercise? Do you have trouble getting air in or pushing air out? Do you have trouble talking whenever you have such an attack? Do you have any pounding in your chest? Do you have anemia? Providing such info will likely get you a better answer.since there are so many causes of SOB ...Read more

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Chest always feels tight & feel short of breathe at times. ECG & bloods clear, Chest X-ray clear, My GP suggest anxiety but I am still worried. ?

Chest always feels tight & feel short of breathe at times. ECG & bloods clear, Chest X-ray clear, My GP suggest anxiety but I am still worried. ?

Counseling may help: If the symptoms are associated with anxiety, working with a mental health professional can help alleviate them. They can help you develop skills for managing anxiety and identifying stressors that may be triggering anxiety. Once you know how to cope with anxiety and the root issues, associated physiological symptoms will dissipate. ...Read more

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I went in for SVT they queried p.e symptoms worsened repeated d dimer blood gasses low chest X-ray clear ECG clear today increase in breathlessness new pain when I breathe hence asking if d dimers can be false negative suffer aniexty which I'm being treat

I went in for SVT they queried p.e symptoms worsened repeated d dimer blood gasses low chest X-ray clear ECG clear today increase in breathlessness new pain when I breathe hence asking if d dimers can be false negative suffer aniexty which I'm being treat

Breathing: Good that you were checked, but any blood test can give a false negative. Nothing is 100%. However, you had other tests that confirmed the lack of PE yesterday. Could your problem be asthma? Could it be costochondritis or pleuritis? Since your symptoms have worsened, you deserve further evaluation. ...Read more

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Can red bull energy drink plus reduction in my methadone ( tapering ) cause atrial fibrillation , chest X-ray =clear , echogram = clear , blood=clear?

Can red bull energy drink plus reduction in my methadone ( tapering ) cause atrial fibrillation , chest X-ray =clear , echogram = clear , blood=clear?

Probably not: An energy drink such as red bull plus tapering of an opiate can cause a rapid heart beat - tachycardia, but probably not this special type of abnormal heart rhythm. ...Read more

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Been sick for 2 weekssinus and drainage. Clogged ear, and my chest feels heavy. And also green mucus no cough.chest X-ray clear.can infection be there?

Been sick for 2 weekssinus and drainage. Clogged ear, and my chest feels heavy. And also green mucus no cough.chest X-ray clear.can infection be there?

Can be up there: in your upper airways, nose, sinuses and middle ear, inflammation can affect your lower airways also, so your chest feels heavy as you described, yet chest x-ray would be clear. See your doctor again for possible need for antibiotics, antiinflammatory medications and probably a bronchodilator to open up your lower airways, best wishes ...Read more

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Chest X-ray clear, blood in phlegm is now gone but have upper back pain. If it was lung cancer would it have shown on x ray? Having anxiety!

Chest X-ray clear, blood in phlegm is now gone but have upper back pain.  If it was lung cancer would it have shown on x ray? Having anxiety!

Not always: A chest x-ray can miss lung cancers, especially if they are early/small, when they can be best treated. Although it is not likely you have lung cancer given your age, please see your health care provider and get further evaluation. A chest ct would be a better test for lung cancer depending on your specific situation, but we want to limit radiation exposure, so benefit needs to outweigh risk. ...Read more

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ECG clear chest X-ray clear spyro clear CBC clear but was on prednisone at time what could be causing my shortness of breath also aches in groin?

ECG clear chest X-ray clear spyro clear CBC clear but was on prednisone at time what could be causing my shortness of breath also aches in groin?

Possibilities: Coughing can cause groin pain. If you aren't coughing and still short of breath a rare condition of a blood clot in your lungs can cause shortness of breath. Sometimes anxiety can cause all ailments. If symptoms persist I would get rechecked by your doctor and if severe shortness of breath develops to the emergency room. ...Read more

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I'm 39 & quit smoking 7 years ago. Had some blood in phlegm & doctor gave me z pack (blood gone). Chest X-ray clear but upper back pain. Scared!

I'm 39 & quit smoking 7 years ago.  Had some blood in phlegm & doctor gave me z pack (blood gone). Chest X-ray clear but upper back pain.  Scared!

CT of chest: If you are at high risk, a ct of your chest would be more definitive. At your age, though, I am not sure that your risk would be that high. Consult your doc. ...Read more

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I can't take a full breath It feels tight behind my breast bone slight ache chest X-ray clear never had asthma? Had for 2 months was 1st sore throet

I can't take a full breath It feels tight behind my breast bone slight ache  chest X-ray clear never had asthma? Had for 2 months was 1st sore throet

Possible reflux: You may want to talk to your physician about possible gastroesophageal reflux disease. GERD caused by increased gastric acid into the esophagus. The initial sore throat may have been your first symptoms which has now progressed to the pain you feel. Follow up with your doctor and discuss this as a possible explanation of your symptoms. ...Read more

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Cough for over 8wks, mucs at times green and white cloudy, antibiotics, cough medicine and paracetamol in first 2wks, chest X-ray clear, what next?

Cough for over 8wks, mucs at times green and white cloudy, antibiotics, cough medicine and paracetamol in first 2wks, chest X-ray clear, what next?

Persistent cough : Post-viral cough can last a few weeks to a few months. So can a post-bronchial cough. If symptoms not gone within a week, see you doctor or pulmonologist. ...Read more

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WBC 11.4, chest X-ray clear, blood pressure top number 40pts above normal, no energy and some tightness breathing Healthy 41 female non smoker runner?

WBC 11.4, chest X-ray clear, blood pressure top number 40pts above normal, no energy and some tightness breathing

Healthy 41 female non smoker runner?

HTN chest tightness: WBC is upper limits (labs have different standard so need to present that) ; blood pressure is elevated with chest tightness, clear CXR. Would check EKG and echocardiogram so see if there is a structural abnormality,diastolic dysfunction or if the right heart or pulmonary pressure is elevated. , check for asthma PFTs would also check TSH. Rare entities pheo and carcinoid . f/u/ /w doc ...Read more