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Hi, i sound wheezing every night from last ten days not in day and also bit stiffness on upper back and chest so what it could be? Not cough no smoke

Wheezing: There are different causes, large airway obstruction due to asthma, chronic bronchitis, tumor, tracheal stenosis, left side heart failure; clot in some cases. If at night it may be acid reflux. Please see your doctor for thorough exam and diagnostic tests. Thanks. ...Read more

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Cough (Definition)

Coughing is an important way to keep your throat and airways clear. However, excessive coughing may mean you have an underlying disease or disorder. Some coughs are dry, while others are considered productive. A productive cough is one ...Read more

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For a month I've had lower back pain n stiffness making it hurt when I sit, cough, bend.. lying down/standing straight feels best. What could it be?

For a month I've had lower back pain n stiffness making it hurt when I sit, cough, bend.. lying down/standing straight feels best. What could it be?

Consult PT: This could be a strain. There's a whole bunch of questions that need to be answered to make the diagnosis here as this is one of the most common complaints to primary care physicians. You can potentially make the diagnosis by trying a simple therapy. Lay on the floor with you face down and perform a press up, while keeping your hips on the floor. This provides back extension. Do this 10x/day. ...Read more

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Treating a Cough (Checklist)

Try over the counter cough medications at the start of a cough
Daily
If the coughing persists or worsens, see a doctor promptly
Once
If you have chest pain or shortness of breath with cough, see a doctor
Once
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Im an 18yo Female with: Constant Chesty Cough, Night Sweats, Hard to Breathe, Not Eating, Neck Pain, Neck Stiffness, Wheezing and I have Asthma. HELP?

Im an 18yo Female with: Constant Chesty Cough, Night Sweats, Hard to Breathe, Not Eating, Neck Pain, Neck Stiffness, Wheezing and I have Asthma. HELP?

You need: an evaluation which includes an exam and possibly a chest radiograph. If you have asthma, then peak flow or lung function and a medical management plan are in order. You should be screened for risk factors for tuberculosis and other lung diseases or infections. Do not wait, and get evaluated soon! ...Read more

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Treating a Cough (Checklist)

Take an expectorant
2x day
Use ginger and turmeric to help with cough and inflammation
2x day
If not better in 3 days, consult doctor to possibly get an antibiotic
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How long after qitting smoking til i cough up black stuff?

How long after qitting smoking til i cough up black stuff?

Almost immediatly: You can cough uo blacck stuff as soon as you stop, but you can cough it up while you still smoking. ...Read more

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Treating a Cough (Checklist)

Drink plenty of water
Once
Take over-the-counter antitussive medicine (such as Robitussin)
Once
If short of breath, chest pain, fever, or worsened cough, call Dr.
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Hi, i sound wheezing every night from last ten days not in day and also bit stiffness on upper back and chest so what it could be? Not cough really

Hi, i sound wheezing every night from last ten days not in day and also bit stiffness on upper back and chest so what it could be? Not cough really

ProbNot preoccupying: If i were to guess, i'd say you have an upper respiratory infection (bronchitis). You may have underlying asthma that is usually dormant but gets unmasked when you have bronchitis. The pain is mainly "pleurisy" that is bruising of the lung lining which causes pain. Ibuprofen typically helps. A simple inhaler may remove the wheezing, to use when needed or when you catch a cold. ...Read more

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