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The Cough That Won't Go Away
      #238413 - 04/11/08 04:02 AM

Hello Everyone,

I have a serious question. I moved to CA in July of last year and by September I started coughing and have not stopped. I've been poz for almost 4 years now. I'm not on any meds my CD4 count is in the 400's. I took some x-rays and the doctors said they think I have PCP. When I was reading about PCP, I though your CD4 count had to be in the 200's to get PCP. I have been on Mepron for about a month and no results. Now the cough is with a shortness of breath. I can barely run or exercise or walk up steps. I have had X-rays, cat scans and my blood drawn but the doctors don't see anything. No virus no infections just this cough. I am eating and sleeping normally. I dont cough at all at night just during the day. This cough has simply changed my life. I can't pursue my dreams anymore because of it. Its starting to get embarrassing now. Can someone please send me your thoughts. It has been almost been 8 months now since I've been coughing. I though it was TB but I took the test and it came back negative as well. I don't know how much longer I can take this. I did broncoscopy and they didn't see nothing. Is there anything other antibiotics that I can take? Or any natural herbs? I just want this cough to go away so I can get on with my life. Please help

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Re: The Cough That Won't Go Away new
      #239632 - 06/02/08 01:05 AM

Allergies? Polution?

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Re: The Cough That Won't Go Away new
      #240561 - 07/09/08 09:49 PM

since u don't say what meds u r on, thought i'd add that some hypertension drugs can cause a persistant cough. i was on cozaar 4 a while & developed a scratchy throat & nagging cough. started with a few times a day then all day. stopped when i switched drugs!

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Re: The Cough That Won't Go Away new
      #245965 - 06/05/09 07:49 PM

Ask your doc to prescribe Tessalon pearles (benzonatate)...It works very well for nagging, dry, unproductive coughs.

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