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I've been having some on going problems and seen multiple doctors but have been unable to get any specific answers. I'm hoping you can help me. I believe I have some form of a Lung condition / disease. I have been spitting up a ton of mucus over the past month. I have a dual achy pain in the left side of my back where my Lung is. I also have a relatively difficult time breathing. I've read and found that quiet a few things have symptoms similar to mine. Such as, congestive heart failure but I had an echo on my heart and it came back normal. Also, doctors have listened to my lungs for any crackling sounds which could be a sign of pneumonia and they weren't able to hear anything. ive also had a couple of cbc blood tests done and those were okay too. As you can tell I'm worried because I know there is something wrong but no one had been able to find anything. I think I'm going to see a lung specialist soon but I wanted to see what you guys thought first. Oh and I just realized I forgot to include a couple of other things. I've never had asthma and I was prescribed medication to see if it would help but ie didn't. I've been taking prilosec xr to see if it could be gerd and that hasnt had any results either.


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Expert:  Dr. Jacob George Pulinilkunnathil replied 4 Days.

Dear patient,

Thank you for your consult at DoctorSpring.com.

From how long have you been symptomatic? any variation in symptoms based on day / night time, precipitated by smoke, dust, at home/ outside home, any specific day in the week? what is your smoking status?

from what i understand is you have no fever, mucoid sputum and mild breathing difficulty.any aggravating or relieving factors for your breathlessness? is there any restrictions/ limitations in your daily activities?
I also understand that the CBC, and echo are normal.

What i would suggest -
To make matters more clear, kindly provide status of smoking, any allergic symptoms for you or any first degree relatives, duration of symptoms with precipitating factors.

Possibilities - Allergic, GERD, and infective.

Work up needed - do a sputum examination - gram stain, stain for fungus, and mycobacteria, Chest x ray. these are all cheap but very much informative investigations. you can easily rule out / confirm an infection/ allergic process from sputum microscopy and staining.

Suggestions - deep breathing exercises - similar to yoga( dr. Google might give demonstrations / illustrations for it) early morning for half an hour usually helps to relieve you of the phelgm. continue GERD medicines, quit smoking -if you smoke, and consider some anti allergic medications like Xyzal 5 mg and singulair 10 mg at bed time.

If most docs you already seen assured you that you are ok, may be you are ok and what you are experiencing will just be an exagerated normalcy. you can clear the doubts by seeing a pulmonologist - who will also require the same pieces of info i sought, along with a chest x ray.
Hope this helped, please feel free to discuss further. Wishing you a speedy recovery

Dr. Jacob George P
MD, FCCP


Dr. Jacob George Pulinilkunnathil
Category: Allergy and Immunologist
Experience: 
Residency, Post Graduation: MD, Respiratory Medicine, J L N Medical College, Ajmer, Rajasthan (2012).
Medical School, Internship: MBBS, Government Medical College, Kottayam, 2001-07 
Indian Diploma in Critical Care Medicine (IDCCM) - Medical Trust Hospital, 2013-2014.
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