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Old 01-03-2015, 04:25 AM
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In 2006, when I was in my early 20s, I contracted pneumonia. I had a fever of 103 at the peak and was coughing up green, blood-tinged mucus. Since I was a single male living alone in an unfamiliar city (no car and no friends), I stayed at home thinking it was the flu, and didn't see a doctor until three weeks later after I had recovered enough to walk to the clinic. He diagnosed it as pneumonia and gave me antibiotics. The infection gradually subsided.

Since then, every cold I catch devolves into a full-blown lung infection that takes two weeks or more to clear up, during which time my lungs are filled with fluid.

When I'm not sick, my lungs have a small amount of mucus every night, and I spend about an hour coughing it up before I'm able to sleep. In the morning, I again spend 10-20 minutes coughing it all up.

During a routine physical two years ago (no sickness at the time), the X-Ray technician noted that one lung had an unusual amount of mucus for a healthy person. The doctor said nothing except to come back later and have it looked at in detail.

I am a non-smoker and have not been around secondhand smoke to any major degree. I have no allergies that I know of.

How do I get back to being normal?? I avoid contact with people now because that is where I catch viruses, but the mucus is starting to be unbearable even when I'm "healthy".
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Old 01-03-2015, 10:29 AM
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You need to see a pulmonologist for an accurate diagnosis.
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Old 01-03-2015, 11:50 AM
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I'd look into getting a pneumonia vaccination. I had to be hospitalized with a collapsed lung and the doctor insisted I get a pneumonia vaccination. In the past I managed to get bronchitis which was nasy and lead to pneumonia every year. Since getting the vaccination I haven't had it once. It's been about 3 years.
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Old 01-03-2015, 12:30 PM
Location: Fredericksburg, Va
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Yep...you could have COPD....
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