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Severe cough with mucus, regular vomiting, loss of appetite, lethargy, wheezing, disturbed sleep post smoking cessation. Withdrawal effects?

My husband ceased smoking 4 months ago(cold turkey) he has had a terrible cough since and been bringing up mucus which he knows is normal.The cough is getting no better and now he is vomiting almost daily too.He has no appetite and is very lethargic. His chest is wheezing and he has trouble sleeping.The doctor has not sent him for an X ray. Is this what to be expected when giving up smoking!
Asked On : Tue, 12 Jun 2012
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thanks for query
probably ur hubby suffering from COPD
cough expectoration wheezing in a chronic smoker is suggestive of COPD
do consult a pulmonologist with the following reports.....
1. chest x-ray pa view
2. spirometry with bronchodialator reversibility
3. sputum smear for AFB
also dont forget the possibility of lung cancer in a smoker with terrible cough
if its there it will be revealed on x-ray
if x-ray is normal a CECT thorax would have been done
thank u
u need to put on inhalers and probably some steroids
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yes you right, if after many years you quit smoking, then appear similar reaction in your body, your lungs trying to clean what was accumulate there for many years and normally appeared cough, productive cough. If this cough is continuously he may loss appetite and develop insomnia, but don’t worry this is cleaning process that is normal to all former smokers and at this stage no need X-ray. Try cough syrup but it must contain mucolytic and expectorant agents, if no you may get separately cough syrup and mucolytic, that will help . If symptoms will persist or will appear fever, dyspnea, sever wheezing- he must consult Pulmonologist.

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