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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   I have some shortness of breath and constant throat phlegm, which makes my speech raspy. Treatments (nasal sprays, inhalers, various pills) by pulmonary doctors, ENTs and allergists have not worked. I assume the two problems are related but why hasn't there been a solution?
Doctor :   Hello.
Doctor :   Since when are you having this problems?
User :   I was made aware of the breathing about two years ago. The phlegm has been annoying me for a year.
Doctor :   Give me your age?
User :   74
Doctor :   Ok.
Doctor :   Do you smoke or consume alcohol?
User :   Never have
Doctor :   Ok.
Doctor :   Do you have any past history of asthma, hypertension, diabetes, etc?
User :   Hypertension, yes
Doctor :   Ok.
Doctor :   Have you done any tests for your symptoms?
User :   Breathing and allergy tests
Doctor :   Ok.
Doctor :   Bronchoscopy?
Doctor :   Chest x-ray or chest ct scan?
User :   No
Doctor :   Ok.
Doctor :   What were the results of Breathing and allergy tests?
User :   Breathing was slightly below normal. No allergies.
Doctor :   Probably that is reason.
Doctor :   Due to the lung functioning lesser than normal.
Doctor :   You have problems with breathing,
Doctor :   like shortness of breath.
User :   Yes, when I exert myself. Also, I'm sensitive to chemical odors and humidity
Doctor :   Do you have any past history of breathing problems ?
User :   No
Doctor :   Ok.
Doctor :   Is this breathing present constantly? or is it on and off?
User :   On and off.
Doctor :   Ok.
Doctor :   how often do you get? for how long does each episode lasts?
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