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I develop a chronic cough that produces alot of mucus, kindly help me out

Hello.. I'm a 50 yr. old female. I have been smoking since 1975.. For the last 2 years I have to sleep with 2 pillows at night. When I lay down, I develop a chronic cough that produces alot of mucus.. Also at night, I will wake up coughing and gasping for air, because I cough so hard to clear the airways.. At times I cough so much, that I will start to sweat. I must always have tissue around me at night and in the morning, because of the mucus produced. These spells often take place when I lay down, or when I just awake in the morning, or I will waken from sleeping at night. After I cough and clear my passages everything is fine the rest of the day. Although ,I have noted that on occassion I will have drainage from my nose if not caught in time with a tissue. Also, when I cough, I can feel that the the region between the rib cage in the center of my chest feels like a rapid heart beat. Help.. Do you have an anwer for me?
Asked On : Fri, 3 Sep 2010
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Dear madam,
first of all ,there is no mention about your Weight,height and any other medical illness like diabetes,hypertension and your present medication status.its better you can go for Chest x ray,Sputum for culture,sensitivity ,CBC with ESR,CRP,ECG.If ECG shows some abnormalities then you have to go for ECHO.In concise you have to rule out both heart and lung i advise you to have complete check up with PHYSICIAN before going for investigations and Medication.Thank you.
Answered: Tue, 7 Sep 2010
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