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Suffering from cough due to bronchitis. Taking steroid. Throat tightness and difficulty in swallowing. Due to thyroid problem?

Hi I have a bad cough for the past two weeks. My doctor stated it was brochitis and prescribe me sterioid, cough medication and anitboitics but I had no relieve. Today she send me for xray and result were negative.I don t feel sick, never had a fever, no body aches. When I drink cold water or anything cold the cough get worst instead of better. I do feel a tightness on my throat and have a hard time swallowing and thougt it was due to so much coughing. It is a very dry cough no mucus . I have been taking syntroid medication for the past two years. So my only conclusion is a tyroid issue or the tyroid medication So I was thinking of discussing this with my doctor next week. What do you think?
Asked On : Mon, 25 Mar 2013
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Cough is not associated with problems with the thyroid. Symptoms of an significantly enlarged thyroid gland would be difficulty swallowing or possibly problems related to the airway, but as stated the gland would have to be enlarged and pressing on the other structures in the neck.

The other symptoms would depend on whether the hormone level is low or high. If high, a person may experience symptoms such as palpitations, tremor, weight loss, diarrhoea, intolerance to heat.
If it is low, then symptoms such as weight gain, constipation, sensitivity to cold, dry skin, fatigue, hoarseness and muscle weakness may occur.

A cough in a viral illness can potentially last up to 6 weeks. Since it is dry , you can consider using a beta agonist to help with the cough. These are sometimes combined with other cough medications or can be taken on their own, they reopen the airway. Closure of the air way is one of the reasons for coughing.They may also help with the tight sensation in the chest, this feeling can also be due to airway closure.

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