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Dr. Andrew Rynne
Dr. Andrew Rynne

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What causes cough and breathing difficulty while lying down?

I went to walkin clinic after having coughing + short of breath especially when laying down ! Was examined + given antibiotic + a puffer , the puffer did absolutely nothing ! Ran through antibiotic supply that was only for 7 days ! Was told by doctor only have to wait this through + only to go to hospital emergency if I got much worse ! The Clinic also insisted on chest exray + I was Promissed to be notified only if I had issues/ it s been 2- weeks = no improvments + no contact from Doctor !!
Sat, 31 Oct 2015
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Hi Dear ,

As per your query you have cough and breathing difficulty while lying down and you were on antibiotics that didn't help . Well the symptoms you mention in query can occur due to many reasons like acid reflux , heart failure , panic disorder , snoring , respiratory infections ( bacterial or viral ) , sleep apnea and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) . I would suggest you to consult ENT specialist for proper examination . Doctor may order test like throat swab test , viral culture test , chest X-ray and blood test . Doctor may put you on anti allergic drugs , stronger antibiotics , or antiviral drugs . Doctor may refer you to chest specialist or gastroenterologist if he/she find problem to be related to chest infection or acid reflux respectively . For now avoid eating spicy and heavy meal specially at night , do warm saline gargles and ake bendryl twice a day . Doctor may also recommend CPAP machine for sleeping apnea .

Hope your concern has been resolved.

Get Well Soon.
Best Wishes,
Dr. Harry Maheshwari

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