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    I'm a newcomer to primal living. I've been doing it for about 3 months and I've lost about 7 kilos so far (about 15 pounds), as well as dropping my body fat % from 22% to 17%. I'm very pleased with that progress, but soon after I started my new lifestyle, I developed a cough which has never really gone away. I quit smoking over 2 years ago and I didn't have this cough until recently. I've been coughing up phlegm and although the cough is not severe enough to cause any discomfort as such, it doesn't seem to be going away.

    I fully intend to go the doctor, but I guess I was wondering if anyone else out there experienced any unusual changes after switching over. I realize that there is probably no link and that it was just a coincidence that it happened at that time, but I thought I'd ask anyway.

    Thanks.

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    One the one hand, your body could be expelling some junk.

    On the other hand, you could have contracted a bacteria or virus.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by AuH2Ogirl View Post
      One the one hand, your body could be expelling some junk.

      On the other hand, you could have contracted a bacteria or virus.
      Could also be GERD - that's actually the most likely issue.

      But see the doc. A chronic cough should always be evaluated further.

      How old are you? How much vitamin D are you taking or how much midday sun are you getting?



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      • #4
        What's GERD?

        I'm in my early 30s. I think I'm getting enough sunlight, as I do spend some time outdoors most days. And on sunny days, I always spend a little longer to get extra sunlight.

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        • #5
          Well.. not sure where you live. I'm in California... where the most insane virus is going around and around. I am now the lucky winner... and have a yet another respitory virus. It lasts around 5 weeks. I was also lucky enough to have this in oct of last year... so it's not as bad this time around. It feels like a steel wool scrubber is just below my throat in my chest. And the coughing... OMG... it's a killer ab workout, as well as neck. Last time it felt like asthma... this time just mild asthma (is there such a thing?)

          One of my kiddos has it, as does DH. Was on the phone with the pedi last week. They don't treat virus, short of hospitalization for complications ... and said expect to cough for about 5 weeks. Which is what I did last time too!

          Get it checked out... but unless you're having extreme heartburn, coughing is probably NOT related to your diet.

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          • #6
            It may be a good thing. For me coughing up a lot of phlegm has reduced the amount of fluid on my lungs, enough to astonish my specialist.
            A steak a day keeps the doctor away

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            • #7
              I too have recently developed a cough. I wanted to make a post about it but I haven't made one since the new forums and I cannot find the "create new thread" button for the life of me. Very frustrating.

              Anyway, I have been primal 100% for about a year and a half, so it's not a transition cough, but it is a gnarly one. I've been doing everything right, eating right, all grass-fed beef, a decent amount of veggies and little fruit, plenty of vitamin D, but this cough is brutal. It started last week and is a dry cough.

              It's strongest at night, from the hours of 11pm to 7 am, and keeps waking me up from sleep. I just dont understand it. I never get sick, but this cough is killing me. No other symptoms. Just the cough. I finally went to the doctor after trying to ride it out by fixing it with diet/sunlight, and the doctors insist it is "allergies", post-nasal drip, and asthma. I have had no asthma symptoms since age 6, so this strikes me as very strange. Same with the allergies. If ANYONE has any advice on how to fix a persistent dry cough, please chime in. It's been almost a week now and I am desperate.

              Thanks hurla for letting me piggy-back on your post.

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              • #8
                In those three months have you added more garlic to your diet? I started coughing a bit after I began eating at least one clove of garlic a day. It’s an old medicine that can kill any respiratory bacteria and virus and it’ll help keep your lungs clean – hence a constant slight cough (more for me as I’m trying to quit smoking, but my lungs feel a lot better after I began eating garlic). I haven’t been sick since. Same goes for my 7 year old son, he eats raw garlic almost every day too – no matter what sickness goes around in school; they never hit him. Garlic also kills many harmful bacteria in the mouth and I haven’t had problems with tartar or discoloring of the teeth since either. In fact discoloring has decreased and tartar is none-existing. And I only brush with water several times a day, no toothpaste unless I had something none primal to eat/drink, and so far the no toothpaste strategy is looking healthier for the teeth and gums.

                Autumn

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                • #9
                  Hmmm... 5 - 7 weeks of persistant, annoying coughing, especially bad at night - am I the only one here who thinks "whooping cough" (pertussis)? It goes around in my area every year as people's vaccinations wear off. Only infants and toddlers make the "whoop"; adults don't. I don't even know if there's a test for it, but it might be worth looking into at your doctor's office. Our local docs have been suggesting pertussis booster shots for adults as it's become so prevalent.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by DebFM View Post
                    Hmmm... 5 - 7 weeks of persistant, annoying coughing, especially bad at night - am I the only one here who thinks "whooping cough" (pertussis)? It goes around in my area every year as people's vaccinations wear off. Only infants and toddlers make the "whoop"; adults don't. I don't even know if there's a test for it, but it might be worth looking into at your doctor's office. Our local docs have been suggesting pertussis booster shots for adults as it's become so prevalent.
                    I absolutely think it's pertussis. I wrote about it in another cough thread. Five weeks? It's pertussis. It's spring. It's pertussis season.

                    Yes, adults should get pertussis boosters, ITA My now 11 yo had pertussis last year. It was terrifying. I'm fairly certain I had it 3 years ago. Even scary for me as an adult.



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                    • #11
                      I think my Dad had pertussis about 15 years ago. He coughed so hard he cracked a rib. My Mom kept arguing with me that he had a cold with post-nasal drip, making him cough and not pertussis. Post-nasal drip doesn't make you cough so hard that you crack a rib, though. It lasted for about 6 weeks. My understanding is that a mild cold usually comes first and the coughing starts after that.

                      I did get my booster in Jan. as we know a lot of people who don't vaccinate & that keeps pertussis going around.

                      Garlic will help clean out your lungs (it's a lung tonic) and it is antibacterial but shouldn't cause such long-term effects.

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