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Unknown Unsolved Cough

Hello!  Sorry if this is the wrong forum but I'm really not sure where to go. I’m a 31 year old female ex-smoker (quit 3 years ago and smoked for 7).  I’ve had a cough for 2 months now that came on with no associated conditions like a cold or flu or exposure to anybody with cold or flu or contagious conditions.  My cough gets worse with exertion and I cough when I lay down to sleep.  I have woken up coughing 3 times in the past month but usually I sleep through the night.  My doctor said I had acute bronchitis and he put me on 4 daily breathing treatments of albuterol…also had prednisone, Mucinex, and Factive.  I’m allergic to Codeine. I don’t live with any smokers and I’m not exposed to cigarette smoke at all.  I used to get lung infections and bronchitis frequently as a child but that cleared up after the age of 8 or 9.  I have no history of asthma that I’m aware of.  I’ve also noticed occasional shortness of breath but that goes away provided that I rest.  I’m not really coughing up any phlegm and when I do it’s only white.  I’m not really sure what to do next.  I’d really like to know what I’m up against.
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Do this pranayam twice daily, and it will help with the shortness of breath and gradually clean the lungs with the extra oxygen. Come back with your feedback in 3 weeks and then again in 3 months, so someone else can benefit from your experience.
Build up your timing gradually.If you feel tired or dizzy, stop and resume after one minute.
Anulom Vilom pranayam –
Close your right nostril with thumb and deep breath-in through left nostril  
then – close left nostril with two fingers and breath-out through right nostril  
then -keeping the left nostril closed  deep breath-in through right nostril
then - close your right nostril with thumb and breath-out through left nostril.
This is one cycle of anulom vilom.
Repeat this cycle for 15 to 30  minutes twice a day.
Children under 15 years – do 5 to 10 minutes twice a day.
You can do this before breakfast/lunch/dinner or before bedtime or in bed.Remember to take deep long breaths into the lungs.You can do this while sitting on floor or chair or lying in bed.
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