I contracted a cold about three weeks ago. First, my throat itched, then I started sneezing. Next, I had burning and tightness in my right lung. I had a fever of about 101.1 for about three days. I believed that I had a short-lived bout of bronchitis.
Three weeks later and I still am coughing. When I look at the phlegm, it is colorless, just as clear as can be. Sometimes I find it difficult to cough it up.
Given that I have smoked for over 40 years, I am quite concerned. Would the symptoms I have had and am having be an indicator of COPD? Should I ask my doctor to order a chest x-ray?
Thank you so much for your assistance.