My mom has had some kind of cold/bronchitis/cough for the last six weeks, and it doesn't appear to be getting any better. You can hear the mucous rattling around when she coughs, but she says she cannot get it up -- it just moves around in her upper chest. The cough is a full, phleghmy bark, and it tends to come in fits. She'll be fine for a while and then hacking.
Her doctor has called it sinusitis and tracheitis, but she's been on three courses of antibiotics -- Zithromax, Doxycycline, and now she's finishing 7 days of Biaxin -- and nothing seems to make it better. She doesn't have a fever (running around 99.0) and she says she doesn't feel particularly sick outside of her respiratory system (i.e. no aches, pains, fatigue).
She underwent chemo and rads for breast cancer last year, and during the course of this cold/infection/whatever it is, had her oncologist-required lung CT with contrast. It showed nothing out of the ordinary , but I'm concerned about what this cough could possibly be - and how she could can get rid of it...
I know I was once put on prednisone for a cough that didn't go away, but any ideas?