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What's up with coughing up a lung?(5 posts)

What's up with coughing up a lung?Ken of Fresno
Jun 22, 2003 7:13 PM
I'm sure we've all done it. You work yourself right to the brink of exhaustion, and then the phlegm starts to flow. Any of you physiology buffs out there know exactly what it is that causes this phenomenon? The things you think about when you have to spit.

Check this link...noveread
Jun 23, 2003 5:42 AM
I posted the same question back in May. Check this link:

noveread "Why do I cough???" 5/10/03 5:07am

Or search this board for "why do I cough"

Check out the reply from Sievers11. He hit it spot on for me.

That's a good answer, but I'm not sure I buy it completelyKen of Fresno
Jun 23, 2003 7:09 AM
It must also be related to an individual's own ability to process oxygen, because I'm sure the pros move a lot more oxygen than I do and they're not always spitting up phlegm (or are they???). And I think it was less than 30 min before I started feeling it. I was still on the bike

Hmm, no, something different then... nmnoveread
Jun 23, 2003 7:35 AM
re: What's up with coughing up a lung?Triphop
Jun 23, 2003 7:24 AM
This happened to me yesterday after my mtn. bike race. Today my lungs are somewhat sore and throat raw from the prolonged coughing. When I went anaerobic, which was pretty quick, I had a metallic taste in my mouth, which eventually subsided. Anyone else get that as well?

Is it safe to say that from Seivers11 post in the link to the earlier thread, that this is normal due to not being in shape for such hard efforts?