2. Severe Coughing
One of the most famous symptoms of TB that you have likely seen on movies or television shows is coughing that can become quite severe. Some patients experience coughing all of the time, to the point that it becomes difficult or next to impossible to sleep. Since the cough reaction is so strong, it is unlikely that regular over the counter cough treatments will have much of an impact at all on the severity or duration of the cough.
Another sign of TB is coughing up blood, which may or may not happen in all people. TB attacks the lungs, so bleeding is pretty normal in this situation, and when the coughing happens it brings that blood up from the lungs and out into the mouth. This can be a very uncomfortable situation for patients who are suffering from the effects of TB, but it provides useful knowledge for diagnosis.