Would you go to the doctor?

So I pretty much never go to the doctor. For anything, let alone a cold. Well i have this cough it started probably 3 weeks ago. Seemed to be getting better last week and then bam, two days ago it started getting terrible. I only cough stuff up every once in awhile but the feeling it’s giving me in my lower esophagus and my chest is awful. It’s not just in my throat anymore like it was before. It hurts/makes me feel like I’m straining to breathe but I’m really not if that makes sense. Is it time to bite the bullet and go to the doctor? I know this probably sounds stupid but I legitimately have a huge fear of doctors. I have terrible anxiety and the thought of going to the doctor makes me want to jump out of my skin so I don’t want to go if I don’t have to.