For the past 15 or so years I have had a dry hacking cough which becomes loose after about 10 minutes. It starts with an irritation in my throat. Sometimes I cough up mucus but not all the time. Then I am clearing my throat for another 15 minutes. This can happen a couple of times in one hour for the entire day. I do cough less at night I have been to every specialist there is...had all the medicines, x-rays, scans that they can conjure up. All results come back negative. I can only sit upright in a chair. If I recline I WILL start to cough. I have to sleep flat on my back and then pray that I don't have an attack. I cough so hard that my back and stomach muscles hurt. . I am going for an endoscopy and am hoping that something shows up other than acid reflux which I have mildly and am taking medicine. If I stand up and walk it relieves the cough and sometimes it goes away however, when I am in the office trying to work I cannot do that. My husband now sleeps in another room as I disturb him too much at night. My poor co-workers must be sick and tired of me. I have spent hundreds of dollars on alternative medications but nothing seems to help. I have had Chinese herbal remedies…nothing. There are certain foods that I dare not eat such as nuts, raw carrots, coconut and anything very sweet. It is getting worse as I get older and being 67, I dread to think what I will be like at 70. I am DESPARATE for an answer to this devastating and debilitating problem.
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