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Chronic Cough

By Anonymous August 26, 2017 - 12:31pm
 
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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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Anonymous

Sometimes people have something called post nasal drip..when nasal fluid or mucous goes to your throat sometimes it causes a person to cough constantly. Perhaps an ears nose and throat doctor could help. Good luck

October 10, 2017 - 6:04am
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Hi, Anon.

Thank you for sharing your story.

I'm sorry you are going through this. Hopefully, the endoscopy will give you some answers. Acid reflux can cause this kind of a cough. I know you say you have a mild case. Perhaps that, combined with something else (allergies or excessive saliva) is a contributing factor. Good luck with your test. Keep us updated.

Helena

August 26, 2017 - 1:10pm
(reply to Helena)

Thanks for responding so promptly. I will keep you posted.

August 26, 2017 - 2:02pm
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Anonymous (reply to Pudload)

I have the exact same symptoms with the exact same medical non diagnosis but I do not have acid reflux and with all of modern medicine I just find it really disturbing that no one knows what causes this. Please let me know if you get some positive answers

October 8, 2017 - 9:47pm
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

My endoscopy came up with nothing. I am now floundering... It's really terrible!

October 10, 2017 - 5:18pm
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