I am 54 years of age and stopped smoking at age 21. I have had this condition for quite some time and am very embarrassed by it. I often avoid being around a lot of people and public places. This saddens me deeply because I have a great sense of humor laughter is my medicine. It helps ease the many stressors in my life; yet I find myself avoiding it around certain people. Also, I am constantly clearing my throat due to a terrible back-drip and I know that too annoys people. What can I do to fix this?I look forward to your response.