I'm a 54yo woman and have been suffering this horrible indignation, like all of you since Nov, 2003 after suffering a bad cold. I realized something was wrong when that gentle "after sickness cough" decided to become a grown Grizzly Bear Cough! When everyone at work started looking at me sideways and one gal actually told me to go home, I knew something had to give.
I went through more steroids and nerd meds than I care to remember. And the creative ways they wanted me to take them?!? OH MY GOSH!!! I thought they were supposed to be EDUCATED medical doctors! Not trying to play hop-scotch and twister at the same time with my medicine, NOT knowing if it would work or not. Crazy fools!
But if that's not enough, I even got to make two trips to the Mayo Clinic. THEY most certainly would be able to do SOMETHING, right?!?! *sighs* You got it, utter failure!
I did finally find my ultimate TOTAL RELIEF when I went to get help for weight loss and was put on Phentermine and Topiramate. The Phentermine raised my metabolism and shrieked my mucous membranes.
OMG...I could BREATH again! No more drip, drip. No, hatching cough. No clearing of the throat. No more thick mucous in my throat in the morning. No more dried mucous on my putter nose that no one tells me about.
Unfortunately, this is only a temporary bandaid. This isn't meant to be taken over a long period of time.
Went to see another doctor. He says It's all in my mind. LOL After reading all of your stories, I feel so much better that I'm not alone. Matter of fact, zI think I'm going to send my doctor the link to this page so he can see I'm NOT the only one!
You folks have given me hope through our mutual suffering. Hang in there for those who still do.
I think it is overactive glands in the throat, but nobody seems interested in this and nobody has a solution, They look askance when I said I chewed peppermint gum, but the peppermint is a decongestant and clears the nose and throat at the same time. One doctor even said peppermint is no good because it relaxes the sphincter on the stomach leading to more acid escaping I suppose. But until they have a better solution, this is what works for me. Good luck everyone and keep reading and pressing your doctors to help find a solution. As an aside, I just returned from my opthalmologist who said that I might have overactive tear glands because I have too much fluid in my eyes, and even surgery to reposition my tear ducts did not resolve the problem. He is sending me to another colleague who does botox injections to relax the gland in the eye to try to control the over production of tears. It’s a wonderful life but you have to be your own doctor and direct them where to look.
Hi: Yes, I have the same problem. I am a 73-year-old female and it is terrible. I have been to an ENT doctor who also thought it was GERD. He referred me to a gastroenterologist, but I don't think that is going to help. I have taken medications also for allergies and GERD, to no avail. It seems the doctors never have answers, and I am getting tired paying them the co-pay of $35, as I live only on Social Security, a limited income. I have also tried the home remedies, not helping. I would just like to get an actual diagnosis of what is causing it, so that maybe I would know what I was treating. But, my ENT doctor is a jerk.
I believe it is a gluten allergy. If I have gluten I will fill up with mucus in my throat, like I am drowning in it. I have to suck on Halls constantly or I will cough till I vomit. It takes a while to get it out of your system. I would try it.
This cough, mine is.....as so many describe, constant throughout the day, sometimes coughing so bad it takes my breath away making it hard to get my breath. It's like there's a feather dangling in my through, tickling till I cough,( it's the mucas)
I've been and had camara up me nose, chest x rays, allergy pills, allergy nose drops, allergy stuff. All clear thankfully.
I read one of these messages on here about milk other drinking milk or diary stuff, I've not drank milk now for months and months, it has helped a lot, for me especially at night, oh and at night, weirdly it's worse if I sleep on my left side, so I sleep on the right.
Spicy stuff, is no for me including Brown sauce, curries etc, etc ......salad cream, that's really not good for me.i can be coughing in minutes after that stuff
I'm interested in other theories ,I'm thinking (just my thoughts, I'm not qualified in any way at all) I'm thinking, something I'm eating is telling my body to produce more mucas, I'm a lot better for giving up milk, but most menus nearly all the food has milk in it.
I still have a cough but no where near what it was.
Mucas all day is not the ideal,and I've had it so long I'm sort of used to it,sad really.
I am glad I had the essay and checks, if you having had these done,I'd say why not..tick it off the list of possibilities.
I hope this has helped someone, if you disagree with anything I've mentioned, please by all means put me right with the facts.
Good luck with this,
Salad cream or mayonase is really bad for me, coughing in minutes,
Just a thought.may or may not help
Good luck, I've had this for ages,
If you think food is a key to this, what do you think your worst food may be.
It y be something I could try and do without
Just a thought.