mucous and bad taste in back of my throat

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gumby44
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   Posted 2/28/2012 9:12 PM (GMT -6)   
I've been struggling with constant mucous and a horrible taste in the back of my throat since mid-December. First, I was attributing it to Prednisone, but I have been off of it for a month. I have been on two rounds of Flagyl, so I though maybe it was that, but I finished my second round of antibiotics on Sunday, and the taste/mucous is still there. I take omeprazole daily. I do burp a lot, but I am not having traditional heartburn, so it doesn't seem refllux related. I also did a two week course of Diflucan, a few weeks ago, because my doc said that I had some yeast on my upper endoscopy in Sept., and it may have been that. I also even tried antihistimines to see if that would work. So I am at a loss. Nothing seems to be working, and it's driving me a bit crazy. My GI doesn't know what it is. He said to wait awhile, and if it doesn't go away, then he can do another upper scope, but I don't know how useful that would be. I'm wondering if it just takes awhile for the Flagyl icky taste to wear off. I'm feeling much better overall. Any ideas for something else for me to try??? Thanks
53 yr. old female, diagnosed with Crohn's in terminal ileum Sept-Oct. 2007. Also have IBS. Disease spread 12/11 to distal ileum Dx. with c.difficile and gastroparesis 1/12.
MEDS: Pentasa- 6 500mg pills per day, Omeprazole, Xanax for sleep, Phenergan, Domperidone, probiotics

kazbern
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   Posted 2/28/2012 9:57 PM (GMT -6)   
What about a nasal steroid? And you can try sinus lavage - I use a saline mist in the shower and it really helps "freshen" my sinuses in the morning.
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gumby44
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   Posted 2/28/2012 10:00 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm not having any sinus pain and I've never had a sinus infection. I don't even have any allergies that I know of. Do you think it can still be sinus related? I was thinking of seeing an ENT, but this all seemed to start with my Crohn's flare, so I still think it might be GI related....it sure doesn't seem like reflux though, so I'm really stumped!
53 yr. old female, diagnosed with Crohn's in terminal ileum Sept-Oct. 2007. Also have IBS. Disease spread 12/11 to distal ileum Dx. with c.difficile and gastroparesis 1/12.
MEDS: Pentasa- 6 500mg pills per day, Omeprazole, Xanax for sleep, Phenergan, Domperidone, probiotics

C6H12O6
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   Posted 2/28/2012 11:31 PM (GMT -6)   
I have drainage in the back of my throat (mucous) all the time, so it could indeed be that you have some excess mucous buildup in your sinuses that is getting drained down your throat. You can try decongestants, sinus rinses, or saline spray on your own and see if that helps at all. I am on allergy shots once a week, and have 1 to 2 sinus infections per year so I just deal with the drainage so as not to be on more medications than necessary. It also could be that you do indeed have a sinus infection that is located in the rear-most sinuses (thus explaining why you don't have copious amounts of yellow-green snot pouring out your nose). Do you have any sinus pressure? Fever? Eye pressure? Does it hurt a lot if you press down on the top-front part of your skull (like 3 inches or so from the top of your forehead)?
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gumby44
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   Posted 2/29/2012 9:09 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi C6..thanks for your response....it is such a weird symptom...I don't have any sinus pressure, eye pressure, forehead pain etc. Just the constant horrible taste in my mouth and endless thick mucous, way in the back of my throat. My son has chronic sinus problems, so I'm familiar with his symptoms, and mine are not at all like his. My nose is clear and never runs at all. Maybe I'll try being consistent with decongestants and see if it helps at all. Thanks
53 yr. old female, diagnosed with Crohn's in terminal ileum Sept-Oct. 2007. Also have IBS. Disease spread 12/11 to distal ileum Dx. with c.difficile and gastroparesis 1/12.
MEDS: Pentasa- 6 500mg pills per day, Omeprazole, Xanax for sleep, Phenergan, Domperidone, probiotics

mirowpl
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   Posted 2/29/2012 6:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Gumby, this sounds like allergies. and they can show up later in life. I woudl discuss with your primary care about it. Be careful with the over the counter decongestants. they can drive up blood presures and such.

gumby44
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   Posted 2/29/2012 7:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks, I think I'll schedule a visit with my PCP. I have spent so much time with my GI doc, that I've neglected everything else
53 yr. old female, diagnosed with Crohn's in terminal ileum Sept-Oct. 2007. Also have IBS. Disease spread 12/11 to distal ileum Dx. with c.difficile and gastroparesis 1/12.
MEDS: Pentasa- 6 500mg pills per day, Omeprazole, Xanax for sleep, Phenergan, Domperidone, probiotics

gumby44
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   Posted 2/29/2012 7:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks, I think I'll schedule a visit with my PCP. I have spent so much time with my GI doc, that I've neglected everything else
53 yr. old female, diagnosed with Crohn's in terminal ileum Sept-Oct. 2007. Also have IBS. Disease spread 12/11 to distal ileum Dx. with c.difficile and gastroparesis 1/12.
MEDS: Pentasa- 6 500mg pills per day, Omeprazole, Xanax for sleep, Phenergan, Domperidone, probiotics

minnietoty
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   Posted 3/1/2012 12:59 PM (GMT -6)   
I can have mucus and this weird taste when my GERD is active. All the time, mucus builds up in my throat and I need to clear it up or I either lose my voice temporarily or my voice becomes hoarse. I'm on Nexium 80 mg/day, still, I can have this. In such cases, I reinforce the effect of Nexium with either Zantac or Mucosta (Rabimipide) (an anti-ulcers drug).
Hope you feel better soon:)

LinXcurious
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   Posted 3/1/2013 1:27 PM (GMT -6)   
This is a condition called LPR. It is where a small amount of reflux is getting through the EUS valve (before the throat. The larynx then produces a clear mucus that is a natural defence against the acid to capture it. This mucus is copious and when mixed with the acid/pepsin/bile it has a bitter chemical taste. Do you get a slight pain below your left rib ever?

Treatment is trickier than traditional reflux. PPI's twice a day for at least 6 months. Regular bland non acidic fluids to flush out the reflux the right way and thin the mucus. Low fat, natural (clean foods) which are not too acidic. Chewing a little gum after a meal seems to help too.

If I have a bad day and the mucus has a chemical taste I often feel a little nauseous too. There is no real cure for this condition at the moment but with the right diet and approach it can be made less troublesome.

Stress also seems to make it worse so do your best to manage this.

Good luck turn

gumby44
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   Posted 3/1/2013 2:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks, but this is a really old post...not sure how it recycled around. I'm much better now....thanks
54 yr. old female, diagnosed with Crohn's in terminal ileum Sept-Oct. 2007. Also have GERD and IBS, gastroparesis (Dx. with c.difficile 1/12- now resolved)

MEDS: Pentasa- 6 500mg pills per day, Dexilant, Domperidone, Metamucil, colace, miralax as needed, Culturelle probiotics .25 xanax for sleep prn

rustykayak1
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   Posted 1/22/2014 6:13 PM (GMT -6)   
Sorry for commenting on an old forum, but I have been having the same symptoms as you, gumby44, would you mind me asking how you got over the symptoms? I burp alot and have nasty putrid taste in the back of my throat, especially when exercising? Thank you very much :)

gumby44
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   Posted 1/22/2014 8:59 PM (GMT -6)   
I really think it was Flagyl related and it took a long time to wear off. I still have bad reflux and I also burp a lot, but I don't have the bad taste anymore. Sorry I can't help more....I didn't actually do anything. It just went away on its own.
55 yr. old female, diagnosed with Crohn's in terminal ileum Sept-Oct. 2007. Also have GERD and IBS (Dx. with c.difficile 1/12- now resolved)

MEDS: Pentasa- 6 500mg pills per day, Dexilant, Metamucil, colace, miralax as needed, probiotics .25 xanax for sleep prn
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