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kyepen
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   Posted 10/24/2009 4:59 PM (GMT -6)   
I am hoping someone will read this and help me as obviously my Dr's can't.  I will try to start from the beginning.  about 8 weeks ago I had a sinus flair up that lead to a constant DRY cough.  The cough became so severe that my Dr.  has kept me out of work trying to figure out what is wrong.  For about 2-3 weeks she treated me with steriods and antibiotics(shots in the office sometimes).  I got no better.  The cough made extreme fatigue set in.  At no time have I had a fever.  She also put me on a nebulizer and an inhaler.  Then we went to 250/50 Advair.  The only thing that works at making the cough go away is Predisone.  However, everytime she starts weening me off the Predisone, the cough comes back and now a constant wheezing when I come off it.  She has been at witts end and has sent me to a Pulminologist.  I have had a chest xray, ct chest scan, pulminary function tests, and a bronchoscopy.  I have been told all look normal and good.  In the last 3 weeks I have started having a painful tightness in my chest.  The tightness is almost constant.  I have had 2 EKG's because of this and they are normal.  I feel like I am going crazy......depression is now my demon!!!  I know how I feel and I am not imagining it.  Could this be severe asthma?  I need any help anyone can give.  Thanks in advance.
 
 
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   Posted 10/24/2009 9:13 PM (GMT -6)   
It could be GERD. I've had a cough for three years. I drove an allergist and a pulmologist crazy for two years. Then I saw a GI and he ran four tests and found out acid was irritating my windpipe.

Joy
Health problems: sleep apnea, hypothyroidism, GERD, glaucoma, OA, environmental, food, and drug allergies, asthma, high cholesterol, pre-diabetic
Medications:Nexium 2X a day, 300mg Zantac, K-Dur, Lasix 2X a day, Zyrtec, Zocor, Lumigan, fish oil, B12, Substex, calcium + D, Advair, Albuteral, nebulizer
 
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kyepen
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   Posted 10/25/2009 1:27 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for your reply couchtater. I do have GERD. I take Nexium which controls it most of the time. I didnt put this in my initial post but last week I had a flair up in my sleep and along with the cough I could not catch my breath and the burning from the acid in my throat almost made it impossible to swallow. Scared us so we ended up calling 911 and spending 3 hours in the ER.

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   Posted 10/25/2009 6:59 AM (GMT -6)   
From what you describe, yes it sounds like it could be your GERD and not asthma. I think the reason you are seeing such great benefits from prednisone is because it is reducing the inflammation in your throat. Have you ever had an endoscope to reveal if there is any damage from your GERD?
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kyepen
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   Posted 10/25/2009 9:52 AM (GMT -6)   
No I have not had an endoscope but the pulminologist said after the Bronchoscopy that my lungs and airways all looked good....I have had GERD for quite a few years, would this just be a problem now with the shortness of breath and tightness in my chest?

couchtater
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   Posted 10/25/2009 7:43 PM (GMT -6)   
Mine just got worse in the last three years. So I'm facing surgery (EsophyX TIF).
The bronchoscopy doesn't look at your esophagus and stomach.
You may need an acid monitor for a little bit. It's called a Bravo. The doctor puts it in during an EGD and you wear a monitor for two days.
Please see a GI for tests.

Joy
Health problems: sleep apnea, hypothyroidism, GERD, glaucoma, OA, environmental, food, and drug allergies, asthma, high cholesterol, pre-diabetic
Medications:Nexium 2X a day, 300mg Zantac, K-Dur, Lasix 2X a day, Zyrtec, Zocor, Lumigan, fish oil, B12, Substex, calcium + D, Advair, Albuteral, nebulizer
 
I don't suffer from insanity, I enjoy every minute of it!
 
 

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