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dragonfly423
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   Posted 6/10/2008 4:14 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi All,
I have a question of any of you. I have had a TERRIBLE cough since March after a URI especially at night when I'm trying to sleep. Had a chest x-ray in April and everything was clear and clean. Last week I had a breathing test ( for asthma) and I scored a 106% (Not bad for my age 54 and being an ex smoker). My MD said he truly thinks it's GERD ( I do have hyatal hernia). So on Aciphex and Ritanidine (generic for zantac I believe) It will be one week tomorrow and I'm still coughing at night and haven't slept a full night in a long time without coughing and gaging. I'd appreciate any feed back from anyone if you've experienced similar symptoms or have any ideas.
Thanks to all who answer
yeah  

dragonfly423
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   Posted 6/10/2008 5:44 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm familiar with homeopathic remedies. So I'll give it a try. I'm curious if anyone else suffers with this "cough" that has GERD.
Thanks
Dragonfly

Bobca
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   Posted 6/10/2008 7:26 PM (GMT -6)   

I was diagnosed with GERD 2 months ago. One of my symptons was a terrible cough. I was put on Pantoloc (Protonix) for 2 months, and was recently put on Nexium. The cough had subsided (but not totally disappeared) with the Pantaloc, but since I have started the Nexium (about 4 days ago) the cough has been more harsh. I guess my GERD has to get use to the new medication.

The cough is always worse while you sleep because you are lying down making the acid in your stomach easier to get to your throat and that causes the cough. Also at night you are not swallowing you saliva at the same frequency than than during the day giving the acid an easier time to get to your throat. Try sleeping on your left side at an elevated incline, let gravity be your friend.

 

Good Luck

Bobcat


dragonfly423
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   Posted 6/10/2008 7:43 PM (GMT -6)   
Bobcat,
Thanks! After reading a lot of these posts I'm almost wondering if I have LPR! I know my MD said if these med's didn't work he wanted me to see an ENT.
I appreciate your advise.
Thanks,
Dragonfly

percycat
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   Posted 6/13/2008 4:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Dragonfly,

I was diagnosed with LPR in March. I didn't have much of a cough with it, but two weeks ago, I came down with the URI bug that's been going around. Now the cough just won't let up. Maybe the LPR exacerbates it?

Anyhow, it was my ENT doc who diagnosed me. A week earlier, my GI doc, after a clean GI scope (which skips past the larynx), had said I had no problems at all and shouldn't have to take GERD meds. Go figure!

percycat

dragonfly423
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   Posted 6/13/2008 9:28 PM (GMT -6)   

eyes I  had a URI that  preceeded this horrible cough. But now have been taking OTC Prilosec and this is day 2. It seems that the cough is subsiding. I actually slept from 11:30 to 4:00 am last night which was wonderful! The longest I've slept uninterupted since March. I'm still keeping the ENT appointment.

Good luck with that cough.

Dragonfly

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