Chronic cough with mucus

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Date Joined Dec 2011
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   Posted 12/15/2011 10:08 AM (GMT -6)   
Just curious, anyone here have a constant cough producing mucus. Also have a constant urge to clear my throat.
Have suffered with acid reflux for several years. I basically sleep sitting up on the sofa. Went to U.S.C. yesterday to have the Bravo p.h. monitor placed. This cough has ruined my life, no longer go out to eat or the movies. Tired of getting disgusted looks when I'm coughing at the store.
It is my hope the results from the pH test will give some guidance as what to do next. I'm open to all options including surgery, just want my life back!

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Date Joined Nov 2011
Total Posts : 417
   Posted 12/15/2011 10:40 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Fina --
Welcome to the forum!  You will find a lot of folks like you here.  Since you already describe yourself as being diagnosed with reflux, what you describe are symptoms of LPR...a complication of GERD.  I also have LPR, and, like you, have the faux-asthmatic symptoms you noted.  Also affecting me are chronic hoarseness/laryngitis and dysphagia, although I keep these somewhat under control by sleeping somewhat upright, not eating several hours before bed, and taking Gaviscon before laying down.  I am intolerant of PPIs.
I totally empathize with your comment about how this disease has ruined your life!  I was a professional singer before losing my voice, and even now, haven't been able to significantly manage the condition to return my life to normal.  I would give nearly anything to have my life back, and my voice.  I had the TIF surgery in August, and while the procedure was successful in bringing my reflux into a "normal" range, since I have LPR -- and therefore a weak pharyngeal sphincter in addition to the LES -- that amount of reflux is still an issue in causing symptoms/damage.
The Bravo pH study will give you and your doctor a lot of information, and he will be able to assess the degree of your reflux on the DeMeester scale.  This will give him an indication of the severity (which you are already aware!), and make recommendations.
Take some time and read through the threads here.  You will find a lot of information, and experiences from folks like you.  Sometimes it's helpful just to know there are others out there, as this is sometimes a solitary disease, and doctors aren't always very helpful or knowledgable.
Best wishes.

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Date Joined Apr 2007
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   Posted 12/15/2011 11:31 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello Fina

Welcome to the GERD Forum, we are very happy to have you here with us.

I was diagnosed with GERD about 7 years ago, even though it had gone on for many more years than that. You're right when you say GERD can ruin your life. Are you on any meds for it to help control it? I take meds and watch my diet closely.  Obviously youe GERD is more severe then mine.  However, hold your head up high when you go out; ignore the looks as you have GERD and you did not ask for it.  Don't let it steal you life.

I will be waiting to hear how your PH test turns out. 

Feel free to browse throughout the forum and if you need help navigating through it, just ask and I'll be happy to help.

Again Welcome to the forum, keep posting and we hope to get to know you better.




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