So I'm seeing Dr. Kaufman next week for what is 99.9% LPR. Doubled up my Prilosec in the meantime even though no doc told me to (was only prescribed 40mg in am but have learned it's just not enough). I'm just so desperate. I've been eating very well. When i slip even a tiny bit (not even a bite) if it has something acidic on it I start coughing. The coughing is going to hurt me. I cough and cough until i can bring that bit of stinging liquid up and that's the only thing that gets it to stop! But i have to "dig deeper" lately to catch it. obviously no cough meds give me relief. I cough like that day and night. Probably every 15-20 minutes. But it's a violent fit. I turn red can't talk etc. Even just talking can trigger it. a crumb on my tongue.
Well since the doctor is over a week away I asked my internist for some xanax or something just unti then because i think i might be coughing more than i need to, harder than i need to and maybe even making it worse. He said not xanax but he got my point so he gave me a few pills of ativan. I can't explain it but it makes me less anxious about the cough and when i do cough (which is the same amount) it doesn't feel quite so dramatic.
I"m also drinking alkaline water. tons of it. Nothing helps. I mean I feel pretty good but these 3 minute episodes are ruining my life. And I speak for a living!
I"m wondering if i'll get Elavil from Kaufman. A brilliant doc friend of mine says it kind of makes sense because the coughing is from the parasympathetic nervous system and that is what Elavil works on. I guess my question is what am I missing, can i control the cough using breathing for now? I can't even wait the ten days.
And how long have people taken elavil before results?