Posted 3/15/2014 8:51 AM (GMT -7)
I gratefully welcome your thoughts. I'll try to describe my cough as best I can, & please ask away:
I have a chronic and constant, can be several times per minute at worst, feeling of a lump or strong tickle in my lower throat, the voice box area. I am a trained singer so I know little bit about the throat, diaphragm, breathing, larynx control, etc.
I clear my throat, a hacking process, when I feel this sensation and it is almost always non-productive, but can produce a little white mucous. Almost every morning I hack up a little white sticky mucous ball.
I can't swallow this throat lump away or clear it by blowing my nose.
I sometimes, 10% of the time, also experience difficulty swallowing as if the mucous is stuck at my voice box. I can also, 5% of the time, experience a choking sensation. I sometimes, 10% of the time, feel a gurgling at the site of my voice box too.
I have been to ENT, respiratory specialist, allergist & GI. I've had the Nissen which improved all my GI acid reflux symptoms except this coughing problem. I was especially delighted to get my deep breathing and associated control back. I was told by surgeon that 30% of Nissen patients experience no relief from this cough, even though online research says about 20% don't, seems like a lot to me.
I do have seasonal allergies. I have lived and traveled the world - so, climate & location don't seem to make a difference. This coughing has become incrementally worse for the last 5 years. It started about 7 years ago. If it makes any difference I have hemochromatosis & get regular phlebotomy for it. I have a good diet,
exercise fairly regularly & consider myself otherwise healthy.
I hope this helps. All great ideas welcome as this problem is ruining my singing opportunities, my family and I are both really done with this irritating and obnoxious behavior. It is only getting worse.
Thanks so much,