Constant drip and clearing of throat

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cokie
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   Posted 9/26/2014 1:32 PM (GMT -6)   
I have posted here on and off since 2011... For the most part, the past year has been good. However, about three months ago, I developed an upper respiratory infection where I lost my voice for a few days and was hoarse for weeks.. Now three months later, I feel like I have constant mucous in my throat and am constantly clearing it.. I also have hoarseness occasionally.. I am not on anything for GERD anymore but my doctor thinks this is what may be causing this..Has anyone else experienced this?

healthy2014
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   Posted 9/29/2014 6:19 PM (GMT -6)   
I have constant nasal drip, clearing of the throat and a persistent cough. Not normally hoarseness. I'm pretty sure mine is caused by GERD however it's not controlled by my PPI. That could be because I have a hernia as well. I'm having surgery soon so, I'll see what happens from there. My doctors and I have ruled out sinus or blood pressure med. side effects.

Hope you figure out what's causing your drip and clearing. I know it's very annoying at the least.

dencha
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   Posted 9/29/2014 7:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi healthy,

While GERD/LPR can cause lots of sinus/throat/voice symptoms, so can allergy. Have you been tested to see what you're allergic to? With allergies you can develop chronic sinus irritation/infection, which will create the symptoms you're describing.

I do have PND, and have had it my entire life. It sometimes decreases, but I pretty much always have it to some degree. When I'm dealing with pollen season, it really increases. Also, when the heat turns on in winter, the dry air causes my PND to increase.

Just want to suggest that GERD/LPR aren't the only cause.
Good luck with it! I have times when it's pretty controlled, but PND is a tough "nut" to crack, so to speak.

Best wishes,
Denise

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cokie
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   Posted 9/30/2014 12:34 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for your replies..I am seeing an ENT next Thursday.
The interesting point is that I was taking a product byStandard Process called Zypan when this throat clearing began four months ago..my chiropractor recommended it to me because I was having chest pains caused by esophageal spasm..Miraculously, it cleared up the chest pains but this mucous with throat clearing began.. Zypan contains hydrochloric acid and digestive enzymes and it was given to me because the chiropractor thought I had too little aciD

healthy2014
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   Posted 10/2/2014 2:05 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Dencha,

I have had an allergy test, it was several years ago. No allergies to the typical irritants. I used to sleep with humidifier but it really didn't help. I do have a deviated septum but it's very slight and my doctor doesn't seem to think that would cause an issue. I've also had a CT scan on my sinuses. Still nothing. I could probably live with the PND but the persistent cough is awful and I'm hoping surgery on my paraesophegeal hernia (spelling ?) and the Nissen for the GERD will help with the coughing.

healthy2014
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   Posted 10/2/2014 2:07 PM (GMT -6)   
I've always kidded with my PND that I'm going to buy stock in Kleenex. I'm enough to keep them in business.

SharonZ
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   Posted 10/3/2014 8:25 AM (GMT -6)   
Lillye
My GERD contributed to my asthma problems, in fact it was my pulmonary doctor and not my gastro doctor that suggested further testing. Is it possible that you suffer from seasonal allergies? I would ask the doctor if he thinks you should try to go back on your GERD medication and see if that helps.

SharonZ
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   Posted 10/3/2014 8:25 AM (GMT -6)   
Lillye
My GERD contributed to my asthma problems, in fact it was my pulmonary doctor and not my gastro doctor that suggested further testing. Is it possible that you suffer from seasonal allergies? I would ask the doctor if he thinks you should try to go back on your GERD medication and see if that helps.

cokie
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   Posted 10/3/2014 11:06 AM (GMT -6)   
Actually, I got tested yesterday..after scoping me, my ENT thinks it is definitely GERD so put me back on my meds...already better

healthy2014
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   Posted 10/3/2014 10:20 PM (GMT -6)   
Wow, that's good to hear.

cokie
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   Posted 10/17/2014 9:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Well- my improvement was short lived..I have the throat clearing and now a constant lump in my throat...I really don't have any sinus symptoms so my ENT doesn't feel it is allergies..literally, I have had GI issues since 2011.. I had so many tests in 2011..I had my gallbladder removed because my HIDA scan showed low functioning...I think that was probably a mistake because I remained nauseated for a year and lost 30 pounds and was already thin...it was a nightmare...
Now I have this throat clearing and feeling of a lump in my throat...I am on Protonix in AM and Zantac in PM... It may help a bit but I still have mucous and the lump...
We are leaving to go to anew a York for a month...We rented a house in the Catskills for two weeks, and then plan to be in the city for a week...I was so looking forward to going but I feel miserable with this feeling... My GI refused to do an endoscope until I am on the meds for a month to six weeks..
If I do have LPR as suggested by my ENT, wouldn't the PPI and the h2 blocker be working after two weeks?
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