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Barral
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   Posted 9/21/2010 3:56 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi,

Basically one doctor said I probably have ashtma, now another said I dont. Here are my symptoms.

Bad Breath- (doesnt go away with thorough cleaning so I use chewing gum which does the trick)

Coughing phlegm A LOT- (3 years this has been happening). about every 5-10 minutes I have to go and spit it out. When it started it was a lot worse than it is now though (the thickness and colour).

Red bumps and yellowish tongue- At the top of my tongue I can see the colour is slightly yellowish, I try to brush it away but I nearly threw up yesterday when I tried to reach it with my toothbrush. Red bumps are at top of tongue.

Smelly sneeses- this has only started about two months ago, and it has only happenned about 3-4 times.

Heartburn- used to get it a lot now it is quite rare.

I do take Glucosamine which I read can increase ashtma symptoms, been taking this about 3 years, but I have also started a vigorous exercise regime at a similar time, I dont know if that has anything to do with it.

Post Edited (Barral) : 9/22/2010 5:43:28 AM (GMT-6)


Barral
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   Posted 9/21/2010 3:57 PM (GMT -7)   
Basically I want to get this all sorted out as I am getting nowhere with the doctors

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   Posted 9/21/2010 4:01 PM (GMT -7)   
It doesn't sound like asthma. Asthma is a constriction of the lungs and airways. Do you have a hard time breathing? Have you ever been diagnosed with COPD such as chronic bronchitis? Are you a smoker?
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   Posted 9/21/2010 4:02 PM (GMT -7)   
Oh and btw, we are not doctors here. We can only offer you suggestions but it's up to you to see your doctor for a diagnosis.
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Barral
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   Posted 9/21/2010 4:10 PM (GMT -7)   
Red_34 said...
It doesn't sound like asthma. Asthma is a constriction of the lungs and airways. Do you have a hard time breathing? Have you ever been diagnosed with COPD such as chronic bronchitis? Are you a smoker?


I am not a smoker, and breathing, only when I eat too much really.

Barral
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   Posted 9/21/2010 4:13 PM (GMT -7)   
Please check the other symptoms I added, also I just read that Glucosamine can help bronchitus.

Post Edited (Barral) : 9/21/2010 5:24:16 PM (GMT-6)


couchtater
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   Posted 9/21/2010 5:35 PM (GMT -7)   
See a gastroenterologist. It's sounds like Silent Gerd. Acid reflux is coming up into your lungs causing inflamation.
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   Posted 9/21/2010 8:55 PM (GMT -7)   
Do you have tonsil stones? They can sit in the pits of your tonsils and cause bad breath.

Barral
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   Posted 9/22/2010 4:35 AM (GMT -7)   
I think it may be gerd, I looked it up and have many symptoms, including voice box damage, in which it hurts when I shout, as well as heartburn which I used to get a lot but now it happens rarely but still occurs.

Post Edited (Barral) : 9/22/2010 5:45:00 AM (GMT-6)


Barral
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   Posted 9/22/2010 4:42 AM (GMT -7)   
new symptoms added

Red_34
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   Posted 9/22/2010 5:07 AM (GMT -7)   
You can always try an OTC proton pump inhibitors such as Prilosec or Zantac for a few weeks to see if it helps. Also you might want to try not eating 3 hours before bedtime and raising the head of your bed or sleep on a wedge. If these things help, then you might have GERD and you can take that information to a doctor.
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Barral
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   Posted 9/22/2010 5:29 AM (GMT -7)   
Red_34 said...
You can always try an OTC proton pump inhibitors such as Prilosec or Zantac for a few weeks to see if it helps. Also you might want to try not eating 3 hours before bedtime and raising the head of your bed or sleep on a wedge. If these things help, then you might have GERD and you can take that information to a doctor.


are there any more natural alternatives as I dont want to take pills on a long term basis really?

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   Posted 9/22/2010 5:37 AM (GMT -7)   
Diagnosis is not really to be believed from us members of the public, but hopefully we can come up with some ideas for you to ask a real doctor about.

Smelly stuff in the head sounds like there could be an infection - sinus, something on your tonsils maybe, as deecav said. I had a sinus infection for a year that was not caught until I got a head MRI. Has your doc done any testing? I'd first go to my family doc, then an ENT.

Sinus infections are often not cured with the first round of antibiotics, says my ENT. I've got mine back again a few weeks after treating for the second time this summer. Treating with antibiotic and Mucinex 12-hour (OTC), which thins the mucus and lets it drain naturally.
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Barral
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   Posted 9/22/2010 5:41 AM (GMT -7)   
Alcie said...
Diagnosis is not really to be believed from us members of the public, but hopefully we can come up with some ideas for you to ask a real doctor about.

Smelly stuff in the head sounds like there could be an infection - sinus, something on your tonsils maybe, as deecav said. I had a sinus infection for a year that was not caught until I got a head MRI. Has your doc done any testing? I'd first go to my family doc, then an ENT.

Sinus infections are often not cured with the first round of antibiotics, says my ENT. I've got mine back again a few weeks after treating for the second time this summer. Treating with antibiotic and Mucinex 12-hour (OTC), which thins the mucus and lets it drain naturally.


Well I have been on anti biotics at least once and maybe twice in the last 2 years I am not sure. I know at one time when I had some nose infection I was kissing this girl and she said it made her nose itch aswell, so can sinus infections cause this through contact?

Post Edited (Barral) : 9/22/2010 6:44:14 AM (GMT-6)


Red_34
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   Posted 9/22/2010 5:50 AM (GMT -7)   
As you see, there can be a variety of causes. What did the doctor say it could be - the one that said you didn't have asthma?

I've had numerous sinus infections in the past as far as I know, it never bothered my husband when we kissed. But he sure has made my nose tickle because of his mustache! :)
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Barral
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   Posted 9/22/2010 1:50 PM (GMT -7)   
Red_34 said...
As you see, there can be a variety of causes. What did the doctor say it could be - the one that said you didn't have asthma?

I've had numerous sinus infections in the past as far as I know, it never bothered my husband when we kissed. But he sure has made my nose tickle because of his mustache! :)


The one who said it isnt asthma didnt say it was anything he just told me to record my breathing on a metre which I have done many times already.

Barral
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   Posted 9/22/2010 2:15 PM (GMT -7)   
I booked a doctors appointment with a new doctor in 2 days and I will see what he says..

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   Posted 9/22/2010 3:26 PM (GMT -7)   
Bad breath and lumps have checked out by your DENTIST. It sounds like you may have a gum disease, that I recently had (not that I know you or gave it to you LOL). Heart burn is probably silent acid reflux. Asthma should be diagnosed by a pulmonologist, through proper tests. So when you see your doctor, ask for a referral for acid reflux and pulmonologist and dentist. Sometimes, infection from the mouth can spread body wide.
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couchtater
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   Posted 9/22/2010 5:08 PM (GMT -7)   
Come over to the Gerd forum and read some of our post there. There's much information about silent gerd. I suffered from it. You can search the post on Silent reflux and LPR. We have many people posting natural things they use.
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Barral
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   Posted 9/24/2010 3:27 AM (GMT -7)   
Okay so I saw the doctor this morning, he said that all the symptoms except the mucus are common and nothing to worry about. He said the only sign that there is a problem is the mucus, and he gave me a container to put some in and he will send it to a lab so they can test it.

I said to him that I didnt think the other symptoms were common but he kept saying they are.

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   Posted 9/24/2010 12:55 PM (GMT -7)   
I think you almost certainly have an infection. (thick phlegm, smelly sneezes) but you may also have a hiatal hernia causing the GERD.

Both sinus infections and GERD are difficult to live with. (Check the antibiotic the doctor prescribes carefully online to read the side effects. Some antibiotics especially the ones prescribed for sinus infections have potentially lethal side effects. I developed tendinitis after Levaquin which took weeks of physiotherapy to clear up)

Sinus infections usually recur even after antibiotics. I clear up my sinus infections with regular saline sinus douching, not very pleasant but it works, and I also gained immediate relief from GERD and terrible hiatal hernia pain by self adjusting the hernia. You can find the instructions online.

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   Posted 9/24/2010 2:35 PM (GMT -7)   
If it's your sinus then an ENT might be able to help the best...
Please remember we cannot diagnose you. You have such a array of symptoms
A good ENT (Ears, Nose Throat ) doc should know if your sinus is the problem then you could see the GI doctor
if you think it's GERD. I only say this because the testing for GERD is more painfully then getting your sinsus
looked at.....to get a dx of Gerd usually a endoscope is done and that is outpatient procedure, which I
think is painful....
Anyways good luck to you in what you do.
I hope your feeling better soon....
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couchtater
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   Posted 9/24/2010 2:57 PM (GMT -7)   
Endoscopy of the GI tract can be done under sedation and it doesn't hurt at all. :)
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   Posted 9/25/2010 4:52 AM (GMT -7)   
I agree, endoscopy does not hurt and is vital for a correct diagnosis as to the cause of GERD.

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   Posted 9/25/2010 6:14 AM (GMT -7)   
Non smokers have asthma & COPD.........
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