Doctors say I don't have allergies, cough up phlegm daily, WHAT IS IT?

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   Posted 9/9/2012 11:49 AM (GMT -6)   
Last year I starting having allergenic side effects: sneezing a lot, coughing up chunks of phlegm every morning (usually orange or clear with black specs in them sometimes) and a little throughout the day, also I was having mono-like symptoms of feelings tired all the time even if I did get full nights worth of sleep. I do have Asthma so I think it might have something to do with it...

Went to the doctor and took an Allergy test, came back with nothing. They even took an x-ray to see if I had built up mucus in my sinuses, nothing. They even stuck tubes down my nose and throat to see if they could see signs of an effected area, nothing. They told me I might just be allergic to the stuff in the area, and that once I graduated and moved away, I'd be fine. Well I moved away and still have the same symptoms. So I spent a lot of money on tests and still have not resolved my symptoms, so I am very skeptical about going back to the doctors again.

I'm been taking all kinds of allergy medications and haven't see a significant difference at all. I've also be prescribed Astepro, Nasonex and Fluticasone, which none of those work either.

Since doctors couldn't find anything, I'm asking you guys for help and advice before I go back to see them! Thanks :)

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   Posted 9/12/2012 5:43 PM (GMT -6)   
GERD (acid reflux) is a possibility -- the acid can irritate your esophagus, and sometimes your body reacts by producing extra mucus to protect the esophagus.

You may want to test this theory by trying a med like Prilosec and/or avoiding common GERD trigger foods, such as caffeine, soda, alcohol, chocolate, acidic foods (citrus, tomatoes, pineapple, etc.), garlic, onions, spicy food, deep-fried or fatty foods, and mint.... Triggers can vary from person to person but that's a good starting list. A doctor can also perform an endoscopy to look for damage in the esophagus and stomach, but most doctors diagnose GERD by trying meds and/or diet, and if it works, then you must have had GERD :)

(I have GERD so this comes to mind!)

Post Edited (girl_geek) : 9/13/2012 8:33:06 AM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 9/13/2012 8:36 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Kris, welcome to the forum.

Docs miss stuff all the time. What test did the doc run? The skin prick tests can be helpful, but the blood tests are notoriously unreliable.

Docs can't see into the sinuses and x-rays don't show soft tissue, can miss an infection. My ENT missed my chronic infections 3 visits, sent me to a neurologist who did a CT scan which showed the infection and completely filled sinus. Sinus surgery to open passages was no help. I've still got the deviated septum blocking one sinus and the bugs get in there and breed.

I pick up new infections every time my grandkids get them. The only way to prevent this is to wash, wash and rewash hands, never touch mouth, face or nose after touching anyone.

You might try one of the sinus wash gadgets. I prefer the squeeze bottle because I can get a little pressure going. The ones that just let water run through don't get my mix into the sinuses. Since yours haven't been opened they could even be swollen shut from inflamation.

My allergist's rinse mix is 1/2 tsp salt, pinch of baking soda. I don't worry about bottled boiling water. Tap water in modern countries should be sterile for most purposes. I just barely warm 8 oz water 15 - 30 sec in microwave. Not hot!

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   Posted 9/13/2012 10:19 PM (GMT -6)   
You MUST get a correct diagnosis! Coughing up colored phlegm is a sign of lung cancer. I know because that's what my mother did for a year before her diagnosis. She was given 10 different antibiotics, one after another to clear up the "bronchitis". Her general doctor read her chest xray instead of sending it to radiology, and missed seeing the small tumor at the beginning of all this. When it was finally figured out, she was at stage 3B and very ill. She lived another year and a half enduring chemotherapy and radiation treatments. So, bottom line you must have a correct diagnosis. If it is something serious, you may have a chance if it is treated early. If the next test shows nothing keep asking for answers and if your doctor doesn't take it seriously get another doctor who will. Your life can depend on the help you get or don't get.
Best of luck
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