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Noz
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   Posted 4/24/2013 6:29 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm 28 years old, male and over the last 10 years I have kept getting a cough that lasts for over a month, usually in the winter. I've been to doctors many times, taken so many kinds of medicine and nothing really seems to help much.

Right now I have had it for around 2 months, and it feels like it is just getting worse and worse. Every morning about 5 minutes to 30 minutes after I wake up the coughing begins, usually with a little dry sticky mucus in the first few coughs. and this continues for about an hour. Also if I lay on my back at any point in the day I'll start to cough. This is really ruining my life right now! I can't bare it any more. Does anyone have any idea at all what could be causing this? Specifically it is after I wake up and get out of bed.

Red_34
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   Posted 4/24/2013 8:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Have you tried sleeping on a few pillows or raising the head of your bed? Sometimes if this is post nasal drip related, elevation while sleeping can help. Do you happen to have acid reflux?
SHERRY
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Noz
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   Posted 4/25/2013 4:42 AM (GMT -6)   
Red_34 said...
Have you tried sleeping on a few pillows or raising the head of your bed? Sometimes if this is post nasal drip related, elevation while sleeping can help. Do you happen to have acid reflux?

I think it helps a little if I lay on my back but not by much, so I usually sleep on my side but still have problems anyway. If I had acid reflux I should have some acid type symptom like heartburn or something else right? I only have the cough/phlem.

Red_34
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   Posted 4/25/2013 7:22 AM (GMT -6)   
Not necessarily. There is a condition called silent GERD. I have this and I have never had heart burn associated with it. I'm not saying you have this but it can be a possibility.
SHERRY
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Noz
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   Posted 5/5/2013 2:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Is there any way to check if I have this? And what can I do to treat it if I do?

I still have the problem, is coming up to around 2 months now and seems to be getting worse :(

Razzle
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   Posted 5/5/2013 10:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Silent GERD is only one possibility.

But some research has discovered that chronic sinus problems are often due to a fungal infection in the sinuses. Try Xlear sinus rinse (follow the label directions), and use a neti pot with saline to rinse your sinuses several times a day.

If the sinus rinses don't help, does taking an antihistamine like Benadryl or Zyrtec help?

And if those don't help, maybe taking Tagamet or Zantac might help - even if you don't have acid reflux, these meds block a different type of histamine that sometimes can contribute to allergy type symptoms.
-Razzle

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mjjones
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   Posted 5/8/2013 7:33 AM (GMT -6)   
I am one of those people also with silent gerd, although I have not been diagnosed by a specialist. I have gone to a pulmanologist,had testing for asthma, and also sleep apnea. I was given a z-pac, antibiotics, new inhalers, and also meds for gerd. I haven't felt this good since the symptoms in September of last year. I do have Sleep apnea, I haven't received my c-pap machine yet, but am wondering how it will be with the symptoms of allergies, etc.
I would also suggest that you see a pulmanologist.
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