14 years of Chronic Cough - No diagnosis yet

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   Posted 4/23/2014 8:15 AM (GMT -6)   
My wife has been coughing for 14 years. It's on and off. When it starts it stays for 2-3 months. After that she will be 100% normal. Pattern is not repeatable. We dont know when it is going to start again. It can start in 3 months, 6 months or even 1 year again. Whatever medications you take, it is going to stay for 2-3 months. Definitely it is not seasonal. Other than this issue she is healthy. Eats Vegetarian+Eggs (No meat, fish). Not overweight.

Following tests didnt show anything positive:
1. ENT
2. Pulmonology
3. Allergist
4. Gastro

Tests done: Chest Xray, PFT, Endoscopy, ENT with camera, Vocal card check, Capsule insertion for acid reflux check, biopsy of stomach lining for H Pilori, CT Scan, Yearly check ups and Blood tests all comes normal.

Observations: Lungs stay clear. No post nasal. No acidity.

Symptoms: Cough with clear mucus. Mostly in morning and before or during eating. No cough in night. So sleep is not affected.

I appreciate your input, if anyone of you have any insight or experienced in your family or friends.

Tried Chinese Herbal, Homeo and Accupuncture alternatively.

Post Edited (nkdtpa) : 4/23/2014 7:23:11 AM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 4/30/2014 8:05 AM (GMT -6)   
Welcome to the forum, nk.

Sorry no one has come up with any help so far. I have no idea what could be causing the problem. Maybe a neurologist could shed light. Besides that, only thing I could suggest is going back to the allergist or pulmonologist when the coughing is going on.

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   Posted 5/1/2014 7:22 AM (GMT -6)   
I had a similar problem for 10 years, turned out to be Candida overgrowth. I am hitting it hard, diet & naturopath solutions were not helpful although I use them too. I tried everything recommended by ENT, gastro, allergist, pulminary specialists, even had Nissen stomach surgery for GERD, no cough relief.

I am now being treated with high dose Fluconazole, repeatedly, one regimen helped but it came back. It has helped a lot, not completely gone but a huge improvement, relief. It is at least something for you to look at, if you haven't already.

Google Candida & chronic cough - maybe its a place to start.

Good luck. Cary
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