Chronic cough/gasping for air when I laugh

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BellsforHer
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   Posted 11/16/2015 9:46 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone, I'm new to this forum. My symptoms are primarily a chronic cough with some production, a thick feeling in my lower throat (like there's something there and I need to clear it), inhaling very deep breaths will make me cough, and a tightness/gasping for breath when I laugh. The loss of breath when laughing has gotten very bad, I'm beginning to fear laughter because I can't breathe when I do. My MD has ruled out asthma and is pointing toward acid reflux induced cough. I'm just wondering if anyone else has these similar symptoms and what you have tried? Especially the laughter part of it. I just read an article called, "laughter induced asthma". I'm taking omeprazole now x2 per day. Any input will be greatly appreciated

I posted this in the acid reflux/gerd forum as well.

Thanks so much.
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AustenFan
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   Posted 11/16/2015 12:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Do you know how your MD ruled out asthma? Sometimes asthma can be difficult to diagnose, especially if it is atypical. I also will have an asthma attack when I laugh too hard. Some people will have one when they breathe cold air or exercise. Have you seen an allergist or a pulmonologist?

Since your MD thinks you have GERD, it isn't too far off the mark to suspect that you also may have asthma. GERD, post nasal drip, and asthma often go hand in hand. They all often trigger and/or aggravate each other. I have been diagnosed with and am being treated for all three. It was only when my pulmonologist started treating me for all three that I got my cough somewhat under control.

If the prilosec doesn't get the cough under control in a couple of weeks, I would either go back to my doctor or see an allergist or pulmonologist. In the meantime, elevating the head of your bed 6 inches might help with the GERD. I use inexpensive bed risers I bought at Walmart.

Also, it sounds like you may also have a post nasal drip problem. GERD can cause excessive throat clearing and cough, but so can post nasal drip. I use a first generation antihistamine, ChlorTabs. The second generation ones (Zyrtec/Allegra) don't work as well on PND cough. Its cheap and OTC and may be worth a try.

BellsforHer
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   Posted 11/21/2015 2:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks AustenFan, I definitely have the drainage going on. I'll see what the ChlorTabs do for me. We're working on elevating the bed as well. This cough has gotten out of hand and now wakes me up at night. I have seen a pulmonologist and had lung x-rays and asthma testing done to no avail. But it still feels almost asthmatic the way I'm losing my breathe. I see him again in 6 months unless symptoms get worse.
Crohn's disease- for 20 years and counting
Entocort 9MG per day
Omerazole 20MG, twice per day
Atropine Tablets (varies)
Remicade 5.0 mls/kg every 6-7 weeks
B12 injections monthly
Zolpidem as needed for sleep

Re-section in 2014
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