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Chronic Cough

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  • Posted By: Tiredofcoughing
  • July 6, 2008
  • 06:20 PM

I have a chronic dry cough and have had it for the past 4+ years. I have undergone tests for GERD; Pulmonary disease; Allergies; Asthma; and Sinus problems. All negative. So far, I remain undiagnosed. Allergy shots helped for a short time. (Allergic to dust mites; dogs; grasses; trees, etc.) Cough is sporadic and can be brought on by various perfumes/fragances; as well as just normal breathing. Often presents with a deep tickle in my throat; other times it could be a tickle in my nose. Sometimes coughing is so severe that vomitting occurs. Throat remains very irritated, which also causes coughing when I swallow the first bite of food or liquid. I am at my wits' end. Any ideas out there?

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  • I also suffered from a chronic cough for over a year. My cough started after my doctor put me on lisinopril for high blood pressure. When I complained about the cough (a common side effect of this med) she put me on another medication but the cough continued. She thought it would go away in time but 3 months later I was still coughing. She referred me to an ENT. The ENT scoped my throat and said it looked healthy and normal. She thought maybe I was suffering from GERD and sent me to a GI doctor. After seeing him for over a year and 5 different meds for acid reflux and more testing, there was no improvement. I saw a pulmenologist and had a chest xray (normal) and finally had pulmenary function tests. He stated my test results were "perfectly normal". Meanwhile I'm still coughing day and night. The cough in mythroat was so intense I couldn't control it. I would cough till I was choking and gagging. Sometimes to the point of vomiting. I coughed so hard I was incontinent. Finally the ENT called a conference with the Gi and pulmenologist to see what could be done for me. After rechecking my pulmenary function test again that doctor decided there were a few areas of that test that weren't quite normal. He put me on an inhaler called Alvesco to treat me for inflamation of the bronhial passages. Low and behold I haven't coughed in weeks! Evidently the original cough from the lisinopril inflamed the airways. Over a year of doctor visits, testing and meds, including antibiotics, nothing took care of the inflamation. Ask about a steroid inhaler (not albuterol) to take care of the problem.
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    • February 1, 2011
    • 09:31 PM
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  • I also suffered from a chronic cough for over a year. My cough started after my doctor put me on lisinopril for high blood pressure. When I complained about the cough (a common side effect of this med) she put me on another medication but the cough continued. She thought it would go away in time but 3 months later I was still coughing. She referred me to an ENT. The ENT scoped my throat and said it looked healthy and normal. She thought maybe I was suffering from GERD and sent me to a GI doctor. After seeing him for over a year and 5 different meds for acid reflux and more testing, there was no improvement. I saw a pulmenologist and had a chest xray (normal) and finally had pulmenary function tests. He stated my test results were "perfectly normal". Meanwhile I'm still coughing day and night. The cough in mythroat was so intense I couldn't control it. I would cough till I was choking and gagging. Sometimes to the point of vomiting. I coughed so hard I was incontinent. Finally the ENT called a conference with the Gi and pulmenologist to see what could be done for me. After rechecking my pulmenary function test again that doctor decided there were a few areas of that test that weren't quite normal. He put me on an inhaler called Alvesco to treat me for inflamation of the bronhial passages. Low and behold I haven't coughed in weeks! Evidently the original cough from the lisinopril inflamed the airways. Over a year of doctor visits, testing and meds, including antibiotics, nothing took care of the inflamation. Ask about a steroid inhaler (not albuterol) to take care of the problem. Remember you have to be your own advocate.
    relief at last 2 Replies
    • February 1, 2011
    • 09:38 PM
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  • My cough has turned to pulursi, hurts bad, I understand the throat issue, the hard cady red and white peppermints or honey cough drops will sooth your throat as the honey coats it. Have you had a TB test. Hope your feeling better soon.
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    • February 19, 2011
    • 04:31 PM
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