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chronic cough

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • July 9, 2008
  • 03:43 AM

I have had a chronic cough for over a year now. I also recently have developed nosebleeds and severe foot cramps. I have severe anxiety and extremely tense neck and back muscles. Don't know if all of these are related but I would love to get rid of the cough. Have tried every asthma and allergy medicine known out there. Dr's say I have now allergies and possibly no asthma? I did respond to Advair for one month, but then it failed to work.

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  • [ did you get a chest Xray. Did it start after an upper respiratory infection? Do you have any skin changes? any dry eyes?
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  • Yes. I got a chest xray twice and nothing. I never really got any infection, although since seeing a pulmonary specialist, he has put me on so many asthma and allergy meds--but now it seems like I have allergies when I didn't have any problems with sinus before the medications.
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  • 3 main causes of chronic cough are 1Post nasal drip (as with allergies)You will feel an intermittent or constant drip in the back of your throat.2Gatroesophegeal reflux (This can happen without you really feeling any symtoms of heart burn or indigestion.However the cough will be worse on lying down/night.As that facilitates reflux3 Asthma.(called cough variant asthma)Also a lot of time after a throat infection you develop a cough secondary to hypreractive airways (Hyperreactive airway disease.)This cough will be dry hacking cough coming in bouts and may last anywhere from a few weeks to a few months(4-6).Not sure if your other symtoms are related .If u have dry eyes also look up Sjogrens disease.Have your Thyroid checked.
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  • Another possibility is gastroesophageal reflux.
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  • I have been tested for all of these things. I will have to look up Sjogrens disease though. I have also had many blood tests so I would assume that would have ruled out Thyroid. I recently started a medication called Spiriva and it seems to be working! You place a capsule into the center chamber of the HandiHaler device. The capsule is pierced and tiotropium formulation is dispersed into the air stream when you inhale through the mouthpiece. It is great!
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  • Sadly, my cough came back about a week later after starting Spiriva.
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    • August 25, 2008
    • 04:22 AM
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  • They miss this a lot! You need to have a special kind of test for extraespophageal reflux. They often do the wrogn test for cough-related reflux.
    aquila 1263 Replies
    • August 26, 2008
    • 07:18 PM
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  • I wonder if it might be celiac disease. Your symptoms sound like celiac, except for one. The nosebleeds threw me, but they can be brought on by vitamin K deficiency. Try here: http://digestive.niddk.nih.gov/ddiseases/pubs/celiac/ http://elyakatz.wordpress.com/2008/08/22/is-celiac-disease-a-hidden-epidemic-many-are-saying-yes/
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    • August 28, 2008
    • 06:08 PM
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  • I think that the nosebleed was caused by me using nasonex regularly. When I discontinued that, it went away. I wonder if it might be celiac disease. Your symptoms sound like celiac, except for one. The nosebleeds threw me, but they can be brought on by vitamin K deficiency. Try here: http://digestive.niddk.nih.gov/ddiseases/pubs/celiac/ http://elyakatz.wordpress.com/2008/08/22/is-celiac-disease-a-hidden-epidemic-many-are-saying-yes/
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    • September 7, 2009
    • 03:46 AM
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  • I think that the nosebleed was caused by me using nasonex regularly. When I discontinued that, it went away.You may have nodules in your thyroid - ask for an ultrasound of your neck. The bloodtests which you had for your thryoid are not enough - they can be negative and you still have thyroid issues. the nodules could be causing the cough , nosebleeds and symptoms around your neck and chest. Is your voice hoarse in the morning?
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    • September 8, 2009
    • 02:41 PM
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  • You may have nodules in your thyroid - ask for an ultrasound of your neck. The bloodtests which you had for your thryoid are not enough - they can be negative and you still have thyroid issues. the nodules could be causing the cough , nosebleeds and symptoms around your neck and chest. Is your voice hoarse in the morning? No hoarsness, just dry tickle of a cough...
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    • September 11, 2009
    • 05:08 PM
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  • No hoarsness, just dry tickle of a cough...It is now June7th of 2011, and I really want to know what you the result was of your cough. I have twin 5 year old girls with a very similar problem. They've had a chronic cough for 1 year, been tested for allergies and asthma, put on antibiotics, tested for pertussis, had greasy stools frequently, occasional (minimal) nose bleeds, leg cramps, and are now failing to thrive. They have remained healthy through it all, but are now headed to a pulmonologist for more tests. We are having them tested for Cystic Fibrosis in a couple of days and my husband is worried sick this is the case, but they are just too healthy to me for this. I'm looking for any and all helpful hints.
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