I've had this productive phlegm cough for approximately 17 months now and I cannot get a diagnosis! Sometimes the phlegm is thicker than other times. Sometimes the problem goes away, but most of the time, I am coughing or clearing my throat..right from the first thing in the morning to the last thing at night. Actually, it is strange that after I have had a coughing fit before I fall asleep at night, the coughing subsides and for the rest of the night, I am not bothered by it. It also doesnt ever wake me at night. Also, I have never had a fever accompanying it and feel great otherwise.
The phlegm is clear with no signs of blood in it. I have had almost every test in the book...gastroscopy, bronchoscopy, cat-scan, barium swallow, heart checks, blood tests...they've put me on medications like acid blockers and still no difference!
I do know that in the past, I was diagnosed with gastro esopohagael reflux disease, and I have a constricture in my throat that makes for difficult swallowing when eating dryer foods like chicken breast...and I have told the different doctors about these issues...but apparently, these issues have nothing to do with the condiiton they feel.
Although the problem is driving me crazy in that I have had to alter my lifestyle to attempt to deal with the problem, like no more exercising at the fitness center, I have almost given up all hope in finding a diagnosis. The thing is...I cannot picture myself having to live with this problem for the rest of my days!
Any input from anybody out there just may help me in finding the cause. I have put my concern on here before but have not had as many tests as I have now. Can anybody assist or have any ideas as to how this thing can be diagnosed??
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