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HELP! Chronic cough, gagging, choking, burning, hypersensitivity

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  • Posted By: DaveinLA
  • May 23, 2008
  • 03:44 PM

For the last year and a half, I've been choked and gagged by a mysterious problem in the throat region. It all started with what seemed to be an innocuous head cold. I have a constant feeling of having to "clear phlegm" from the throat, and a constant need to cough. A strong tickling/burning sensation sometimes seizes the throat, making the muscles clench and my eyes water. I have a constant sensation of a thickened area/lump in the region (known as "globus"). I've had just about every test imaginable, including allergy panels, an endoscopy, a laryngoscopy, a virtual bronchoscopy, a barium swallow, a stress-treadmill (for the heart), a sinus CT scan, an MRI of the throat, and a colonoscopy. Right now, the consensus from my ENT and pulmonary physicians is that I have GERD/LRD and apnea. I'm about 30 pounds overweight but not "obese" (I'm 6-1, 235). The GERD is the sort that doesn't manifest in heartburn. I'm now using a CPAP machine. Next week I will have a 48-hour PH test. I'm told that even minuscule amounts of acid or bile or other reflux can continue to irritate the airway. I'm 51, am vegetarian and have never smoked. I've had my tonsils (1962) and gallbladder (1994) out, had esophageal fundoplication (1995) and had a minor upper abdominal hernia repaired last year. I often have bloating, belching, chest pain and so-called irritable bowel. Can damage in the airway mucosa from reflux and/or post-nasal drip ever heal? Can this damage be invisible -- i.e., not "gross" enough to show up on X-rays and MRIs? This condition feels permanent, but I don't want to assume it has to be. Does anybody out there have a similar tale? Maybe a long-term regimen of CPAP, antacids and nasal medications is needed. It gets really tiring trying to constantly suppress a cough and "clear" the throat of what seems to be intractable mucus. Thank you, D

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  • If you find out please let me know. I have suffered with the same exact conditions for over 10 years and no one can seem to diagnose or treat the problem.
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  • IT IS 2:30 am and I just came from the WEBMD site where there are literally dozens and dozens of people with the same coughing, gagging, vomiting .. u get the picture. I am so tired I WOULD JUST LIKE TO GET 1 NIGHTS SLEEP WITHOUT HAVING TO GET UP AND COUGH TILL i THROW UP, sorry I keep hitting that caps key. my cough is so bad I think I'm going to rupture something in my head, I get a really sharp pain on the upper right side of my skull. I was recently DX with a large {baseball size} diverticulum in my esophagus. I also use azmacort, beconase, benadryl, cough medicine, mucinex. I don't drink but maybe once a year I'll have a mixed drink. I got up to make me a drink from a bottle my son brought me from Barbados because I have to get some sleep. Every one at WEBMD has had every test imaginable and several have let Docs cut their uvala with out help. I have been dx with allergic asthma, pneumonia, bronchitus, sinusitus and allergies to food and trees and dust etc. I was hospitalized when I was about 10 ,they thought it was TB! Well I'm 66 and have the same cough except worse. I did have whooping cough and rheumatic fever when i was little. So my throat just stays constantly irritated. Just for once I would like to live in a house without carpet as I think that has something to do with all of this. All we can do is to keep trying to get this under control but its obvious we are on our own.
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  • I am 17 years old and have been suffering with a severe choking most severe right after i eat for over a year now and no doctor can seem to help me... its miserable sometimes i cough so hard i throw up.. can't anyone help me?
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  • mine was blood pressure meds
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  • If you find out please let me know. I have suffered with the same exact conditions for over 10 years and no one can seem to diagnose or treat the problem.Have you ever decided to meet up and see a doctor in that case? You can't just let it pass by without even seeing someone who is expert in this field..
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  • I agree with you Norton.. I was just about to give it as an advice..they should see a doctor specially the 17 year old girl who was having a cough with blood in it.
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  • I agree with you Norton.. I was just about to give it as an advice..they should see a doctor specially the 17 year old girl who was having a cough with blood in it.I just hope that she's doing fine by now.. After two years.. Never heard from the one who started the thread, so I am guessing that it's going pretty well..
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