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Clearing throat cough and breathing difficulties

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  • Posted By: ubgang@bigpond.com
  • October 13, 2006
  • 02:56 AM

We have had a near life-long quest to solve our sons
severe mucous (alergy to dust-mite and restricts near all dairy), breathing,
throat-clearing/mild cough, severe snoring problem.

We took him to a variety of doctors and an Ear, nose and throat
(enterologist). He has also been to see sports medicine doctors.

The ENT was a lovely fellow, but concluded the guy is stressed. Joke. Most
relaxed person.

All others want to treat him for excercise induced asthma - none of which
has helped.

He is a very bright lad, tutors a girl with the same symptomotology and lack
of successful treatment.

I give him idodine drops and that helps - a little, but the best to date.

He is 23. When his breathing is better he can drop 3 to 6 shots in golf -
already at "+2 handicap". He is currently in very humid conditions and the humidity is restricting his breathing/chest/throat.

Any suggestions you can make would be appreciated - we have to tell doctors
here what to do to go the next step, which we do not like to do.

Hope you can advise please.

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  • To: Desperate Housewife (and all who are interested)RE: Acid Reflux And Caffeine________________________*Question:Does caffeine increases heartburn?Answer:Yes. It is clinically proven that caffeine relaxes LES (lower esophageal sphincter) and causes heartburn.So switch to decaff coffee or cocoa. Read this article about caffeine to know more about it._______________________________________________________________Also guys... what I found interesting is:Acid Reflux And Lump In Throat (Globus Hystericus)_____________________________________________*Question:What is Lump in the throat and what could be causing it?Answer: Lump in the throat (Globus Hystericus) is a common complaint that many patients have when presenting to their ENT (otolaryngology-head & neck surgeon) physician. This lump sensation in the neck is most often described as “annoying,” but not painful. The sensation is more pronounced when swallowing and may even interfere somewhat with swallowing whether it be solids or liquids. Often, a person may feel compelled to swallow a second or third time to make sure things get down. The lump itself is described to be roughly the size of a golf ball and is precisely located in the middle of the neck right above the sternum and below the Adam’s Apple.Heartburn and acid reflux definitely can cause it so try some PPIs and see if they help. If PPIs doesn’t help then most probably the cause is in anxiety. Try exercising more, doing yoga or pilates. Reduce your caffeine. Also it can be related to aerophagia_________________________________________________________________Acid Reflux And Throat Clearing___________________________*Question:Is heartburn related to throat clearing?Answer:Yes and no. Heartburn may cause throat clearing because your throat could be inflamed by acid. But if you’re on PPIs and don’t have heartburn symptoms and ENT says that everything is fine with your throat then it could be just a bad habbit. You should work on getting rid of it. Try control throat clearing reflex and it should go away. It can take several weeks though.RegardsHope this helpsSteve (DRIFTER)
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 5, 2008
    • 09:37 AM
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  • :eek: I too have had a chronic problem for a few years with clearing my throat, occasional coughing and post-nasal drip. I was diagnosed by my family doctor and a specialist about 2 years ago with asthma, which was not helped at all by the Advair prescribed to me. I recently looked up info on the internet to see if I could diagnose myself. The information describing chronic bronchitis was an eye-opener for me. I have never smoked, but was exposed to 2nd hand smoke the first 18 years of my life. Apparently, the symptoms I have show up later in life. I am now 58, and have had increasingly worse symptoms for several years, until it is now at the point where the throat clearing can't be ignored any more. I plan to switch my primary care doctor and hopefully I will get one who will actually listen to me and head me in the right direction. Chronic bronchitis is a serious disease, a COPD. I'm shocked to find that I might have it. Maybe some of you who have written in also do, since your symptoms sound similar. The sooner you get it checked out and start treating it, the better. It's worth looking up and reading about.
    JBaskett 1 Replies Flag this Response
  • Lump in throat, asthma, COPD, chronic bronchitis, allergies, and other upper respiratory disorders are very well treated with acupuncture and NAET. Please try these modalities -they work! NAET is nambudripad allergy elimination techniques. It helps to diagnose and rid the body of allergies to all kinds of things. www.naet.com Acupuncture is thousands of years old and is fantastic for asthma and other chronic upper repsiratory diseases. www.acufinder.com Best wishesDOM
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  • Hi there,I happen to fall on this tread 2 years after it started.For the breathing difficulties, I've had all the problems you mentioned. I went to see an allergist, tried Singulair (worked for a brief time), asthma pump, used OTC allergy medications, tried some saline nasal spray, don't drink milk (recommended by a naturopath) and nothing worked. Finally, I went to see a Nose, ear and throat specialist at the hospital who recommended Cryotherapy. This is done once a year, at the hospital, and it takes 1 hour for the procedure (maybe less). The doctor freezes the inside of your nose, and then she uses nitrogen deep inside the nasal passage I believe to tighten some passage. Don't ask me to explain the details but it works. I now can breathe easily and have no problems being around plants (I use to sneeze like crazy). The mucus disappeared and I am no longer blowing my nose.I also wash my pillow cases and bed sheets once a week and vacuum all the time. I hope this information helps some of you out there.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 26, 2008
    • 02:10 PM
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  • It sounds just like me - I was misdiagnosed for 2 years before finally a doctor put a camera down my throat and found an idiopathic subglottic stenosis. Pretty much only operations can help that - plus serious avoidance of dairy (even a tiny amount can make me cough and wheeze constantly)...maybe ask your ENT about that? Or get a referral to an ENT Head and Neck specialist? Just to rule it out - few Drs seem to know about this condition, and it certainly was not diagnosed for 2 years for me (I was misdiagnosed as having asthma, hyperventilation and bronchitis, and took all manner of puffers and pills to no avail)
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 2, 2009
    • 01:11 AM
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  • Hello, I was in this forum a few weeks ago since I been having similar symthoms I decided to come back and post my experience.I am a heavy coffee drinker and tought that was ne of my problems since it is posted in this forum I started reding about it and decided to stop drinking coffee completely but the cough was not getting better, then I came across the acid relux and read about it, started taking measures about it I was sleeping on a situp possition not eating at least 5 hours before going to bed and eating healthier food, I am not overweight, that did not help either, then the last thing I foud was a sleeping disorder, sleep apnea, based on what I understood during sleep one stops to breath for a few seconds, the body is in need of the oxigen and since one is not breathing the body is forced to breath and opens a muscle located between the stomach and the esophagus with the pressure the body is making the acids in the stomach is forced down the esophagus up to the throath causing irritation to it, adding to that from the sleeping disorder the nose produces secretion but thiker than normal and more than normal, since not all of this secretion is expelled through the nose it is disposed on the throath making the feel that one has something in the throath this 2 togheter make the troath very irritated and the symthoms don´t go away, for me it looks like this was the case, one of the treatments that I found for this was salt water where I found it it says not to use table salt because it has other symthoms that can cause irritation to some people but that is what I used so basically you have to flush your nasal foses with this salt water that will help you release the mucus and then you will be able to beter breath at night and the cough wil start to go away I think that there is some devidce at the farmacy to help you flush the nasal foses but the way I did it was 2 table spoons in a cup of water then with a small piece of toilet paper drench it in the water put it inside each side of your nose and breath so it goes up don´t breath to hard just enough so it goes properly in the nose but does not make you feel unconfortable do it 3-4 times a day, make sure you do one before going to bed I just started doing it a few days ago and has helped me a lot, I dont know for how long I will have to do it but I am planning to wait untill the cough is completely gone then do it every few days to make sure the cough does not come back also I am planning to do it when I get a cold because is usually when the cough has come back for me and then it never goes away, I dont know if the problem I have is same as yours but you can give it a try I recomend you reading about sleep apnea, the sympthoms and how to cure it in the case that the salt water help youI hope this helps some of you also if you find another aproach please post it here so other people with similar issues can have options to treat themselves
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  • I've had a clearing throat problem for 3 years now. It started coming off a cold and the cough never left. I have asthma (do the whole house wrapped in plastic hepa everything already) and was on Advair for 6 years with no problems till 5 years in. That's when the throat clearing started. I stuck it out for another year, my docs insisted it was post nasal drip and my allergies. When I finally gave up on my asthma and allergy specialist I was on 3 inhalers and 2 nasal inhalers and singulair. Enough already I thought. So I started seeing a naturopath, I did the food allergy test. I was moderatly allergic to dairy and very mildly to sugar. Wheat did not show up on the test but I felt better after eliminating from my diet. I quit using steriod inhalers and just used serevent, asthma seemed ok...So I was seeing bouts of relief, but every month or so I'd have a bad coughing choking attack, like I couldn't cough up something stuck in my throat, but I didn't feel like anything was there. I've even given up coffee and then totally switched to coldbrew coffee cuz I noticed the days I drank that were better??? Weird science I know...I've tried tons of vitamins and supplements, clariton, benedryl and even went on antifungals and the antifungal diet (ugh) again with periods of relief but it always came back, totally unprovoked at this point. That was the last year of my life. Two weeks ago my coughing start making me have asthma attacks, rescue in haler wouldn't work with these. I almost ended up in the emergency room but luckily nearly died during office hours and my asthma doc (whom I'd abandonded a year ago) got me breathing again, and said my lungs were filled with allergy cells. He immediatly put me back on advair, prednisone and codine cough syrup to get the inflamation down. Sent me home for two weeks, I went back this morning still having the same problem and rescue inhaler isn't working. He's got me breathing duoneb now which seems to work for 15-20minutes. The codine cough syrup is the only reason I'm getting any sleep. So that said, he listened to my lungs again, possibly bronchitus, but the weeze is more in my throat. Gave me antibiotics and a perscription for prilosec (acid reflux), I don't think i have acid reflux but I'll try anything at this point. He also said that the ENT he is refering me to likes people to take it before they see him just to rule it out... fine. I see the ENT in another 2 weeks.I'm going to try someones advice on this board and take mucinex with the prilosec. The cough syrup is an antihistimine to.So that all said. I think i've tried everything. I'm praying at this point that there is ***n tumor that i'm allergic to in my throat, at least I'll have an explanation. But there is no pain in my throat except from coughing of course, no ache, so swollen nodes, docs don't see anything down there???? Lets hope the ENT does.Any thoughts would help, I'm at the end of my rope.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 26, 2009
    • 10:29 PM
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  • thanks for starting this board.I never has any cough problem until i moved to another state last year and lived in moldy house. I started coughing really badly in that house and specially in the middle of the night. This type of cough never happened to me before.I got better after i moved out of that placeBut almost a year later i got a cold and after cold left the cough stayed. It has been for 2 weeks now, specially in the night when i lye down. I started 2 things:- nazal irrigation with salt water (i use the bulb thing which you squeeze into one nostril and tilt your head so it comes from another one)- someone recommended this recipe for asthma: 1 part of raw apple vinegar, 1 part honey, lots of garlic cloves (10-12) crushed. Mix it all up and eat 1 teaspoon every few hours.After i did this for a few times my cough got better. I am not sure if i have asthma or sinusitis at this point.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 31, 2009
    • 08:52 PM
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  • Wow! I just came across this site by mistake - I am amazed with this many people having the same problems. I have been to ENT's knowing I have post nasal drip yet they say I do not. I know I have it. Constant cough (never smoked in my life) I sound like a person that smokes 5 packs a day. Gagging to the point of dry heaves. Feeling the flem go down my throat. By the end of the day I am pooped from all the coughing and clearing of throat. I just want something to stop this constant cough - Docotrs can not seem to help.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 6, 2010
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  • I drink two cups of tea per day, which is lower in caffeine than coffee, and it still happens. I think it might be an allergy to wheat. I notice if I don't eat bread, it isn't nearly as bad.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 3, 2010
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  • I had the same issue for years, went to family docs, stomach docs, was scoped, tried GERD drugs etc. No help.Finally got desperate and went to a Natural Path, she suggested a blood test for food sensitives (different that food allergies). This tests looks for IG4, you can also do the elimination diet to figure this out. The blood test just seemed easier. Found out I was sensitive to chicken/eggs and am much better now. I don't think the medical profession recognizes this as an issue but it really helped me when nothing else did. Good luck.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 5, 2010
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  • This makes sense!I had the same issue for years, went to family docs, stomach docs, was scoped, tried GERD drugs etc. No help.Finally got desperate and went to a Natural Path, she suggested a blood test for food sensitives (different that food allergies). This tests looks for IG4, you can also do the elimination diet to figure this out. The blood test just seemed easier. Found out I was sensitive to chicken/eggs and am much better now. I don't think the medical profession recognizes this as an issue but it really helped me when nothing else did. Good luck.
    birdie 40 Replies
    • November 9, 2010
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  • Thank you Delakande, You have posted some very useful information. I been dealing with this annoying clearing of the throat cough for over some years now. At times it gets worse and it's embarrassing. Its good to know that I'm not alone. But never did I think that caffine might contribute to this cough. I've been drinking coffee alot since I've been retired and just staying home. But I'm willing to give it up for a month or two,just to see if it clears up and if it does well then that means no more COFFEE for me. But I wonder will decafe be as harmful? Anyways thanks, will check back in a couple of months.....A Desperate Housewife.It's the COFEE. I just figured it out after ..... ummm ... 10 years. I am not much of a Cofee drinker, but the periods when I start drinking cofee I caugh a lot. When I stop drinking cofee, after about a month, I am magically perfect.I should have known this before, but better now than in another 10 years.
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