I'm a 54 year old woman, in reasonably good shape. Symptoms are dry cough, light crackles in throat when breathing, tight lungs. Sometimes feel short of breath when resting. Jog two miles several times a week without breathing problem. Smoked for 12 years, but quit 24 years ago. Had respiratory function test, which came back within normal limits. I didn't respond to bronchodialator med. Doctor said results were "very good." Based on some wheezing while exhaling, and other symtoms described above, doctor says I have "bronchospastic disease," but not asthma. I also had a endoscopy of my into my stomach, and it found three areas of inflammation, including duodenum, stomach, and esophagus. The doc gave me a "Kellog??" shot which is supposed to treat inflammation.
Can you help clarify where this is going? What disease might I have if not asthma, and lung function test is normal?
Generally, there are three major causes of a chronic, unexplained cough. This can include asthma, GERD, and post-nasal drip from sinusitis.
It seems like the first two options have been evaluated for - with the pulmonary function test and upper endoscopy.
If treatment of these diseases do not improve the cough (i.e. inhalers for the asthma, PPIs for the GERD), you can consider going after the post-nasal drip. A CT scan of the sinuses can be considered as an initial evaluation of this avenue.
This option can be discussed with your personal physician.
Followup with your personal physician is essential.
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