Interacting with people totally exhausts me! I tend to get a minor cold three or four times a year. About three or four days later I will develop bronchitis, followed by a laryngitis and perhaps a minor sore throat. I will have coughing spasms in which I gag and cough for several minutes, at times spitting up yellow mucus. Incontinence is common during these coughing spells. I have no trouble breathing; I am a non-smoker. But the major symptom is extreme fatigue. These periods of ill-health tend to last at least two months where I will get a month's reprieve and then the cycle begins again. I am a retired teacher and I feel part of the problem might be a "damaged" larynx as the mucus seems to stick to my voice box. By the way, I also take medication for hypothyroidism. I do feel better if I do not interact with people - either in person or on the telephone. My doctor says it is viral bronchitis with no medication to help me. This "cycle" has been going on for about 10 years. Is there any hope?
You should have an exam of both your lower and your upper respiratory tract. This would include a laryngoscopy. This procedure is done using a small camera at the end of a flexible tube, called a fiberoptic laryngoscope. During this procedure your vocal cords and the upper part of your windpipe can be examined. You also need a thorough evaluation for fatigue. You might consider seeking a second opinion.
Your "periods of ill health" could be due to asthma along with an allergic condition called allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis (ABPA) causing the yellow mucus. However the yellow mucus would be more typical of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). This is the back flow of stomach contents, including digestive juices, into the esophagus or food tube. This is most commonly called acid reflux or heartburn. This reflux can come all the way up into the mouth and nose. When this happens the material can be aspirated, dribbling into the windpipe and lungs. This could explain your symptoms, including the bronchitis.
I have had excessive mucous problems for years and it lead to constant infections, etc. Turned out to be food allergies to wheat/gluten/SOY. Felt better after the FIRST DAY avoiding them and have continued to improve - been a month now and feel like normal - had forgotten what it's like to breathe easily.
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