Hi, my name is George and I have the same problem as everyone here. I have had these problems for years but lately it becoming more frustrating not being able to find a solution to this problem. I told my doctor about this problem and he recommending and Upper GI which showed acid reflux. After months of taking medication it didn’t fix the problem. So I went to another doctor that specized in acid reflux. I had and endoscopy which showed a slight infection. After months of taking medication the problem didn’t go away but it got better. The morning cough and hacking when away. Thanks to our government insurance no one would take Keystone Mercy. So I had to take what I could get. I went to a pulmonary doctor he had a chest X-ray done and he found all kinds of problems. He said I was a candidate for COPD and I might have Asthma. So he put me on a COPD inhaler, Spectrum and Spriva. My problems might be Psychological to. After months of using the COPD inhaler taking this medication the problem got worst. So I stopped going to that quack and went to an ENT doctor. He ran an allergy test and did some kind of x-ray. He found that I have a deviated septum and I was allergic to almost everything. So he was giving me an allergy shot every month and having my nose and ears cleaned out. The coughing problem was still there. The doctors look at me like I am crazy when bring up the internet. They need to read this site and see I am not alone. I have my own insurance and I contacted another pulmonary doctor who said my chest x-rays look fine and I should follow up with the acid reflux doctor. So now I am starting over again. Every doctor is on this acid reflux kick because they don’t know what the problem is.
I have had a dry hacking cough for 3 years. Allergy tests did not show any significant allergies. I happen to run across an article that stated that gluten or wheat products may cause coughing. It was hard to go off all gluten products but I was desperate and it WORKED. I don't know if that is your problem but as long as I remain wheat/gluten free in my diet I do not cough.
To make a long story short I was told I should take Reglan (also known as Metoclopramide) because the motility in my esophagus (I assume) was shot. It was brought on after a bad cold. So I took it and my persistent dry cough went away! But I did begin to feel a bit light headed from the reglan, so I decided to stop taking it since the cough was gone.
About 6 months went by when I got the cough again after a light cold, and then like deja vu I went to the ENT only to remember I already knew of a remedy. I went home and took some remaining reglan and it went away again! This time though I only took it for three days (cough went away) when I began feeling heart palpitations. I stopped taking it immediately and refuse to take it again.
Hope maybe this helps someone out there. The cough is back for me but I envy anyone who can use reglan and not experience any of the possible side effects. I am still looking for a permanent cure and planning to try the gluten diet mentioned above.
A couple of things I noticed that are characteristic of my symptoms. Persistent dry cough begins and does not go away after a cold/flu and/or breathing hard for a period of time (in my case running). In each case, essentially giving the esophagus a work out that seems to take it over the edge and become immobile.
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