I am a 57 year old woman who does not drink soda, has one cup of coffee a day, exercises, never drinks liquor and never smoked, don't eat fatty foods (watch what I eat) and have some work related stress but not to extremes. My weight is normal.
For about a year, I have had a continual problem with coughing and clearing my throat that is so bad, that I sometimes cannot speak at public functions (part of my job.) Sometimes I cant even clear my throat no matter how hard I try. Every morning within 1 minute of getting out of bed, I have a coughing fit. However, I never have chest pain associated with heartburn.
My doctor says maybe it is post nasal drip but a daily nasal steroid spray and daily Zyrtec didnt help. Then he said try Prilosec, which also did not work.
What's left? This is really taking over my life. I am embarrased by it. I read about some test where they put a tube from my nose to my stomach to monitor stomach acid, but if that reveals that stomach acid is the problem, then what do I do?
BTW- I had a colonoscopy and endoscopy about 18 months ago and it was normal.
Any suggestions are appreciated.