I have had this ongoing sensation of wanting to cough combined with an irritative feeling in my throat for about four months. Occasionally the irritated feeling locates below my throat in my windpipe, with some discomfort. Feelings vary in intensity day to day from very mild to rather strong. I do not have any problems with my breathing, or any pain or heartburn, but get occasional "queezy" feelings in my stomach that last for 15-20 minutes. These occur more often in the morning before or just after eating breakfast. I also have periods of extreme salivation. All of this seems to be enhanced during period of anxiety or stress. I have already seen an ENT specialist who ruled out sinuses as a cause and also identified some irritation around my vocal cords. He advised me to take a PPI (Aciphex) which I have been taking in the morning for the past five weeks, and to see a GI specialist, which I am scheduled to do shortly. The PPI does not seem to have had any effect at all. I have heard and read about "Silent GERD" and was wondering if that could be what I am dealing with.
You probably might be having silent GERD. 24 hours pH monitoring test will help you know whether you really suffer from GERD.
Consult your gastro doctor for doing this test.
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