I have the "excess phlegm in the throat" problem that so many people talk about. It's all over any internet medical site. It's not coming from my sinuses. Usually it's really thick and incredibly hard to cough out. Occasionally though, it's a little more thin and that's when I start to inhale it and things get *really* interesting.
I am starting to get ticked off. The same things are said every. single. time.
I've been down the allergy road - it's not allergies, per three different ENT's. We went through the antihistamine/inhaler/nasal spray/saline rise every day thing anyway, just to be sure. Twice. No improvement whatsoever.
I've been down the infection road - including the CT scans. One doc had me take a round of massive antibiotics anyway, just in case.
I've been down the reflux road - I had freakin' SURGERY for it (Nissen Fundo.) Cured the GERD/LERD - but the mucus was back within hours of surgery. The 'wrap' was tight enough for me to have trouble swallowing for a year and I lost 30 pounds. Since I wasn't overweight to begin with, it wasn't pretty. So, I've had an esophageal valve that has been both completely open and completely closed with no difference in the throat clearing.
It's NOT allergies.
It's NOT a sinus infection.
It's NOT GERD.
(I'm also Professionally Certified "Not a nut-job.")
I've never smoked or had asthma, I'm young and in good health otherwise. It's not intermittent - it's there all the time, with no exceptions. It's been going on for a couple years and it does not appear to be getting worse, at least.
Somebody, some doctor somewhere, PLEASE don't give me the canned answers. There has to be something else - some other reason why large amounts of mucus just pop a beer and hang out in my throat all day and all night.