I've been suffering with chronic lung mucus and chronic throat clearing for many years and am DESPERATE to solve this riddle. I've considered (or will consider) silent reflux, candida, allergies and weak adrenals... I'm trying to find a doctor to work with me, as I'm about to "throw in the towel."
My main symptom is lung and throat phlegm which is worse in the morning, but can also happen at other times. Certain foods seem to make it worse, but sometimes I think eating ANYthing can contribute to it. The only time i can remember NOT having it was a long time ago when I was doing some juice fasting.
My father has had GERD for a long time and now I'm thinking that silent reflux could be a possibility, but I still think I have allergies because symptoms are worse if, for example I spend time in a musty basement (mold allergy?).
But I'd like to know if anyone else has lung phlegm/throat-clearing as a symptom of food or dust or mold allergies? Don't most people also get itchy eyes and runny nose etc (I don't).
Maybe I have reflux, candida AND allergies --ha! No wonder I've almost gone insane!
This is silent reflux, called laryngopharyngeal reflux (LPR). You can rule out all the other stuff by starting treatment for the LPR. You need 2 doses of a max-strength Proton Pump Inhibitor Every day.
You can't cure this, but you can effectively manage it. The only doctors who seem to know what LPR is are big city ENTs and gastros, so you may need to be the one to tell your doctor "It's 2 doses a day, not 1 dose". There is a lot of information at the US government's pubmed citation database to back this up if they fight you.
You need 2 doses of 40 mg size Nexium capsules a day (for a total of 80 mg) or 2 doses of 40 mg Prilosec (prescription) or 2 doses of 40 mg generic Prilosec called Omeprazole.
There is also Aciphex and Prevacid. Don't bother with Protonix or Prilosec OTC.
Most people who start on the 2 PPI dose regimen experience significant relief within 1-30 days. Beyond that, it's a matter of controlling your diet and not smoking in conjuction with the meds. Yeah, you have to take them forever, but it's better than the constant hacking.
Do you have any sinus congestion? A lot of us don't get the itchy eyes, but our heads are ready to explode. If you don't have any sinus congestion, I would start with the GERD /silent reflux possibility and see a gastroenterologist.
I'm not sure if I have any sinus congestion that would be considered abnormal. I do think I have narrow nasal passages which make me breath thru my mouth at night sometimes. I wonder if this might be the cause of the mucus (drying effect)..?
But I have an appt. with a clinic in 2 days and we'll see what they say...