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Old 02-15-2009, 02:05 PM   #1
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Constant Phlegm & cough 4ever!

I know on this board there's probably dozens or more people with my exact symptoms but I'd like to see if anyone has found any solutions. I've had excess phlegm with cough & clearing my throat now since 2004. The cough sometimes get so bad that the left side of my body can get very heavy & go dead for a second or 2 (of course that scares me).

I can't eat anything with a crust such as pies, cookies, french fries because these are the biggest cough makers for me. I carry a bottle of water everywhere I go & can't enjoy concerts, long trips in a plane without being near a bathroom because of all the water I drink.

I've been to every ENT, Gastroenologist in the Orange County, California area. I've even been to doctors who "CLAIM" they are specialist in the field of "unexplained cough" (I didn't know there were such a thing). My cough is so sensitive that the procedure to see if it was GERD with the Endoscopy & the attachment of the pH monitor failed because I started coughing so bad while being sedated they had to bring me out of it. Actually the Endoscopy to check for major irritation in the esophagus was successful & came up negative it was the pH that failed.

I don't know about anyone else but I tend to go back & forth & thinking it's acid reflux, Gerd, LPR or some type of sinus problem. One problem that came about at the same time as the cough & excess phlegm is a facial skin rash around the sinus area. Every time I mention this doctors don't really see a connection but I can't help but think to myself, "How is there not a connection, couldn't a virus, if elusive or strong enough & if it was located in my sinus cavity, filter out through the skin?" I've always heard that your skin can be a sign that there's something wrong internally. I've never had bad skin whatsoever, even as a child & teenager I've always had nice skin, all of a sudden I get this cough & excess phlegm & now I have skin rashes on each side of my nostrils, right between my eyebrows & right above my eyebrows, that come & go on about 2-3 week cycles. The inside of my nostrils get very irritated & inflamed as well.

Sometimes I think if I control or cure the phlegm the cough will finally leave. But what if the phlegm is a protective action from the body to coat the esophagus due to acid reflux? Is that possible too?

This condition is just driving me nuts!

 
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