Hello to everyone,
I have a rather out of the ordinary question. I have had a chronic cough for about 5 years -- sometimes it is worse than other times but it never disappears. I take medicine for acid reflux, but the cough never seems to go away. Sometimes it is accompanied by mucus, but much of the time, it is a dry, tickling feeling in the top/middle of my throat (not too far below the chin). Sometimes, if I pinch or compress the skin/muscles in my neck right below the chin, it eases the cough for a few seconds.
I have been tested for allergies and have none. Therefore, I went to an ENT a few weeks ago. He discovered a 2 cm nodule on the left lobe of my thyroid, which I was unaware of. He sent me for an ultrasound which revealed that I had suspected thyroidistis (due to increased vascularity in both lobes). The nodule was solid and is now being evaluated further. I went for the first step in the RAIU scan today.
I have read online that in some cases, thyroiditis can cause a chronic cough due to irritation around the trachea. I was curious if anyone else has experienced a chronic cough along with their thyroid issues. How would I even begin to get this evaluated? I don't think it is something that the RAIU scan would reveal.
My husband is actually more worried about my cough issues than my recently uncovered thyroid issues, because the cough has been going on for years and often interferes with my normal activities. Sometimes I wake my at night with a coughing attack that can last for half an hour or more. I even developed a hiatal hernia from so much coughing.
Now I am beginning to wonder if the cough could be related to the thyroid. It would be nice to be able to clear up both issues at once
If anyone has any ideas on this issue, please let me know. Thank you