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    Old 09-15-2016, 12:18 AM   #1
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    2 years of persistent thick mucus back of nose and throat clearing

    Hello,

    Suffering for 2 years with sensation of thick mucus stuck at the back of the nose, which I'm often able to hock up out of my mouth (clear but very "snotty" and like thick glue when it's in a tissue).

    Sometimes it gets in my throat and I often clear my throat all day long too. I guess this is post-nasal drip, but not watery or thin (like you apparently get from an allergy), it's very thick and feels awful like a lump or glob that won't move, until I hock it up, but within minutes it's back again...

    Tried all reflux and allergy medications (double-dose PPIs and restrcited diet for 6 weeks, steroid sprays, allergy RAST tests, antihistamines, singulair, antihistamine sprays, nasal irrigation, gastrocopy, multiple nasal/throat endoscopes, sinus CT scans), and they can't identify the problem... All of my symptoms disappear completely, when I eat or lay down with my head to either side (which I find very odd! Equally, if I take pseudoephridrine (oral decongestant), my symptoms go too (but I know that's not a long term option).

    Anyone ever dealt with anything similar or know what to suggest next?I've been thinking of self-treating with amitriptyline (10mg at night) and gabapentin (100mg 3x per day), to see if this is a hypersensitivity/nerve issue. I have absolutely no other symptoms and can't live much longer like this, it's completely ruined my life and things are just getting worse

    Thanks for any help at all.

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    Old 09-15-2016, 06:39 AM   #2
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    Re: 2 years of persistent thick mucus back of nose and throat clearing

    Yep, it's post nasal drip. Rather than self medicating it would probably wise to see an ear nose and throat doctor.

     
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    Old 09-16-2016, 12:29 AM   #3
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    Re: 2 years of persistent thick mucus back of nose and throat clearing

    Thanks, but I didn't get allergy tests, CT scans, endoscopies and the rest without consulting doctors. I've actually seen 6x different ENTs in different countries, all of which have treated me over the course of a few months (to no avail). I've also seen 2x respiratory specialists and a GI... The only thing I've never been treated for is LSN or larynx hypersensitivity (which I've researched can be related to post-nasal drip, in the sense that you feel every single trickle of mucus to a greater degree than normal)

     
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    Old 09-16-2016, 04:36 AM   #4
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    Re: 2 years of persistent thick mucus back of nose and throat clearing

    sorry I wasn't able to help.

     
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