Chronic cough

I have had a chronic cough for years. Lately, the coughing has been more frequent and more prolonged. In July, I had two X-rays of my chest, but there were no significant abnormalities. My heart is normal in size, and I don’t have pneumonia. Then, I underwent a Pulmonary Fitness Test. I was told I don’t have asthma nor do I have COPD.

The conclusion was that my chronic cough is due to acid reflux disease, which I have had for more than 20 years. The doctor told me to double the dose for Zantac, 2 tablets twice per day for 8 weeks. After that, I am to call the doctor about my condition. So far, I have seen no reduction in my coughing. My condition has not improved.

The pulmonology technician told me to avoid tomatoes, as they are very acidic. I am to avoid citrus fruits and caffeine, too. All the good stuff that is bad for me.

This chronic cough means that I cannot attend concerts, operas, and musicals that are coming up in the near future. I don’t want to disturb the musicians and the audience with my coughing.

So sad, because you know how much I enjoy live musical performances. David will go to these concerts alone, as he is a subscriber. I shall stay home and listen to CDs. I might donate my tickets to the box office and get a tax deduction.

This might be a new norm for me: Listening to CDs at home instead of going out to listen to live performances. I guess we’ll save a lot of money that way.

This is my CD cabinet at home:

17 Responses to “Chronic cough”

  1. David Says:

    That is a real tragedy. I know how much you enjoy going to the concerts. I can only hope that your condition improves and you can do what you love the most.

  2. Christind Says:

    So very sorry to hear this Gigi.

  3. Snoskred Says:

    I wonder, Gigi.. I have a friend who had a loud cough for a long time, and after a lot of trial and error they eventually figured out it was an allergy to wheat/gluten. A similar cough can also be caused by a dairy allergy, too.

    He stopped eating wheat and the cough went away. Anytime he has something with wheat in it, the cough returns.

  4. DJan Says:

    I hope you can find out what is causing that cough so that you can rejoin David in attending those concerts you enjoy so much.

  5. Olga Says:

    Oh, no! i am sorry to hear this, Gigi. I hope that a solution will be found so you can once again attend those concerts in person.
    In the meantime, you are being very considerate of performers and the audience — a true sign of how much you really do value live music.

  6. Alien Resort Says:

    Unfortunately that is all too common where the tests don’t show anything.

  7. Tom at Sightings Says:

    I’ve had a persistent cough a few times, usually in spring or fall. When I went to the doctor he said it was acid reflux, or post nasal drip or allergy. He couldn’t tell which. He suggested Zantac. Didn’t work. Then I tried Allegra. That seemed to work better. Anyway, eventually it went away. Hope yours does too.

  8. dkzody Says:

    I just heard that Zantac has an ingredient that causes cancer. Can you check back with your doctor and see if there is another med. I was prescribed Pepcid years ago when I had an ulcer that needed healing. Worked really well. It sounds like your throat may need some healing. Did the dr do an endoscopy to diagnose your problem?

    • gigihawaii Says:

      I had an endoscopy, but no ulcers. The acid reflux disease diagnosis was based on symptoms, such as lump in throat, unable to swallow, heartburn. As for Zantac, I saw the newscast about it. I’ll discuss it with my doctor later. I still have to stick with the 8 week regimen.

      • dkzody Says:

        I don’t think 8 weeks will hurt you. I gather that it was those who had used it for a long time that saw signs of cancer. It supposedly has an ingredient in it that causes cancer but there needs to be more research.

  9. Arlene W Says:

    I have acid reflux and take Zantac too .when I recently had a cough the doctor said to take plain Claritin and 1 tsp of honey when I cough. It worked.She said Spring and Fall produce allergies that seem to upset acid reflux.

  10. Karen Says:

    There are good cough suppressants that are prescription. Could you ask your doctor about one of them to get you through a concert? Also try sipping hot water with honey to keep your throat from becoming dry.

  11. wisewebwoman Says:

    So very sorry to hear this Gigi. I had a chronic cough with a BP med I was on and once I was switched off it I was fine.

    I do hope you get it sorted and resume the good life.


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