Chronic cough

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Does anyone else gave a chronic cough due  to reflux ? I have had one for years. The acid is coming up from my stomach into my throat and causing a very annoying cough. I have coughed so much over the years it has caused a hiatus hernia. 

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    Use to and recurrent sore throats. All stopped when I started on the PPI
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      It stands for Proton Pump Inhibitor, but in reality it is just a medicine in tablet form to stop the acid reflux.

      Look up omeprazole which is what I take, there are many others.

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      Hi Hazel, have you tried all the other usual suggestions, of raising the head of your bed 8". Small meals, limiting what appears to be your particular triggers. You could have LPR (check Dr Google)!  It can affect ear, mouth, nose. If the precautions don't work maybe surgery is an option. Good luck

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      There are many different PPI. I take Lanzoprozole and a 15mg dose doesn't work for me, only 30mg does

      you need to see a doctor and be properly diagnosed and treated 

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    Yep happens to me , mainly at night though .
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      that can be a sign of reflux. What time do you eat your last meal and is it foods that can trigger reflux?

      I like to eat by 7pm and usually around 6pm so I don't go to bed on a full stomach. 

       

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    I suspect your hiatus hernia actually triggered the actions that are causing the cough.

    I completely empathise. The cough has been my worst symptom of reflux. In a survey of 100 refluxers a couple of years ago, 58% report chronc cough as one of their symptoms.

    Reflux from the stomach into the oesophagus is due to a malfunctioning lower esophageal sphincter. The most common reason for this is a hiatus hernia. If that refluxate continues full column, it may breach the upper oesophageal sphincter and aspirate nto the respiratory system. (This is corectly termed  2extra-oesophageal reflux" but commonly known as "LPR". ) 

    PPI drugs like omeprazole control acid and make reflux less erosive but are not so good at reducing the reflux itself which is a mechanical process.

    You need to try and manage reflux with lifestyle modification or surgery.

    I suffered from reflux all my life. 9 years ago, at the ago of 60, I had a fundoplication (reflux reduction surgery) which gave me my life back.

     

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