Impossible to get rid of my cough

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Hello everyone,

In first, sorry for my englsih, I'm french.

I havn't found a solution on the French forum, so I come to you :-)

I have cough problem from 4/5 years.

I cough but am not sick, not contagious, no fever, no mucus, but a dry cough. At night, lying, everything is fine in the morning it is correct that rising crescendo until evening.

This often happens after a rum or flu as this year. Cough settles gently with fouling throat and rest for months (2, 3, see).

And when it leaves, I never know why.

In fact when I cough that irritates me the trachea and windpipe is irritated, it makes me cough. It's a bit the vicious circle.

I tried all cough syrups ... ineffective. Already tried a treatment against gastric reflux ... nothing.

I have consulted several doctors, allergist, pulmonologist, a already made a gastroscopy, ... all this give nothing.

I do not know what to do ...

Someone would have had it and have managed to find a cure?

Or someone would have an idea about that?

Thank you in advance

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  • Posted

    I would suggest that, if you haven't already had one, you should insist on a CT Scan of your chest. I have had a Cough since 2008/9, and had various tests etc. and finally my GP, sent me to see a Respiratory Consultant who sent me for a CTScan and found I had Asbestosis. They tried everything but my cough just became worse as time went on. My Consultant prescribed Diamorphine / Saline mix through a Nebuliser, which helped for a couple of hours. He Retired and his replacement just gave up and discharged me. By 2014 my cough was so bad and getting little or no relief from my, by now increased dosage of Diamorphine, that I cracked/broke my ribs through coughing. My GP decided something had to be done, and ?I was referred to a Cough Clinic in Manchester @ Wythenshawe Hospital, run by Professor Jackie Smith. They gave me a CT Scan (the first I'd had since being diagnosed in 2010) and discovered I also have Bronchiestasis. They are trying all sorts of treatments and  I am also being assessed shortly by Speech and Language Therapists as this is a comparatively new field of treatment for people with chroinic cough.

    As a point of interest, ?i was also told, quite rudely by an ENT Specialist, that my cough was a habit. which it most certainly is not. I am completely debilitated by it as mine is 24/7 apart from a couple of hours relief with the diamorphine which really only calms it , not stopping it. The only reassurance ?I can give you, if it helps, is that it is more common than you may think.

    Hope you get somewhere soon.

    • Posted

      Thank you for your feedback.

      I haven't done CT Scan yet.

      I think I should do it.

      For me the cough isn't 24/7 but only when I'm not lying, so the day. And it's crescendo from the morning to the evening.

  • Posted

    Hi DePassage

    I started like that; then my wife at that time kept on and on about me going to see a GP - so to stop all the nagging (as they do) I went and was referred for a CT Scan - that was in 2011 and it showed I had an IPF (Ideopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis) I was referred to a Chest Specialist and had to do various breathing tests through a machine which measures the amount of breath I could get into my lungs. Also they diagnosed a sliding Hiatus Hernia.

    So maybe this is what you have - so I would investigate further?

    Kind regards


    • Posted

      Hi Jazztrain,

      You're scaring me :-(

      But, did you cough 24/24 or just when you're not lying ?

      Did you cough all the year or just several month ?

  • Posted

    Hi DePassage

    No; all the time!

    I am now under Papworth Hospital - I have had to reduce my drinking to just 13 units per week and keep away from secondhand cigarette smoke. I have also had to reduce my weight down from 16st. 1lb and in 12 months lost 10kg.

    The upside is I have been put on medication called 'Pirfenidone' which costs the NHS over £500 per week. It cannot be prescibed by a GP only a specialist centre and delivered to me which I have to sign for.

    I now have blood tests done every three months but for the first 9 months it was every month.

    IPF is not curable but it can be kept at bay PROVIDED you do as you're told and I have to wear Sun Protection when the UV index goes over 4. Also I have oxygen prescribed at 2 units per hour but have to say my medication is so good I don't need it at present.

    So get checked out again and bang the drum if doctors don't give you the answers you need however, I have read that others like me have suggested you have a CT Scan and that will reveal the state of your lungs.

    Keep smiling as everyday I wake up I think it is a bonus.


  • Posted

    Sounds similar to what my friend gets . Have you had a chest X-ray?

    or CT scan. It could be a lack of oxygen or walking pneumonia or google 

    Bronchiectasis. Do you wheeze ? Allergies possibly? Have u tried to google the symptoms? See the related info provided on this forum search under lungs and respiratory tract. Mabe something might line up for you! Don't give up keep asking doctors. Sometimes it takes the right doc to find the answer. Good luck. 

  • Posted

    Sounds like reflux or silent reflux, it can cause exactly the symptoms you are describing. The cough mimmicks the smokers cough ! I have had it for years so I am prety sure that is your problem


    • Posted

      I already done a gastroscopy and nothing unusual.

      But to try to know if it could be a reflux, the doctor give me an antisecretory.

      But it did nothing.

      In addition it would happen anytime, but in my case it's always after a


  • Posted

    My doctor think this is due to my asthma when I was child.

    So, he give me a treatment with corticoid and sntihistamine.

    So ... wait and see, but from 5 days treatment, my cough is better.


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