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Not sure which group I need for this question, as I have IBS, diverticulitus, Barretts Oesophagus, and just getting over gallbladder op. I have started to develop phlegm which I cannot seem to clear, this past week developed some cough cold virus which is making it really harder than ever to clear my throat. It's now embarrassing trying to clear the phlegm. Today whilst eating I started to choke on my food due to this build up, and it was a little scary. I will visit doctor once this virus is gone as would not wish to inflict it on others. But any advice how to clear this up would of be grateful.

My MEDS are omeprazole, peppermint oil, mermeberine, perindople,

Fybogel, letrozole, Docusate, thyroid vitamin D tabs. Buscopan, paracetamol when required. I also take pro biotics.

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    The mucus in my throat is my guide to foods that don't agree with me, within10 minutes of eating the wrong thing my throat mucus is worse !

    i find chewing sugar free gum ( not mint) helps.

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    Hi Janet,

    drats...thought for sure you'd be out training for the next marathon.

    Do you think your recent surgery may be a player in this new issue? You didn't mention it before or perhaps I cannot recall?

    I think you may know more than your dr as to how to treat this and I kinda think you suspect some of it is due to your current virus. I just caught it 3 days ago..first time since forever...but today 4th day, am back 90%..nose yet a tad stuffy, no more bloody phelgm..the worse...even brought up some blood..and an "ice pick" in the center of my chest.

    You may not be able to tolerate (or countraindicatiions with meds) my junks...I used pure organic pomegranate juice diluted 50 50 with water, same temp as hot coffee. sips 4 oz in the am..and same pm. I alternated with zest of fresh ginger and hot water. The giovanni wasn't too far with all this liquid intake.

    Doubled my Probiotics with prebiotics.. I preloaded with yogurt beforehand, not so much for the cold but for my immune system.(may have helped the bad sticky mucus??) Wife had some very old cough suppresant (from China...thick heavy syrup?) had a fruit flavor, maybe lychee or ?? worked for the cough..but took only 3 tablespoons during the last 2 days.(doubt it had Codeine otherwise she could not have gotten it thru customs).

    I would have taken NAC for the phlegm had it not resolved...and I don't know why it resolved?

    I took a quick look at various studies of phlegm with 2 of your disorders and came up short..most suggested PPI's with a rate of from 30 to 60% improvement? Maybe too "iffy"??.hope you can overcome your current cold as quickly as I've done or even

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      Thanks will 're read and take in all what u have wrote. I did wonder if the ppi I take had anything to do with it. Into 6th day worst day so far. The phlegm started to build up several weeks before the virus. Hubby suffering as much but few days ahead of me. Lying flat is worse so trying to be as up right as possible. I am not up on all the INS and outs of all the issues I have, just have to deal with one thing at a time. Found how all the issues I have can easily relate to each other. Having sorted the gallbladder now starting to look into the barretts osphecus, no Body explained it just that to carry on as I am doing with the fodmap diet, will be tested every two years, so due around August for the camera down the throat.

      I do not wish any of my medical issues on anyone else but be nice to have a break from it all. Managed just a mile walk otherday, but nothing since, to shattered. Oh happy new year

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    Meant to say thank goo Dr Ness for this sight and help received from. everyone.
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    if and when you search the internet for some answers use only google scholar or plos. This is the method I use to avoid having to sift thru junk science...takes some time to learn how to get around the journal abstracts, many require subscription or credentials. but there are work arounds..sometime.

    The other options are to use any search engine, and type in key words followed by the web site..example barretts treatment, pub med or science daily (if you use science direct..subsription required).

    This method shows anything about the key words so just go to any National Institutes of Health...others are a waste and can be miss leading.

    . The only thing I missed before, I rubbed some vicks vaporub on me neck, took a t shirt rolled in longways, wrapped in round my neck to keep neck warm. This was a remedy my grandmother Manuella taught me 100 years ago.

    Marathon will just need to wait some..sniffle....Claudio


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