I started coughing in 2008 and I am still coughing, 6 years on. Praise for my GP, who has sent me for various tests. X-ray, Barium Meal, Spirometry, tubes down my nostril and down my throat and a lot of etcs, all trying to find out what is causing the cough cough cough. I cough all year round, Winter, Spring, Summer, Autumn, so it is not a seasonal cough. I have been repeatedly treated for GERD but despite so many tablets, liquids and inhalers, I am still coughing. Inhalers have been changed, medications changed but I am still coughing. I was referred to Hospital about 15 months ago and again kudos to them, inspite of many more tests, CT Scan etc, I am still coughing. I have been admitted and several more tests carried out and the bottom line is, I am still coughing. This is not a cough mixture type of cough. Sipping water calms me down when I am coughing but does not stop the cough. I carry mints around, lockets etc but even so, relief is only temporary. I was advised to chew gum which does seem to help, but I can only chew this for so long as I am not normally a gum chewing person. I have been told to chew Cloves, which I carry around with me always and again it is temporary relief. I was told to use fresh ginger cut up, plus a bit of honey and some cloves and make a tea out of these and sip slowly. Again everything is only temporary relief. I spend my whole day, from one advice to the other even when I am out and about. I have been told that something is tickling within my throat which sets up the cough episodes. Coughing is so tiring, so debilitating, so exhausting, so depressing as there seems to be nothing to stop it. I am quick to give nothing but praise to my GP and the Consultants in the hospital. They all keep trying various treatments but so far, nothing has helped put a stop to the cough cough cough. I was sent to another hospital and again, nothing suggested and offered has helped. I was told it is likely to be a form of asthma which does not make one wheeze or short of breath but manifests as a cough. But to date I have used 4 different types of inhalers plus all the other medications but still I cough cough cough. Any one with similar experience? Even if not as long as 6 years?
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