My Girlfriend has suffered from a chronic cough for 15 years. There are many things that trigger it, but the most noticeable are after eating (some foods are worse that others), lying down and temperature changes (going from indoors to outdoors). I estimate she coughs at least once every 30 minutes when awake. Sometimes she will go into a coughing spasm and coughs up a dark yellow fluid. It seems like over the years she has struggled to get a doctor to really take the problem seriously, (she has recently moved to the UK from Iceland) she takes Nexium (a PPI) and has an inhaler, while these may help, the cough persists. She has taken other PPI's as well as Nexium, these not have been any more effective. Her Chest scans are clear. She had an endoscopy last week that shows a sliding Hiatus Hernia and Grade 1 Oesophagitis and Reflux. She does not have typical heartburn symptoms but describes a feeling of sometimes having a carpet behind her sternum. The recommendation is that she continues with the PPI medication but this does not help her cough and we are looking for a way that actually treats this. I believe that she has GERD and that the hernia should be treated and possibly a fundoplication may be needed. We would welcome some advice. Regards
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