Hi, I have come to this site via the Thyroid UK website as I am looking for some answers. On their very long list of Hypothyroidism syptoms they have listed some Nose, Mouth & Throat issues and amongst those listed are Post-nasal drip (PND) and choking fits. I was wondering if anyone could shed any light on these symptoms eg why and how they are associated with Hypothyroidism.
I have been suffering with a Post-nasal drip for some years now and have been to the doctor several times and to Ear. Nose & Throat consultants at the hospital. I have had a camera put up my nose on 3 separate occasions, had chest x-rays and a ct scan. They have ruled out cancer and streptococcal reflux. On my last trip I was diagnosed with a mucociliary dysfunction and given 3 months of antibiotics (this was about a year ago).
The thing is, it goes away (but not quite completely) in the summer but comes back every winter with avengence. It's like the weather changes, I catch a cold and boom, weeks of coughing fits and this constant feeling of a running nose, but internally (as well as externally). Last night is my most recent example, I woke up at 3.35am needing to cough, I spent an hour trying to supress it as much as I could, sipping water, clearing my throat, trying to get back to sleep. In the end I had to let it all out and spent the rest of the night on the sofa trying to sleep and constantly coughing. I have to come down to the sofa as why should my husband have a sleepless night too due to the bed constantly shaking and being woken up by sudden and barking coughs. One of us needs to function in the day and I feel so guilty disturbing him!
The trouble is, it's not just the sleepless nights, the coughing is all day long too. So far this time it's been 4 weeks.
So, can my symptoms be associated with my thyroid condition or is it unrelated? Why is it on the symptoms list on Thyroid UK and when it is associated with hypothyroidism, how does it manifest itself? Is this something I have to live with for the rest of my life, or can it be treated somehow.