Tickley cough related to UA thyroid??

I am 30 with an under active thyroid, I am currently on 150mg thyroxin and feeling like I've finally been levelled out after nearly 2 years of being diagnosed. In the last few months I've found myself coughing a lot, but not a real cough from my lungs. It feels like someone tickling my throat and feels so uncomfortable and sounds pretty pathetic as far as coughs go. But it happens a lot! Like sometimes when I'm at work talking to customers, it just comes on! It's the same feeling as when you choke on saliva?! If that makes sense??

Do you think it's thyroid related??

All replies will be very much appreciated :)

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  • LottyKayleigh85, if your throat or neck feel swollen it may be due to an enlarged or swollen thyroid gland. Over heated and air conditioned environments can cause a dry tickly throat so try to drink more water to see whether hydration helps. Hot water with a spoonful of honey and slice of lemon is very lubricating on the throat and is very soothing if the tickly throat bothers you at night.

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    I am not a medical professional and this information is not intended to be a substitute for medical guidance from your own doctor. Please check with your personal physician before applying any of these suggestions.

  • Thank you, i will be trying this with fingers crossed! Xx

  • Hello Lottiekayleigh,

    Welcome to our forum and sorry to hear you are not feeling well.

    I had a permanent cough and also a hoarse voice cause by a multi nodular goitre. These symptoms cleared once medicated on thyroid hormone replacement.

    We know that low thyroid hormone causes low stomach acid and bile but have also read that it can dry the mucus membranes up as well.

    Are you optimally medicated? Apart from your cough, do you feel well?

    Flower

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  • Thank you for your reply flower and the advice.

    I feel ok, I've been on thyroxine and sertraline for nearly two years now, I still get tired, my bones still ache, I'm always tired and my hair and nails are brittle. I'm constantly anxious and worried if I'm ever going to feel normal again. But I have learnt to deal with all that, this cough is really bothering me, mostly because it's embarrassing as it sounds like I'm almost pretending to cough, but it feels like something is scratching the inside of my throat, it happens about 12 times as day. Everytime I go to the doctors I just get told to do another blood test and shoved out of the door like I'm wasting their time so I thought I'd try this and see if anyone shares my symptoms and can relate to how I'm feeling every day x

  • Lottiekayleigh,

    The goal of thyroid hormone replacement is to restore the patient to euthyroid status so they are free of hypothyroid symptoms and feel well.

    You sound under medicated. Post any recent thyroid hormone test results complete with ranges (numbers in brackets) for members to comment.

    People with low thyroid hormone commonly suffer deficiencies in Vit B12, Vit D, Folate and Ferritin, all of which are essential for good thyroid function and hormone synthesis.

    Ask your GP to test levels and again post results in a new post.

    I hope you feel better soon.

    Flower

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    Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional and this information is not intended to be a substitute for medical guidance from your own doctor. Please check with your personal physician before applying any of these suggestions.

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  • LottieKayleigh85, has your GP ever palpated your throat to see whether there is swelling or a palpable nodule? If not, ask whether s/he will do so or refer you for an ultra sound scan. I had a large nodule compressing my trachea which caused hoarseness and a sensation of a lump in my throat Because it was growing inwards it wasn't initially palpable and I was told it was Globus sensation.

    Ask your GP receptionist or practice manager for your recent thyroid results and ranges (figures in brackets after results). Post them in a new question and members will advise whether you are optimally medicated.

    You might also ask for ferritin, vitamin D, B12 and folate to be tested. Hypothyroid patients are often low/deficient which can cause musculoskeletal pain, fatigue and low mood similar to hypothyroid symptoms.

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    I am not a medical professional and this information is not intended to be a substitute for medical guidance from your own doctor. Please check with your personal physician before applying any of these suggestions.

  • I have asthma, mainly triggered by allergy to feathers and plants and if i get a tickly cough, usually a couple of coughs, then a seconds break, then another couple and so on, its the start of my airways closing up. Its instantly relived by using my asthma spray.

    Before i was diangnosed, i tried cough sweets, liquids, gargling but nothing really helped... The cough would go but i'd feel a bit wheezy and breathless afterwards... Any help?

    Xx g

  • When I was on synthetic Thyroid I coughed all the time it didn't do anything for me it wasn't getting absorb into my system and I became quite ill had to change to Armour and have never looked back hope this helps. Anne

  • Sometimes we can get post nasal drip which can irritate the throat. My cough got better after getting an asthma diagnosis and a puffer to use for that. The asthma developed after the thyroid diagnosis.

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