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Old 04-16-2013, 12:14 AM  
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Could use some positive thoughts...

My middle son is experiencing some throat issues that are causing him constant coughing fits. He has missed several days of school, seen his primary care doctor, an allergist, and today an ENT. He is on 3 different prescriptions and still getting no relief. He is scheduled to go into the ENT again this week to take video documentation of his throat when coughing and speaking. If they are unable to determine what the problem is we are probably going to have to take him to Children's Mercy Pulmonary for further evaluation.

Please send him some thoughts and prayers for some kind of resolution to all this.
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Old 04-19-2013, 12:53 AM   #91
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have you tried having him sleep in an elevated position , like a reclining chair? My son had a bit of reflux problems and being inclined position seemed to help alot

yeah, we have him in the pull out bed that has a incline setting. Thing is though, he coughs just as much sitting up as laying down. I really don't see how GERD can be the culprit. I had GERD and never had that issue. Also, his coughing is generally late at night before bed and first thing in the morning for a few hours. In between he doesn't have that big of an issue.
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Old 04-19-2013, 02:40 AM   #92
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NOw they are saying it is GERD so we have to force him to overcome his fear of swallowing pills. I hate the idea of having him on omeprozole for a long term. Doc also says he has to learn to stop his coughing on his own as well. Yeah. Thanks for nothing. Nights are even more traumatic now because we have to tell him to try and stop coughing, which only upsets him because no matter how we try to talk him through it, he can't make it happen.

I just pray the omeprozole is a short term fix that can be stopped soon after the coughing stops. I don't want him stuck on that shit for the rest of his life.
I mentioned GERD early in the thread... shitty part of that is it will take a few weeks for the meds to fully integrate into his system and stop the cough, and if it is GERD you can only be patient until it does so (easier said than done). Sleeping in that elevated position should help some, but likely won't be a cure-all. And unfortunately, coughing can become a habitual reaction, so it is a good idea to try to get him to stifle it whenenver possible.
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Old 04-19-2013, 02:41 AM   #93
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yeah, we have him in the pull out bed that has a incline setting. Thing is though, he coughs just as much sitting up as laying down. I really don't see how GERD can be the culprit. I had GERD and never had that issue. Also, his coughing is generally late at night before bed and first thing in the morning for a few hours. In between he doesn't have that big of an issue.
In my post earlier, GERD can manifest as a chronic, violent cough with no other symptoms of acid reflux. Not surprising at all if this is the culprit.
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Old 04-19-2013, 03:04 AM   #94
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In my post earlier, GERD can manifest as a chronic, violent cough with no other symptoms of acid reflux. Not surprising at all if this is the culprit.
Well, I can only go on what people tell me so it helps to know that somebody else has had this problem. I just hope he doesn't have to stay on this drug for a long period of time. I was on the damn thing for 4 years before I finally said enough and tapered off. I only need it about once every 3-4 weeks now so I am close to off it. Took me almost 6 months of tapering to get here though.
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Old 04-19-2013, 03:06 AM   #95
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Also, a big thank you to everyone that responded to this thread and to those that didn't but still took the time to offer a thought nonetheless.

Hopefully this will end soon.
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Old 04-19-2013, 03:59 AM   #96
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Well, I can only go on what people tell me so it helps to know that somebody else has had this problem. I just hope he doesn't have to stay on this drug for a long period of time. I was on the damn thing for 4 years before I finally said enough and tapered off. I only need it about once every 3-4 weeks now so I am close to off it. Took me almost 6 months of tapering to get here though.
Me too, man.

My allergist told me last time I was there that even though a cough is linked to many, many other causes, GERD is something like the third leading cause of chronic cough.

It really sucks. I've broken my ribs once and dislocated two from coughing, so I definitely feel your (his) pain. I'm on omeprazole long-term along with my inhalers, as well. If it's GERD, nothing (generally) but controlling the cause will help - cough drops, suppressants, codeine... some say an antacid will help, so try giving him some TUMS whenever he gets into a coughing fit. It's at least worth a try.

Just know in advance if it is a GERD cough, those meds aren't going to fix it overnight or even over the course of a couple weeks. You have to be patient with the drug - while it may fix the acid symptoms within a couple of days, it takes something like 6-8 weeks for full potency in your system and for the cough to dissipate. It should start getting better in about 4 weeks.
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Old 04-19-2013, 05:02 AM   #97
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Me too, man.

My allergist told me last time I was there that even though a cough is linked to many, many other causes, GERD is something like the third leading cause of chronic cough.

It really sucks. I've broken my ribs once and dislocated two from coughing, so I definitely feel your (his) pain. I'm on omeprazole long-term along with my inhalers, as well. If it's GERD, nothing (generally) but controlling the cause will help - cough drops, suppressants, codeine... some say an antacid will help, so try giving him some TUMS whenever he gets into a coughing fit. It's at least worth a try.

Just know in advance if it is a GERD cough, those meds aren't going to fix it overnight or even over the course of a couple weeks. You have to be patient with the drug - while it may fix the acid symptoms within a couple of days, it takes something like 6-8 weeks for full potency in your system and for the cough to dissipate. It should start getting better in about 4 weeks.
Thanks man. I sure hope it is that simple. I can live with 4 weeks if we can taper him off after that.
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Old 04-19-2013, 05:19 AM   #98
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Thanks man. I sure hope it is that simple. I can live with 4 weeks if we can taper him off after that.
Really trying not to be a Debbie Downer here, just passing along what my doc has told me.

Four weeks is when you should start to see an improvement; doubtful it'll be dramatic. But it'll steadily get better as the weeks progress. If it's GERD, it'll probably be 2-3 months before he's totally fixed. As far as long-term, that'll be between you and the doc, but the doc won't want to do it. Mine took me off it, and about 4 months later it came back. So then I had to cough again for 2-3 months while the meds got integrated back into my system...
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Thanks man. I sure hope it is that simple. I can live with 4 weeks if we can taper him off after that.
Good. All the best Guru.
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Old 04-19-2013, 07:21 AM   #101
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Jesus. Sorry man. I don't envy your son. I've tried to force myself not to cough. I was woefully ineffective.

Here's hoping for a quick recovery.
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Old 05-08-2013, 06:21 AM   #102
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Well after all those tests it turned out to be simple GERD. He only needed to take 3 nights of pills and the cough went away.

Now, after insurance paid their part, we owe $1500. This is more than what I owed on my surgery.

What a racket.

Chiefsplanet was more reliable than the doctors. How sad is that?
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Old 05-08-2013, 06:39 AM   #103
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Well after all those tests it turned out to be simple GERD. He only needed to take 3 nights of pills and the cough went away.

Now, after insurance paid their part, we owe $1500. This is more than what I owed on my surgery.

What a racket.

Chiefsplanet was more reliable than the doctors. How sad is that?
Well, good for your son, bad for your pocketbook. But we all know what is really important--your son's health. Congrats!
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Well, good for your son, bad for your pocketbook. But we all know what is really important--your son's health. Congrats!
I'm happy he came out fine but they should have tried the simple options first rather than pushing him through all those ridiculous tests. All he needed was a $10 prescription.

The doctors don't deserve a pass on this.
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All that matters is your son is on the mend. Really glad to hear it buddy.
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