I started having the phlegmy PND cough over seven years ago. I was going through a four-pack of 160 count tissue every week for all the phlegm I coughed up. Tests ruled out acid reflux, COPD, asthma, bronchitis, emphysema, acid reflux, smoker's cough, heart disease, or any particulate allergy (dust/pollen/dander/fur/grass/ragweed). Saline spray, neti pot, Claritin/Clarinex, Zyrtec, Prilosec, Advair, Singulair, and Hepa filters were all useless.
The only thing that has helped me is clean air. Outdoor air works best. Finally found an MD who advised using an indoor air purifier with a carbon filter. So far, so good. Hope this helps some of you all, too.View Thread
Hmmm. I moved from the Culver City area to north Carson at the turn of the century. I had some of my respiratory problems before I moved to Carson, though. Tried all those meds you took; they didn't help and some of them made me worse. Took the same allergy, chest and lung tests as you; they all came out normal or negative. I recently tested positive for allergies to several metals and chemicals (VOCs). Various doctors have told me to stop using asthma meds and a lot of other specific meds because they contain too much of the VOCs I'm allergic to. At this point, I think it's basically a genetic problem that causes my inability to detox chemicals as well as others do. I concentrate on reducing the amount of toxins that I ingest or breathe and being glad I don't live in south Carson. HTHView Thread
That diet might work for you. After taking Prilosec for more than a year, I had to go on a high purine, low alkalizing diet. I learned that some foods, like lemons, are acidic but alkalizing.
I don't get the bronchitis diagnosis (misdiagnosis ?) anymore. Doctors now believe my cough is caused by a low body temperature caused by hormonal imbalances caused by exposure to airborne toxins and that my body reacts that way because of my DNA's genetic coding.View Thread
I tried Prilosec for two weeks. Nada. MD said, "Oh you're supposed to take it longer than the box says." OK, so I took Prilosec for another year and it still didn't help get rid of my productive cough. All it did was give me digestive problems that I never had before.View Thread
My blood pressure went up to 200/100 when someone in a doctor's waiting room had paint spills on their clothes. I usually react with sinus problems for several weeks after fresh paint is applied to things and I've started keeping a log of my BP and noticed it goes high for hours after a VOC exposure. The BP medicines I've tried have not helped with that.
Same goes for my eye pressure. I'm allergic to an ingredient that's in a lot of opthalmic solutions and, for the past few years, my eye pressure has been high every time they put an anesthetic in my eye before the pressure test. Last time my eye pressure was measured, I took a machine with me to dissipate the VOCs in the eye doctor's office so my eyes wouldn't burn (as they usually do when I'm indoors) and he didn't put anesthetic in my eye before measuring the pressure. My eye pressure was normal that day.View Thread
My pressure rises when I'm exposed to certain environmental agents (VOCs) in higher concentrations than what I can safely tolerate. Can anyone provide a link to a reputable study so I can share it with my doctors?View Thread
I recall reading that gel capsules usually contain one of my allergens. Can't remember which allergen, but since hypertension and high pulse rates are typical reactions I have to my allergens, I will start paying attention to this because I take a lot of gel capsules every day.View Thread
I've had the same problem with coughing up clear phlegm every few minutes 24/7 for almost 10 years. Figured out that whenever I warm up, the coughing stops immediately. For example, it stops while I'm drinking hot liquids. Most of my doctors haven't been much help because when the nurse or PA measures my temp at 96.8, they write 98.6 in my records, and when the doctor comes in s/he has no clue. If drinking hot liquids works, reply and I can let you know the other things my doctor and I did to fix it.View Thread