A word about “GERD” and “THE COUGH”.
Anyone that knows me, knows my cough. It has been my constant companion for 20 years (give or take a year).. For those of you who don’t know me, suffice it to say my hacking cough does get the attention of people around me. Some have asked if I have been checked for TB.
My sister-in-law (God bless her) shared a conversation she had with a co-worker. The co-worker had chronic asthmatic, bronchitis symptoms, and had undergone a battery of medical testing with no relief Recently the co-worker had lunch with a friend, who upon hearing her symptoms, said “You have GERD”. Sure enough, the random luncheon diagnosis proved to be the answer to a ongoing medical mystery.
GERD symptoms can be, but not limited to; chronic cough, asthma, sinusitis, chest pain (can exhibit as a heart attack), and bad breath, to name a few.
With nothing to loose, I tried the over the counter med, Omeprazole. After two weeks on the med, my hacking cough and the heavy suffocating phlegm was gone! I am happy to report two months in to the GERD self diagnosis, I am., for the most part symptom free…..taking an occasional cough drop for a tickle in my throat.
Side Note: Symptoms listed were gathered from internet sites where it is reported children with GERD can exhibit similar symptoms. I do not have any medical training. If you think you or your child might have GERD, please consult your Doctor for treatment.