A Word About GERD

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.


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Down in my basement, lined neatly on a shelf are handwritten notebooks chronicling my life. After years of writing, the experience became more of a burden then an important part of my day so I quit writing. Five years later I took up writing again. This time it was in the form of a blog which gave me a place to hang out after I lost my job. From there my blog content morphed into writing about my general contractor experience building our house. As my life experiences grew so did my blog.

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