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How Does Gerd Cause a Cough?

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How Does Gerd Cause a Cough?

 

Although not one of the more obvious symptoms of GERD, cough is perhaps the most easily overlooked. Cough and wheezing are common symptoms often not associated with GERD. Cheryl Joenes. EHow Health. May 2011. (Also see: GERD)

 

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Janey Willis

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I live with a chronic cough (daily - on and off all day) and I would estimate about 75% of it is due to GERD. I do take Prevacid twice a day and that prevents heartburn and reflux, but I still get the cough. At times I have to take a chewable antiacid to get the cough to stop and that helps for a while. The cough is also a great indicator as to what I should and shouldn't be eating on my anti-GERD diet. I know when I have forgotten to take my prevacid on time (6 pm daily), because around 6:30 the cough starts reminding me to take my pill. I have to say at this point, it is one of the most bothersome symptom I have (the other being my shortness of breath). So therefore, I do consider myself lucky!


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(Retired) ISN News Director

(Retired) ISN Technical Writer for Training Manuals

International Scleroderma Network (ISN)

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I get the cough at night mostly, it usually starts about an hour before I go to bed, like clock work. It wakes me up at night or makes it impossible to go to sleep. They have suggested I sleep propped up, which I am slowly managing. But that doesn't seem to stop the cough only the acid in my throat. I too find it one of the more annoying little side affects of Sclero. I would love a whole night of sleep, no cough, no pain, no acid reflux, just blissful sleep. But I think that is only going to happen if I hit myself over the head with a sledge hammer prior to bed!

 

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As many people I know with scleroderma, my daughter being one, have this cough I asked a rheumatologist about this cough and also a gastroenterologist at a recent Scleroderma Seminar.

 

Both these people seemed to feel that it may be due to food lodged in the wind pipe leading from the oseophogus, as part of reflux. I wonder if this might be right. My daughter has what I would describe as an annoying nagging cough in the mornings. Others seem to have the problem at night even though they have raised the head of their beds with wooden blocks etc.

 

You have raised an interesting question. Let's see what others think

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