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Silent reflux?

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puzzledbyadream Wed 03-Aug-16 12:47:36

I seem to have a cough every few months and if I don't have a cough I'm clearing my throat all the time. Years ago now I was diagnosed with post-nasal drip and prescribed fluconase nasal steroids which stopped the cough the first time but made no difference the second time.

I can feel a post-nasal drip, but google has thrown up an article which says that some people actually just have very sensitive throats due to damage from silent reflux and therefore feel the normal drip where others wouldn't. I am considering this as possible since in the past year I have started coughing if I eat or drink something very cold, sip spirits (that was embarrassing at a rum tasting) or eat popcorn as my throat is very irritated by these things. I also have a randomly hoarse voice when my symptoms are particularly bad and quite often have this slight sore throat and a sort of tight feeling. I recall having this when I was a child and would feel "sick in my throat" (not physical sick, just feeling sick but it not coming from my stomach). Which had a tendency to strike on holidays and ruin it for my mum.

However, I don't have any other real gastric issues, I have IBS but that all takes place past my stomach. So am I going to look very silly if I mention silent reflux to a doctor when it's clearly something from google? 10 years is a long time to constantly clear my throat.

gingeroots Wed 03-Aug-16 14:07:50

in the past year I have started coughing if I eat or drink something very cold, sip spirits (that was embarrassing at a rum tasting) or eat popcorn as my throat is very irritated by these things. I also have a randomly hoarse voice when my symptoms are particularly bad and quite often have this slight sore throat and a sort of tight feeling

I think definitely go to GP ,stress it's a fairly recent development and is in addition to the ongoing cough .
Ask if it could be silent reflux .

Hope GP is helpful .

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