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Constant throat clearing aaaaagh

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peanutnutter Tue 02-Aug-16 07:52:07

My lovely DH clears his throat constantly and I mean constantly. I have counted not obsessed and it's at least 10 -15 times a minute. Sometimes to the extent that if we are watching a film I have to pause and rewind as we miss part of the story. When he does it it's very loud and incredibly annoying my tolerance is very low atm. Just needed to get that off my chest rather than kill him grin

apatheticfallacy Tue 02-Aug-16 08:00:45

Argh! You have my sympathy. I am currently suffering DH's constant sniffing but at least that will improve once his cold is over. Is it a new tic?

peanutnutter Tue 02-Aug-16 08:06:08

Sadly not fallacy it's been 26 years but got worse as he's gotten older. I also have an aversion to noise which doesn't help. I share your pain.

peanutnutter Tue 02-Aug-16 08:07:45

It's like living with someone who is always on the verge of making a huge announcement wink

ElspethFlashman Tue 02-Aug-16 08:13:27

FIL had that. Drove me spare, it was so frequent that he'd do it before a sentence, mid sentence and then at the end of a sentence.

And then every five minutes in silence anyway.

Theres no way he knew he was doing it. And he certainly had no respiratory issues. So I Concluded it was an involuntary tic (like Tourettes or similar even though it wasnt Tourettes obvs) and it didnt annoy me as much after that.

CodyKing Tue 02-Aug-16 08:25:13

Could be a nasal drip - doctors can sort it - it's not good for people who work with him either

peanutnutter Tue 02-Aug-16 08:29:10

Cody he is now retired so it's only me that hears it. Doctor's? This is a man we are talking about. However if I mention I feel out of sorts (which is very rare) he immediately says "you need to see a doctor about that" Give. Me. Strength.

Milzilla Tue 02-Aug-16 08:33:50

I have this - it's an involuntary tic. Lots of people have told me it annoys them but when I actively try to suppress it, it makes it much worse.

I've tried many things over the years to get rid -nope, still going strong 30 years later 😧

HowToChooseAUserName Tue 02-Aug-16 13:42:54

it's an involuntary tic

Hypnosis? May help with relaxation.

Also does he have a medical problem that under lies it - eg. excessive mucus production?

JanetWeb2812 Tue 02-Aug-16 16:46:00

There is fairly rare condition known as Oesophageal Diverticula which can cause just such symptoms.

Milzilla Tue 02-Aug-16 21:39:06

Hypnosis didn't help..

Justtrying Tue 02-Aug-16 21:49:51

Dh does this when he comes to bed every night then 3-4 times in 20 minutes, normally just as I'm dropping off again. Once asleep snores like a chimney for the first few hours. We are both trying to lose a bit of weight so hoping it will improve. But 15 years in its tiring.

IcedVanillaLatte Tue 02-Aug-16 22:00:27

DP. Oh God, DP.

He is a constant stream of noises. He does this combination of a burp and a hiccup. He coughs. He sighs. Repeatedly. Then denies it. He groans and grunts. He belches. He CLICKS HIS TONGUE AND IT DRIVES ME NUTS. He has Random Pavarotti Disease (see: Rex the Runt). He sneezes so loudly it really, genuinely hurts my ears. I've trained him to say "AGOANASNEE" before he shoutsneezes. I have just enough time to clap my hands over my ears. I can't count how many times I've dropped my phone on the ground because it's absolutely imperative that I cover my ears. Hundreds. He sniffs. He clears his throat. He CLICKS HIS fingers repeatedly when he's looking for something. He moves in a noisy way and he Breathes. Everyone else breathes. He Breathes. He insists on resting his leg on my lap, then he starts slooowly rotating his foot. When I tell him he's doing it, he denies it and instantly stops. Sometimes he just rotates the big toe. It's almost sinister.

IcedVanillaLatte Tue 02-Aug-16 22:05:48

You type "clicks his" in block caps once and your phone thinks you want to do it forever <sigh>

Shadowracer Tue 02-Aug-16 22:14:47

It's a combination of habit and tension,
Get him to become aware of it, and get him to take a sip of water every time he wants to 'throat clear'.
Basically every time he 'ahem's' he's banging vocal folds together, and then the folds produce more mucus as a protection measure, and bingo he'll want to 'ahem' again to clear the extra mucus.
It will be hard for him to break this habit. And it takes approx three weeks to change/ break a habit!

Milzilla Wed 03-Aug-16 05:08:36

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Milzilla Wed 03-Aug-16 05:09:24

peanutnutter Wed 03-Aug-16 07:16:25

Thank you all. I suspect it's a combination of habit and a dry throat. I doubt it will cease as he's done it since we met 26 years ago. It's just more annoying since he is home 24/7. I will try and remember that it's not IBS (irritable bastard syndrome) but that he can't help it. smile

edisonsjeans Thu 04-Aug-16 22:04:22

My son does this...turned out he had a very severe dust mite allergy. Maybe send your husband for some tests of common household irritants?

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