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Nasty Dry Cough - A Singer's Road to Wellness...

Furious_PhilFurious_Phil Posts: 1,305Moderator, Pro, 2.0 PRO
I hope that this is of help to others to persevere when the weird stuff rears its head.

I have been suffering with this weird intermittent (unexpected) dry cough that originates straight back from my jugular notch (where your clavicles meet in the center). After a few coughing sessions, it tends to leave my vocal cords in an inflamed state. As you can imagine, this is a very precarious situation for a singer!

To date:
- I've been given Ventolin puffers
- I've been tested for asthma
- I had chest X-rays
- I've had the lung volume tests ( I blew at 117%)
- The doctor recently gave me Pantaloc to help defeat her suspicion of silent reflux. This has actually helped quite allot, but I still occasionally get the cough especially when I hit cold air
- Last phase is I am going to an ENT to finally get properly scoped.

in the meantime, - I use glutathione (Most effective for reducing resultant vocal cord inflammation)
I also dropped coffee and dairy, and drink Peppermint tea to keep the mucous off my cords, and licorice tea to ease any inflammation on my cords.

So now I wait for the ENT appointment... I'll let you know how it turns out :hushed:

Comments

  • doc_ramadanidoc_ramadani Posts: 2,452Administrator, 2.0 PRO, Facility Management
    Hi @Furious_Phil,

    sounds a little bit like a tracheitis (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tracheitis). I wish you all the best and a fast recovery, mate.

    Doc
  • doc_ramadanidoc_ramadani Posts: 2,452Administrator, 2.0 PRO, Facility Management
    PS.: Maybe the ENT colleague case see the inflamed mucosa of the trachea when doing the laryngoscopy.
  • Furious_PhilFurious_Phil Posts: 1,305Moderator, Pro, 2.0 PRO
    I guess I'll know more after May 15th (My appointment with the ENT)
  • Furious_PhilFurious_Phil Posts: 1,305Moderator, Pro, 2.0 PRO
    Well, I just got back from the ENT...
    Using the nasal camera he was able to see that there was no scar tissue, no nodes, and perfectly healthy vocal fold closure during vowel note ascensions. So that's great news yet again!

    Probably be looking at seeing an upper respiratory specialist next to do a full-on sedated laryngoscopy...
  • doc_ramadanidoc_ramadani Posts: 2,452Administrator, 2.0 PRO, Facility Management
  • MystiMysti Posts: 2762.0 PRO
    Great news! The next one sounds a bit scary. Hopefully you get good news there too.
  • HuduVuduHuduVudu Posts: 1,602Administrator, Moderator, Premium, 2.0 PRO, Facility Management
    So far so good. Keep us posted.
  • Furious_PhilFurious_Phil Posts: 1,305Moderator, Pro, 2.0 PRO
    Interesting... my family Dr. said there actually was signs of reflux burning.
    She is of the mind that this stomach acid burning has caused the irritation that causes the dry coughs (that come on like a sneeze).
    In her words, the reflux happens when I sleep, and the acid comes up to my throat and cooks my vocal cords.
    Looks like I'll be going on some sort of reflux suppressant to combat it.
    Hopefully this is the ticket and I can start to rebuild what I had and finally push it to the next level. :+1:
  • HuduVuduHuduVudu Posts: 1,602Administrator, Moderator, Premium, 2.0 PRO, Facility Management
    Phillip,

    I had this also. My indication was a slight dry cough occasionally with tonsil stones. I wanted to get rid of the stones so I worked from that angle. What I found was that when I removed the major food allergen from my diet the stones and consequently the cough went away. I like you could never feel the reflux. Though sometimes if the level of allergen in my food was very high I would get a slight reflux. Maybe a food allergen test could help illuminate the problem so that you don't have to take the pills.

    Shane
  • Furious_PhilFurious_Phil Posts: 1,305Moderator, Pro, 2.0 PRO
    After being on vacation for 2 weeks and eating some very high quality food... I noticed that I was rarely coughing, and my range and tone quickly recovered.
    After 2 days being back home, we got a pizza as we were all too bagged to cook, and I felt the familliar fire in my throat as I went to sleep, and woke up feeling like I was shouting all night!
    So it looks like pizza is off the menu lol
  • doc_ramadanidoc_ramadani Posts: 2,452Administrator, 2.0 PRO, Facility Management
    OMG, that would be hell for me - I LOVE pizza. :bawling:
  • WigsWigs Posts: 4842.0 PRO
    I hope it's not a major ingredient you are allergic to so you can enjoy some form of pizza 🍕
  • Furious_PhilFurious_Phil Posts: 1,305Moderator, Pro, 2.0 PRO
    LOL... I know, right???!!! Pizza is a weekly treat for me.
    Maybe I'll experiment with different sauces and maybe pita crust so I don't have to cut it out altogether :+1:
  • HuduVuduHuduVudu Posts: 1,602Administrator, Moderator, Premium, 2.0 PRO, Facility Management
    Try without the tomato sauce or try a white sauce with no garlic in it.
  • VocalityVocality Posts: 6672.0 PRO
    Pizza without tomato sauce :p
  • Furious_PhilFurious_Phil Posts: 1,305Moderator, Pro, 2.0 PRO
    I've heard tell of people using BBQ sauce, I may give that a shot.
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