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Acid Reflux / GERD Message Board

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Hi everyone, I'll try to summarize this and keep it short.

- 28 year old female
- Sinus infection, bronchitis in Aug-Sept 06.
- Broke 2 ribs I was coughing so much.
- Persistent cough despite 4 rounds of antibiotics (Azith x3 Amox once) and prednisone. And Advair diskus inhaler. And albuterol.
- Blood work revealed Walking Pneumonia in Dec 06.
- Round of antibiotics (clarithromycin). Still coughing.
- Another round of clarith. Still coughing.

* The only thing that seems to really work in Allegra-d, but I'd rather treat the problem, not just mask it.

Allergist tried plan A:

- Mucinex, nasonex for week if it's sinuses/allergies.
- Still coughing.

Allergist tried plan B:

- Took prevacid for GERD. [I]Cough improved.[/I] Had to stop after a few days because of heartburn and pressure under breastbone. Cough returned.

- Today: we are trying zantac, but the prescription one. I'm thinking it's ranitidine.

So I am thinking this is stomach-related though I have no stomach pains, no heartburn, no gas, no indigestion. Why else would prevacid work?

And why is there a stomach problem? Antibiotics killed all my good bacteria and my stomach is having problems digesting food? Or a hiatal hernia from all the coughing?

I don't feel poorly. I'm tired some days because the cough keeps me from sleeping well. I felt very rested when I was on the prevacid.

Things I have noticed in the past few months:
- had heart palpitations twice while laying down (pre-prevacid).
- alcohol makes the cough worse
- had yeast infections
- had fungal/yeast-related rashes

Oh, and I am going to try the ACVinegar tonight. I did not have AC at home, just white distilled. I took it and I coughed harder. What does that mean?

Lifestyle: exercise, right weight for my age and height. Don't smoke. Don't eat junk food.

Thanks for your patience and for reading. I'm so tired of coughing.

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