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Hope the appointments go well.

I wanted to let you know that I had a chronic, hard cough for a long period of time, and it was (eventually) found to be caused by gastric reflux. When I would lie flat, or only slightly elevated stomach acid would splash all the way up to the epiglotis (sp?) and would make it's way to the trachea. I would cough very hard, and this resulted in an unhealed rib fracture. (ribs cut in surgery couldn't heal).

The gastric reflux is a common problem after thoracic surgery.

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Thanks for the info. I am already on Prevacid for acid reflux, and usually have it under control. My cough happens day and night, though not as often recently as in the past.

Next week I go for a CT scan to check for the results of 2 months of prednisone and to see whether it is scar tissue or an active inflammation in my lungs around the radiation site.

I may also have a hairline fracture in my rib which seems to be healing slowly. Bone scan was negative, thank goodness.

Approved for SSDI within 2 months. Unbelievable. Now I just have to adjust to being labeled disabled, as well as being disabled.


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