More than 20 million Americans suffer from what is known as enigmatic chronic cough. This book provides insights from Dr. Jamie Koufman’s almost forty years of successfully managing thousands of long-suffering cough patients. Indeed, the typical chronic cough patient who comes to her office has been coughing for more than a decade. This book provides the many who suffer from chronic cough new and potentially life-changing information and the potential to be cured.
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About the Author
Table of Contents
Foreword Suze Orman ix
Preface: For Some, Not All xi
Introduction: Are You an Enigma? xiii
1 Non-Pulmonary Chronic Cough 1
2 Diagnosis and the Chronic Cough Index 9
3 Post-Viral Vagal Neuropathy 17
4 Neurogenic Cough 24
5 Silent Airway Reflux 29
6 Dr. Koufman's Reflux Boot Camp 39
7 Asthma That Isn't Asthma 56
8 Don't Forget the Esophagus 60
9 Integrated Aerodigestive Medicine 63
Appendix A References 73
Appendix B What Else Could It Be? 86
Appendix C Glossary 94
About the Author 141
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Excellent book. Unlike the ubiquitous medical paradigm of specialty medicine (where each specialist seems unwilling to look at anything outside their specific body part, thereby "missing the forest for the trees"), Dr. Koufman looks at the whole body and explains the inter-connection of symptoms. I have had an unrelenting, embarrassing, constant chronic cough (and chronic throat clearing) for 6+ years, which started after a severe upper respiratory infection. The cough has been so bad at times that I have cracked ribs. I've seen dozens of specialists (including at the Mayo Clinic and the University of Mass. Cough Clinic); endured innumerable tests; and taken at least 25 different medications. I was given various diagnoses including “reflux” or “GERD”; post-nasal drip; psychogenic cough (a.k.a. "habit cough") and ... my favorite, "chronic cough" (i.e. symptom = diagnosis!) Over the years, I made a number of dietary changes -- to no avail. I was put on Nexium for years (and now have osteoporosis at a young age, likely caused by long-term use of this medication which can cause bone loss and is, thus, only recommended for short term use). I was put on numerous antibiotics and multiple courses of steroids (which led to a yeast over-growth in my gut -- only discovered recently -- which also causes chronic cough and chronic throat clearing, among other things). As described in Dr. Koufman's book, the gastroenterologists, ENT’s, pulmonologists, allergists and internists I saw over the years have a shockingly incomplete understanding of “silent reflux” and "neurogenic cough." The diagnoses I was given by various doctors were incomplete (or simply,incorrect); the medicines I took for years were unnecessary (and, in some cases, exacerbated the cough and/or caused further damage) and the recommended dietary changes were not enough. How I wish I had read Dr. Koufman years ago! Having implemented the comprehensive dietary changes and lifestyle modifications recommended in this simple, easy-to-read book, my cough has improved tremendously and I am finally on the road to recovery. I STRONGLY ENCOURAGE ANYONE WITH A CHRONIC COUGH (AND/OR SINUSITIS, ASTHMA, POST NASAL DRIP, etc.) TO READ THIS BOOK and save themselves a lot of time, money and misery. Thank you, Dr. Koufman!
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