I have had a constant dry cough on and off for months with slightly uncomfortable feeling in my oesophagus.I have not really noticed much problem with heartburn etc. My doctor sent me for a chest x-ray and I am still waiting on the result of it. I now have a dull pain under my ribs on the right side. It comes and goes, but is more annoying than really sore. When I get the dry cough I am almost sick although a few times I have been a little sick. Basically this started when my mum took ill with Non Hodgkins Lymphoma which seriously affected her gullet. She was in hospital for eight weeks until she passed away.
I wondered if some of my problems were stress related. Its been seven weeks since my mum passed away and I only returned to work a week ago.
As for the pain in my ribs, I did turn over last week and felt I had pulled a muscle. Could this be whats wrong?
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replied May 22nd, 2011
Hello and welcome to e health forum.

The symptoms described in the history do appear to be due to GERD. Stress can result in increased acid production and acid reflux can cause irritation of the throat, resulting in persistent cough.

You can have relief from these symptoms by regularly using antacids like tums, and acid reducers like omeprazole.

You might consult your regular doctor or a gastroenterologist for a examination and proper treatment.
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