Hi, I’m 65. I’m currently being treated for anxiety and depression and they are pretty well managed with meds. But for the past 40 years, whenever I have gone through prolonged period of heightened stress (anything from a bad breakup to moving, which I’m now in the process of doing), I develop a bad dry cough. I have several fits a day and when it’s really bad, I cannot finish a sentence without coughing. In between fits my chest feels tight and something seems to be tickling the back of my throat.

I have seen doctors who say nothing is physically wrong with me my throat and lungs. I don’t think there is anything I can do but suffer through until I’m moved in. Lol. Since Christmas, my husband fell, was admitted to the hospital, had his legs operated on (PAD), went to rehab, I lost my phone, the car died, I found out we were moving in 4 weeks (husband needs a ground-floor apt), packed up everything (not done yet), help husband get around (he can’t help with the move). I guess the anxiety is to be expected.

But what flummoxed me when I asked my psychiatrist about it and he suggested I might have a cold! I know what a cold feels like! This is not it!

Is there anyone else this happens to? I’ve searched a bit but the latest posts I’ve seen were 7 years old.

Thank you! I’m starting to sound like Gollum.
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replied March 4th, 2019
As hyperstimulation increases, so can the persistence of anxiety cough. When stressed and/or anxious, many people breathe rapidly and shallowly.
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replied March 7th, 2019
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As hyper-stimulation increases, so can the persistence of anxiety cough. When stressed and/or anxious, many people breathe rapidly and shallowly. While this type of breathing pattern generally isn't harmful in short duration it can cause the throat to become dry and raw if stress and/or anxiety are sustained.
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replied April 12th, 2019
This is exactly what happened to me. I had a cough for over 10 years, exacerbated by the least bit of stress. An ENT sent me to 6 different specialists. They all gave me a clean bill of health. I finally went to an ENT at UCSF. He put me on the maximum dosage (1800mg) of Gabapentin for a month. That cured me for almost a year. When it came back he put me on Neurontin and so far that's working. Where are you located?
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