Yes, this was my main symptom for years before the "classic" symptoms kicked in. I had a chronic cough and frequent bronchitis.
I had a real bad night of acid reflux one night(up 2 hours) then the next day my sinuses were congested and by the following day I had what felt like a full fledge cold. Coughing up phlegm, sore throat and blowing my nose all the time. I am on day 5 and still coughing with chest congestion. Is this what you experienced?
The hard thing is that it's also cold and flu season. That makes it much harder to know if the symptoms are due to reflux or due to a cold or if a reflux night made you more susceptible to the cold germs. For me, I didn't actually realize my frequent bronchitis and laryngitis were due to reflux until after I got the typical reflux symptoms and started meds for that. I then realized that after three bad cases of laryngitis in one year the next year on meds I didn't get it at all.
But, yes, my symptoms were very similar to yours. Congestion, coughing and very prolonged coughing after my cold should've been gone.
Thanks for your quick response. One more question, I have given up coffee but have been reading about low acid coffee, have you ever tried that?
I just found out about my heart condition in May so I am still in trying. For now, coffee is not good for me. In fact, I think I got heartburn just because I drank one cup of coffee the other day... I try to buy low-acid apple juice. Somehow I forgot about no acid food in the fall for other health concerns, so I had too much acid suich as salad dressing or too much sour food, and coffee!! Maybe you can try low-acid coffee. Try de-caffeine coffee also.
I am new to this condition with coughs. The last few days I have frequent coughs after a bad cold. I also got funny asthma for a short moment at night 3 days ago. So I am taking nexium again to make sure the acid goes away. Since I had bad cold, the cough and phelgm seem to mix with heartburn now. I think I had too much acid food also. All factors combined, I have heartburn again! (I had one in May and the doctor prescribed nexium.)
But I think a real bad cold is still very different because I got running nose and bad throat and lots of real phelgm. It is just that it is mixed with heartburn when the real cold is getting better. I take asthma inhaler anyway due to my chest congestion problem (because of my anatomy condition,) so I inhaled the drug when I had that short asthma - it didn't feel good! Felt like choking.... Drinking water or tums helped.