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Throat-clearing could be sign co-worker has medical condition

There are 204 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Jun 19, 2008, titled Throat-clearing could be sign co-worker has medical condition. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

D ear Amy: I work in an office where we sit in cubicles. A new hire has a very annoying habit of clearing his throat and making grunting sounds constantly.

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Eneyer

AOL

#176 Jun 20, 2008
EEE wrote:
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He does that sometimes.
He likes to come over all pervy and dirty, but he's really just a great big sweetie!!!
*blowing kisses to Eneyer*
Thanks honey!
I guess I am just a mess of inconsistencies...sending a hug back!(EEE) Get it?
Eneyer

AOL

#177 Jun 20, 2008
Gotta bolt-night all!
EEE

Chicago, IL

#178 Jun 20, 2008
Eneyer wrote:
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Thanks honey!
I guess I am just a mess of inconsistencies...sending a hug back!(EEE) Get it?
Hahaha! I got it!

You're too cute! Be sure to tell your wife how lucky she is!
Im Me

Salem, OR

#179 Jun 20, 2008
RACE wrote:
Oh yeah right! Woman are just so wonderful to have around!
Let's see.....
Do I need to be told I left the seat up (again)? NO!
Do I need to be reminded that this is my 6th beer? NO! I do know how to count, and when I loose count I will go to bed.
Do I need to be told when the trash needs to be emptied? NO! I can fit more trash in one bag than you can put crap in your pocketbook.
Do I need to have sex? Hellll yes, but If I gotta hear all that other noise, I will just get a rental.
<quoted text>
In that case my boyfriend must really love me. But he is the one that usually counts how many drinks I have.lol. I don't care if he leaves the seat up, for me, it is really not very hard to put it down myself. Why does he have to put it down. I even put the seat up for him once it a while.
Ann

Watertown, WI

#180 Jun 20, 2008
Nick wrote:
Someone on my office clears their throat all day long and it is very annoying and distracting. To the person doing it: I do not care if it is a medical condition. Fix it. We are sick of you and hate you.
Nick, I'm really afraid you're an azzhole! Big Time.
morty

Willimantic, CT

#181 Jun 20, 2008
Here is a possibility----The person may have a sinus, or nasal condition that may be bothering him or her...
Patrick

United States

#182 Jun 20, 2008
robin in wrp wrote:
Feed people not pets!!!
Why does it have to be one or the other? Why such limited thinking?
xanadu

Chicago, IL

#183 Jun 20, 2008
morty wrote:
Here is a possibility----The person may have a sinus, or nasal condition that may be bothering him or her...
I'm with Nick. Then get it fixed! No one wants to hear that every minute of eight hours a day! If you have exhausted all medical solutions to the problem, then you get a huge pass and a lot of sympathy from me. But if you ignore it and refuse to get your rear end to a doctor then all you will get is scorn and dirty looks.
kbaann

Hanover Park, IL

#184 Jun 20, 2008
The coworker may have a deviated septum, persistent sinus issues or other health problems that cause this too, much more likely than Tourette's.
Suzanne

United States

#185 Jun 20, 2008
GEO wrote:
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I cant eat in a place where there are overweight people eating - It turns my stomach. And I get offended.
I'm glad I'm not the only one who feels that way. The other day we were at a restaurant & this 500 pounder guy leaned over the table to talk to his wife & his huge a-- was sticking out of his pants. Disgusting! I then lost my appetite.
Suze

Salisbury, MD

#186 Jun 20, 2008
throat-clearing wrote:
Amy, SHAME ON YOU!! YOu are NOT in a position to put forth the notion that the young man in L1 "might" have Tourette's. You could simply have said that he might have a medical condition and that if he did, it wouldn't be any of his coworkers' business. And FYI - constant throat-clearing could also be a sign of sinus infection, larygeal cancer, even cardiac dysfunction, or any number of other conditions.
So stop being so irresponsible. You're NOT a health-care professional.
Actually, when I initially read the letter, the first thing I thought of was Tourette's too. Sure, it could be sinuses, but if it's been going on a while... my son has Tourette's and the throat clearing and grunting (do you grunt with sinuses? Probably not. My sinuses make me cough, but not grunt..) sure sounds like my boy. I've had people turn around at church and such to tell him it's annoying, and he gets very upset. I take the person aside and explain Tourette's. There is NOTHING to be done about it. We've tried meds--useless. It's just one of those conditions you have to suck up.

But I don't think Amy deserved your shouting at her; maybe it's Tourette's, maybe it's not. But it sure sounds like TS to me.
True Love

AOL

#187 Jun 20, 2008
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beach girl

Marathon, FL

#189 Jun 21, 2008
throat-clearing wrote:
Amy, SHAME ON YOU!! YOu are NOT in a position to put forth the notion that the young man in L1 "might" have Tourette's. You could simply have said that he might have a medical condition and that if he did, it wouldn't be any of his coworkers' business. And FYI - constant throat-clearing could also be a sign of sinus infection, larygeal cancer, even cardiac dysfunction, or any number of other conditions.
So stop being so irresponsible. You're NOT a health-care professional.
I agree completely. I have asthma and at times need to clear my throat like the gentleman in question. They need to give him a break and take a look at their own idiosyncracies!
Eva Jynah

Carol Stream, IL

#191 Jun 21, 2008
My pet peeve is people who have to announce to the world their loud sneeze. THAT, is controllable. I guess that is just their being obnoxious.
What's with the noisy nose blowers? I think that could be controlled too.
pudbert_Savannah GA

Vandiver, AL

#192 Jun 21, 2008
Eva Jynah wrote:
My pet peeve is people who have to announce to the world their loud sneeze. THAT, is controllable. I guess that is just their being obnoxious.
What's with the noisy nose blowers? I think that could be controlled too.
How about "breathing too loud too?

Puuuhlease lady, does anything NOT bother you, that you would change how other people act, if you could?

Most "noisy nose blowers" have sinus problems and can't help it.

sounds like you need to get laid, there's waay too many things that bother you.
WalkedAway

Skokie, IL

#193 Jun 21, 2008
EEE wrote:
Deep down, we women know that we're better off alone forever than with a man hanging around messing up the place.
All men are good for is taking out the trash. Oh, and jewelry! Don't forget the jewelry.
I take out my own trash and buy my own jewelry. Case closed. Life is good.
throat-clearing

Astoria, NY

#194 Jun 21, 2008
I must respond to those of you who posted replies to my original comment. Amy's suggestion that the medical condition "might" be Tourette's is completely irresponsible and indefensible. Although it SOUNDS inoffensive, it is human nature to interpret the fact that she only named one particular condition means that it is the only possibility. This is true even if the reader keeps it in the back of his or her mind that she only meant it as a single possibility. If only one choice among many has a name, which one do you think you're going to remember?

It seems to me that Amy put forth the notion that he might have Tourette's because it was the only one she could think of at the time she wrote her column. I *am* a professional working in an allied health field -- anyone trained in pathologies of the throat or larynx knows that the severity of the signs and symptoms of throat pathologies often do not match the severity of the actual condition. Mild constant throat-clearing COULD be a sign of something as severe as metastatic cancer, whereas a harsh gravelly voice and heavy cough could just mean the person has the flu or stood too close to the backyard grill while the steaks were cooking. The reverse and all shades of gray in between could also be true.

So please don't be so quick to forgive Amy's irresponsibility so easily. She should not have put forth any particular disorder at all and left her comments simply at the level that the throat-clearing coworker might have a medical condition. She did not have to be more specific than that.
Tammy

Skokie, IL

#195 Jun 21, 2008
Lily wrote:
<Is a Jack Russell high strung???>
LOL!!! I am picturing a dog jumping up and down like a lunatic
Yes, exactly. That's a JRT, to a T.
RACE

Tucson, AZ

#196 Jun 21, 2008
Some guys just luck out!
Im Me wrote:
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In that case my boyfriend must really love me. But he is the one that usually counts how many drinks I have.lol. I don't care if he leaves the seat up, for me, it is really not very hard to put it down myself. Why does he have to put it down. I even put the seat up for him once it a while.
RACE

Tucson, AZ

#197 Jun 21, 2008
And Panting! Dont forget Panting!
Lily wrote:
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LOL!!! I am picturing a dog jumping up and down like a lunatic

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