Patient Comments: Chronic Cough - Experience

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Comment from: journal33, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: February 13

I am a 68 year old female. I have had a chronic cough for about 18 years. I have had lung x-rays that showed nothing. I was sent by my doctor to explore the three things of reflux, post nasal drip, and allergies and tried some medications over time for all 3, but I am still strongly coughing away. It is very embarrassing to cough in any social setting and gives me a urine leak so I have to wear a pad. I am afraid of the long term effects of the strong medications and explored alternative ideas. But so far no help with acupuncture or homeopathy. Recently I tried some mineral stones that you let sit in a glass of water for 10 hours and drink it at night before you go to bed. It helped for a while to decrease the frequency and severity of the cough but as soon as I stopped, it returned again. One practitioner told me that my cough started around the same time that my parents and brother passed away all in close proximity to each other, but he said it was subconscious and therapy wouldn't help. I have gone gluten free but it didn't help. I'm still struggling to get a handle on my cough and I found if I watch something funny on the computer, then I don't cough temporarily. My latest plan is that I found a hospital cough center in New York and I called up to make an appointment even though I live out of town. At this point I am willing to fly there to see if they could diagnose properly where the cough stems from. It was great for me to read these posts to hear that I am not alone and that all of you who wrote here understand my situation. I give you all my best wishes to find your cure and get rid of your coughs.

Comment from: jodi, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: February 07

This is long, but may help other sufferers. I am 68 and have a dry chronic, intermittent cough since before I was a teenager. Seriously! I will cough often during the day and it keeps me awake at night. Strong scents or riding in a car can trigger it. Most times, I have no idea what triggers it. This cycle can last for months and then disappear for weeks or even over a year. Sometimes it is so severe that I'm gasping for air and tears run. It doesn't help to drink water or suck on a lozenge. My mother (now deceased) and my sister, also suffer with this same cough. Over the last 50 years, we've been through pulmonary work-ups, blah, blah. The last diagnosis was 'respiratory irritation'; no kidding! I had tonsils removed, been treated with inhalers, every cough suppressant known to man, and GERD drugs. I've gotten relief twice! Prednisone stopped it as long as I was using it (not good to take long-term). Over 30 years ago, my mother's doctor prescribed Tussionex cough syrup. It worked for her and works beautifully for my sister and me, to stop the cycle. Sometimes I need to take it daily for a couple of weeks and sometimes, one dose will stop it for an extended period. Problem is it's quite expensive and is a controlled substance; it's not easy to get the doctor to prescribe it.

Comment from: ycequeen13, Female (Patient) Published: June 30

I am 46 and have the exact same symptoms of chronic cough. I find going to the gym and drinking lots of water and getting more sleep is helping a lot. I exercise with a friend and it's easier. I still find when I am not doing these things I feel that way again.

Comment from: Scot, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: April 30

I've been having a constant cough for over a year. It feels like I have mucus or phlegm in my throat. I think I have tried every over the counter medicine. My family doctor also gave me a prescription nasal spray. Nothing helped. I have seen an allergist, oral surgeon, and 3 different ENTs. They all pretty much said that I would have to live with it. Yesterday, I went to a different ENT. Without me telling him my symptoms, he asked if I was constantly clearing my throat and coughing. Yes! He said, I bet the other doctors told you nothing. Correct! He said that I have laryngopharyngeal reflux (LPR). Otherwise known as silent reflux. It's basically like acid reflux (which I do have), but without the burning sensation. He said just enough gets up to the larynx to agitate it. He suggested doubling my acid reflux medicine (omeprazole). We will see how this works. But at least I got an answer other than ‘live with it!’

Comment from: Neighbouring cough, 45-54 Male (Caregiver) Published: April 08

I live in a quiet street and over the last 6 months I have noticed that a neighbor has chronic coughing fits every night. He goes outside to cough obviously to not wake his family, not realizing that he keeps his neighbors awake. It is a concern as his coughing lasts for up to 30 minutes and sounds like he is almost vomiting. It happens during early mornings 1 am to 5 am. It is quite frustrating when it affects my sleep yet I am too embarrassed to approach them. I don’t know what the cause could be. I am not sure if he smokes cigarettes as I have never seen him smoke but he does drink which I witness often as they like to sit out the front yard as opposed to their backyard.

Comment from: Monir H., 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: May 28

I am experiencing huge coughing for last 15 years. I have taken so many medicine under many doctors but the improvement is zero. I want to get rid of this disease.

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