Patient Comments: Chronic Cough - Experience

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Comment from: bseiwald, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: October 20

I have been coughing for 40 years. I suspect my chronic cough started with a severe case of the flu. In 1998, my doctor suspected I may have a tic which was causing me to clear my throat all day long. It later became a coughing problem. I have had numerous tests including x-rays, allergy testing, speech pathology, cough suppression strategies, pH monitor testing, and I am still coughing. Tussionex cough suppressant is the only relief I get and it is expensive and very hard to obtain. I am 78 years old.

Comment from: Rose, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 24

I have a chronic dry cough going on 10 years now. Doctors didn’t help the problem. It’s the worst at night. If I wake up 10 times I have to drink lime water; it helps but my sleep is poor. I drink a mouthful of it, just a half lime or lemon in 32 oz water. I am looking for something that works better.

Comment from: Barbara, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 12

I'm not giving advice, just opinion. I went through this never ending cough. I worked a job that I had to be able to see (not through watery blurry eyes from coughing and urinating on myself all day). Something had to be done. I had bronchitis. The cough refused to stop. My lungs are now clear, no post nasal drip, etc. What I believe, and I will always believe is that all that coughing irritated my throat and esophagus, after 3 months of horrible, cough, a lung cough, but all tests were clear. Then it had to be irritation in my bronchial tubes and throat. So, my daughter gave me a big bottle of strong cough syrup, the stuff that actually works. After not irritating my throat with the cough all day, every day, it was about to heal. It got rid of the inflammation and sure enough, after two weeks, it was gone. I truly believe it is irritated, bronchial tubes and throat that caused the cough. The cough syrup, the prescription kind, the strong one is all everyone needs to give your throat a rest so it can heal.

Comment from: bseiwald, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: December 01

I have been coughing for about 15 years. I have had a chest x-ray, tried inhalers, endoscopy, pulmonary lung test, 24 hour pH monitor testing, allergy tests, and so on. I am a healthy 72 year old female. The only relief I have is to take Tussin Ex 1 teaspoon every day. I can take it at 3 am, and at 3 am the next morning I start coughing. I am lucky I can afford the cough medicine, it is USD 200.00 per bottle (3 months’ supply). It is not covered by insurance, and I have an understanding doctor that knows my condition is real and will give it to me. I am so grateful for this forum and to know I am not alone.

Comment from: pushkin, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: July 24

I have had a longstanding dry cough which started while I was in hospital receiving radiotherapy (big mistake) two months ago and it hasn't gone away. As soon as I go to bed or lie down the coughing stops. As soon as I get up it starts. In short I am perishing sick of it. I eat a Mediterranean diet mostly raw, lots of juices homemade, fruit, and vegetable. I have two theories as to its causes, one the grit and dust particles as I live in a 100 percent sandy area and there are always high winds in the summer, and the operation for breast cancer.

Comment from: Alan R, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: April 15

I have chronic cough and COPD. I also have epilepsy, pacemaker, am blind in my left eye, and have a burst ulcer.

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