Hi, I last wrote on this forum a couple of years ago about my husband who has severe COPD, emphysema. At the time I had many positive replies which were all helpful but have not been back to the site since although I get daily news feeds. Everyone seems to be so kind and helpful, and I would like to be a part of your community again. My husband had a stroke last year and spent six weeks in hospital. This did not help his emphysema. His left side was affected, he can now walk with a stick, although only a few steps as he is so breathless, and his left arm is bent all the time and he can't move it though he can wiggle his fingers. I have to do most things for him and am his sole carer. I manage but it is hard work. He is on oxygen most of the day now and once downstairs, had to have a stairlift installed, sits on the sofa all day. He used to sleep well but now has this hacking cough every time he goes to bed which makes him more breathless and keeps him awake. He refuses to let me ring the doctor, saying "what can he do?" I gave him his rescue pack of steroids and antibiotics about a month ago. Can anyone tell me if coughing like he is a usual side effect of his emphysema? It is really getting him down. Sorry about this long post. Thank you for listening.
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