At present I am wondering how much longer I can go on with my constant coughing - brought on by a cold. I feel sure a much older person could not survive with such relentless coughing. Doctors/therapists talk about bringing up the mucus, which I have always found difficult, and appear to be able to offer nothing more helpful. Breathing control doesn't really help me nor does the Aerobika. I am at my worst at the moment but everyday I do get coughing attacks, especially first thing in the morning when I get out of bed. One specialist just listened to me talking about my symptoms, shrugged his shoulders and said "that's bronchiectasis" which definitely showed his lack of understanding when it came to this horrible illness. Has anybody found anything which has helped them which I could try?
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Hopefully not much longer for you Spanielblue.
They only ever said my horrendous cough for 60 yrs (to my knowledge) was Asthma, and Bronchiectasis only diagnosed two years ago, after CT Scans and blood tests, so agree with poemsgalore1.
I’ve never smoked but invariably sounds as though I’ve been on 40+ a day. 😂.
Get well soon.
I feel I ought to be helping you. Such a very, very, long time being treated for asthma without bronchiectasis being spotted. Unbelievable! Since writing my tale of woe, I have received lots of helpful replies so I hope you are able to see them. All sorts of things have been suggested so will try a few of them. I hope somebody is now trying to help you with your bronchiectasis. I have been told to ask for a consultant who has a special interest in the illness but have only just been referred to one. Don't give up!
My friend has one of them vests that vibrates and boy oh boy does that bring some shit up.
If you are ok with paracetamol, you could try one tablet ( dose is usually 2). It dries my mucus up for a few hours and it’s the mucus that makes me cough. I take 5 tablets in a day and hardly cough now. As a tablet wears off, the mucus thins and I start to cough. I make sure I clear my chest at least once a day. ( abc breathing cycle) If you have too much, the mucus gets very thick and sticky and hard to cough up. I use a nebuliser then. I experimented with a lot of different things when I needed an eye op, and this was the best for me. I tablet gave me 4 hours of no coughing. However I have sarcoid fibrosis and we are all different so you need to find what works for you.
Best of luck. Coughing is exhausting.
Thank you very much, Jo, for this information. I didn't know that Paracetamol could help to dry up mucus so I will definitely give it a go. I think we all reach a point when we say we will try anything, don't you? Is your abc breathing cycle the same as the "huffing" one? I have tried the latter but never able to complete the cycle because I have to keep stopping to cough. At present I haven't been prescribed a nebuliser but will ask about it when I go to the respiratory clinic next week. I will now go and look up "sarcoid fribrosis" because I don't know what this is. Once again, many thanks.
Abc briefly, as I do it, is breathe in with diaphragm, hold until you cough, relax, do it again. It makes all the cilla in the breathing tubes, point the same way. I do it about 5 times, then get breathing back to normal a bit, followed by huffing the mucus out.
Sarcoid is probably inherited and can attack body all over, but mine is in lungs and hopefully stays there. It causes granules to grow( non cancerous) but cause pulmonary fibrosis. They treat me with chemo that withers the granules .
As regards the coughing, I also take an antihistamine daily tablet, that is supposed to dampen allergy symptoms.
You have a few suggestions in the replies so good luck with finding something that works for you. Coughing is exhausting.
I was diagnosed with Bronchiectasis in March last year when I saw the doctor with a relentless cough, and was sent for a CT scan. Nothing helped me until my partner decided to buy me the Dyson Cool Fan which is now at the side of my bed. Within two nights of using it (setting no 2) the coughing started to lessen and the phlegm build up got less and less. Yes I get the odd cough even now but I would say since buying that and using it every night I am 99% Peter. I don't know why it helps me but it certainly does. When I decided to leave it off for a few nights back came the troublesome cough so I know the fan is doing something worthwhile.
I hope you feel better soon.
Great advice as I use all of those things to keep my chest clear! The mucus clearance and lung expansion device I use is called Air Physio and it will causes you to cough but it pulls the mucus up. It also helps you strengthen your lungs. I also take a tincture of Thyme which quiets my cough in seconds!! Ask about trying the herb Boswella! Great stuff and it opens your lungs so you can breathe. Good luck All.
Ck out this site where you can buy these items on line or Check for them in your area. I’m in the USA. iherb.com
The thyme is a tincture which is a liquid and you add it to water. Boswella is Frankincense and I have it in tablet form. Just took one bc I felt short of breath and it opened me right up! Ck with your dr or do your research! This is what works for me but my asthma is mild. Good luck.
Hi, Have you tried carbocisteine with an flutterer. the carbocisteine the loosens the mucus and the flutter machine helps to bring it up. Another thing you could try is sleeping in an upright position so the mucus doesn't lay on the chest. Idelly you need a "Hospital" bed but you can make do with pillows. All helps to keep coughing down or is more productive.