Dry Cough

I started coughing occasionally about a year ago. This last week it has got a lot worse with repeated coughs (six or seven at a time) Four or five times a day.

My G.P checked it out a few months back and found nothing.

There is no pain or sore throat. Its a PSP thing I'm sure.

Has anyone else come across this and is there anything to alleviate it?

Thanks

Liz

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  • Liz

    My dad coughs a lot especially after drinking

    I think it's bloody Psp my darling

    See what others say

    I think (that's only a think) pineapple juice may help

    X

  • do you cough spontaneously? Or after you eat or drink? I'ts just a dry cough...B coughed to due choking and maybe normal post nasal drip....since he could not swallow normally the normal got abnormal!

  • Hi

    I cough a little when I eat. I don't know why. I don't have trouble swallowing... yet.

    I also cough for no reason... no tickley throat.

    Thanks

    AB

    x

  • I just read Heady's words....that's a good idea if you have a speech therapist, you might ask them a remedy or a swallow study....

    AVB

  • Hi Liz, I would have a chat with your speech therapist. They are the people who deal with anything to do with the mouth or throat.

    Lots of love

    Heady

  • Hi Heady

    Yes, I think your right.

    Off to the G.P. when Kevin remembers where he left the car ;)

    And we will telephone the Speech Therapist Monday.

    PSP should come with an appointments card a mile long!

    Here we go again :)

    Thanks

    Love

    Liz

    xx

  • There are so many types of and causes of coughs; I think you need to figure out what might be triggering them. My two cents: a regular dry cough may be a sign of heart trouble, and I would have that checked out - maybe your doctor has considered and dismissed that already? Coughing from bad swallowing was addressed by my guy's having a barium swallow test and being given some exercises, which helped a lot, but not forever. Currently we use atropine drops, which have really helped the problem of very sticky phlegm interfering with his breathing and causing him to cough and choke at night.

    Psp has so many avenues of attack. I hope you get some relief from this one soon! Love, Ec

  • Hi All

    Thanks... looks like a trip to the G.P. then.

    Check up and a Speech Therapy referral - again.

    Soon as Kevin get's the car back! ;)

    Thanks for the great consult. :)

    Love

    Liz

  • Hey, Liz, is the cough still bothering you?

  • Hi ec

    Oops

    A contrite Kevin has just called the speech therapist for an appointment!

    My swallowing has deteriorated too. Choking a bit occasionally and aspirating.

    Thanks for prompting me.

    Liz

    xx

  • S was coughing and choking quite a lot, until I started puréeing all his food and thickening drinks. (Sorry Kevin) it's a right pain, but worth it, as he is hardly coughing, at the moment. Still takes two hours to eat a meal though, that's 6 hours out of my day. Insists on doing it himself. That's why I am always on here!!! Can't leave him, still don't trust him, or the dog, who is quite capable of nicking all S's food, if I turn my back!!!

    Lots of love

    Heady

  • We have the speech therapist coming on Monday now.

    That's a lot of time out of your day!

    And , there is so much else to do. Kevin struggles to keep up anyway.

    Well he moans a lot ;)

    Thanks for the tip. We're not quite there, not quite.

    Love

    Liz

    xx

  • Hi Liz, another way around puréed food, is to serve foods, that are naturally soft and easy to swallow. Curries, pasta dishes, rice meals. (They are also good, as Kevin can cook a large batch and freeze down, for those days when cooking is not an option.) Anything that everything is soft and doesn't need much chewing. Although I do find that I have to remind S to chew, even if it's liquid in his mouth, seems to waken the brain up, to send the right messages to the throat. But saying that, he can still eat crisps. Which I allow once a week!

    Lots of love

    Heady

  • Hi Heady

    I am not looking forward to that, but I know its on the way.

    Thanks for explaining what Kevin needs to do so clearly.

    We will move to soft food now.

    The only plan I have made is for Kevin to make chocolate sauces for my main meals. Which I believe is very nutritious, if part of a balanced diet of chocolate moose, hot chocolate etc and with Gin and Tonics as a supplement. ;)

    Love Liz

    xx

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