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Sandy9s
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USA
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Posted - Sep 01 2017 :  11:41:20 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I've been having chronic coughing spells........several each day. They usually come after sleeping, after eating something, often after taking my inhalers. When they happen at home, it's no big deal. I always cough until I can get the phlegm up........just white stuff. But when I am out at a restaurant, or just "out," and coughing happens, it can get very embarrassing. This morning, in a restaurant, the waitress brought me water without being asked after, obviously, listening to me have another coughing spell.

It usually takes me at least a minute or two of coughing before the stuff loosens up enough to cough up. This is when it's embarrassing.

What do others do when this happens?

Sam-Tx
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Posted - Sep 01 2017 :  2:21:55 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Totally unprofessional non-expert answer: If you can't spit it out, swallow it and then drink a little water with it. Your stomach acids will take care of the bad gook in it.
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SteveinMechanicsburg
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64 Posts

Posted - Sep 01 2017 :  2:45:49 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I dunno about you, but if I didn't huff up mucus every day with my Aerobika, I would have coughing spells, too.
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Sandy9s
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USA
298 Posts

Posted - Sep 01 2017 :  3:17:23 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks, Sam and Steve. But I think what I was really asking is What do you do when you are with other people and the coughing starts up and won't stop. As an example, while teaching my Chorus (I'm the Director), and I start up coughing, I cough and cough and cough and cough.......everybody gets bent out of shape wondering if I'm gonna die or something. I tell them -- No, I'm OK -- I gotta get this stuff outa there.........then I'm embarrassed cuz I gotta keep coughing until I'm actually finished. So I talk, then cough, then talk, then cough, cough, cough, then talk, then cough cough cough.
I get sooooo embarrassed.

I think I need to know that I'm not alone.

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SteveinMechanicsburg
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Posted - Sep 01 2017 :  4:12:44 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
So, do you actually take time out, say in the morning, to clear mucus purposefully and patiently? If you do, do you do this one time or more than one time each day?

You see, if you do not do this, then advice about how to stop it will be well-meant but somewhat beside the point.

Edited by - SteveinMechanicsburg on Sep 01 2017 4:15:54 PM
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Sandy9s
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USA
298 Posts

Posted - Sep 01 2017 :  4:30:41 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I do not purposefully cough in the morning.......only when my Mucinex generic kicks in when I take one a few times a day. Sometimes I cough when I don't take the Mucinex generic.
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SteveinMechanicsburg
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Posted - Sep 01 2017 :  4:46:52 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
It has been said that, when we start repeating ourselves, we are starting to argue. That is not my intent but I must repeat myself. If you have mucus (and you increase it by taking Mucinex) and you do not clear mucus (I didn't say "cough", I said clear mucus) at some point during the day then you may, inadvertently, be creating the very condition you are trying to remedy. I clear mucus shortly after rising. I almost NEVER cough during the day - except an occasional throat-clear.

Edited by - SteveinMechanicsburg on Sep 01 2017 4:52:52 PM
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Sandy9s
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USA
298 Posts

Posted - Sep 01 2017 :  5:25:50 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I don't know how to "clear mucus."
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SteveinMechanicsburg
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Posted - Sep 01 2017 :  7:46:50 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Well then, one place to start is here:
https://www.nationaljewish.org/conditions/copd-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease/overview/lifestyle-management/bring-up-mucus
There are many more places to read about this.
The ultimate objective, for people who hypersecrete mucus, is to remove it from the lungs.
Inasmuch as I have what some call "premature airway closure" coughing doesn't work because my airways shut down immediately and won't let enough air out to move mucus up my bronchial tree. That is precisely why I use an Aerobika.
Good luck.
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Dave-OH
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Posted - Sep 01 2017 :  7:50:57 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
http://copdforum.portalone.us/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=1382

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Sandy9s
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Posted - Sep 01 2017 :  8:00:41 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thank you. I do have an acapella.......is that the same as an aerobika?
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Dave-OH
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Posted - Sep 02 2017 :  12:07:55 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Similar - I have several acapella and two lung VibraPeP.

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SteveinMechanicsburg
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Posted - Sep 02 2017 :  09:10:34 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Benefits of mucus clearance using an Aerobika but applicable to any device.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JOaNvzwvuSs
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Sokcap48
Senior Member

USA
804 Posts

Posted - Sep 02 2017 :  6:41:18 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Also look up the Huff Cough--Dave gave you the link, it takes some practice but it will help you.

Paul-Ut
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Edited by - Sokcap48 on Sep 02 2017 7:30:24 PM
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Gecko10
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51 Posts

Posted - Sep 04 2017 :  12:16:43 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Before going out take a couple of Mucinex DM. That controls my coughing for a few hours

Edited by - Gecko10 on Sep 04 2017 12:17:37 PM
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Sandy9s
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USA
298 Posts

Posted - Sep 06 2017 :  5:16:16 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I went to my 3-month Pulm. appt. this morning. He did not like so much wheezing coming out of me -- so put me on a prednisone schedule of 4 - 20's; 4 - 15's; 4 - 10's; 4 - 5's; then 4 - 2.5's if I still need it. Obviously this is all connected to the continuing coughing spells I initiall wrote about........I'm still coughing. So this is 16 days of prednisone, possibly up to 20 days of prednisone.

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Sandy9s
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USA
298 Posts

Posted - Sep 20 2017 :  5:47:56 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Just thought I'd check in.......I'm down to 2.5 mg. of prednisone. My coughing was completely stopped for the past 3 days.........then started up again today for a little bit. Obviously the prednisone regimen fixed me -- now that I'm almost (2.5 is not much) finished with the regimen, I might be starting up the coughing again.......

I don't want to stay on prednisone forever...........will now pay attention to how much coughing I actually do...just a couple of coughs today with a bit of rattle in my chest which finally cleared up.

The prednisone regimen worked............now hope I remain "better."
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Jocopd
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USA
12 Posts

Posted - Sep 21 2017 :  05:44:20 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I used to have these same spells and it was terrible. This was before my COPD diagnosis. I think it was Robitussin max strength cough relief that I took that held off the cough for a while. Then I was diagnosed and I stopped smoking and the coughing fits also stopped. So if you haven't stopped smoking that might help a lot.
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faybees
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USA
62 Posts

Posted - Sep 21 2017 :  10:02:37 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Do you have any kind of reflux/gerd going on. I never cough, even when I had pneumonia I did not cough, so a cough for me is something to be aware of. I started coughing to the point that I could not breath and felt like my windpipe was collapsing in on itself (it actually was and there is a name for it but it eludes me right at this moment). Anway turns out I have silent reflux, nasty thing. I take Ranitidine for it, fancy name for Zantac. Works wonderfully. Maybe you need to investigate something like that.

fay beech
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