Coughing at night

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Date Joined Jun 2011
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   Posted 8/29/2011 1:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi all,
A couple of weeks ago I developed a cough, primarily at night.  I can't sleep well because of it.  I cough when trying to go to sleep, coughing wakes me up when I do go to sleep, and I keep coughing and can't get back to sleep.  I have GERD with Barret's, been on PPi's since March, currently on Nexium.  Cough lozenges seem to sooth my throat, but cause more coughing from my stomach.  I sleep on a wedge, eat carefully and not within 3 hours of bed.  I can't speak loudly, and have lost my singing voice.  Any suggestions to ease the cough?

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   Posted 8/29/2011 1:49 PM (GMT -6)   
I don't think a wedge is very effective for GERD. It makes you bend at the waist which puts pressure on the stomach. Have you tried putting blocks under the head of your bed? The head of the bed should be elevated so that you are laying on a flat inclined bed.

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   Posted 8/29/2011 3:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Please ignore the info at the below link, but it is a good photo of how to effectively sleep on a WEDGE. Pillows don't work, but a properly used wedge can be effective. I've read that there is a 2006 study supporting this, but can't find it right now.

I would love to hear from someone on how to ease my cough.

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   Posted 8/29/2011 6:27 PM (GMT -6)   
I use a wedge and in my case, it works. I had acid in my throat, even in my nose every night until I started using a wedge. My normal sleeping position is on my left side which I'm really thankful for.

The wedge tapers off so gradually that I'm not bunched up at the waist. Raising the bed only made me slide down and causing more problems.

When coughing, I drink regular tap water with just enough cinnamon extract to flavor is lightly and add Truvia to sweeten it. I keep a 32 oz bottle already mixed in the fridge.

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   Posted 8/29/2011 9:45 PM (GMT -6)   

I coughed all the time.. not just at night.. after a while nothing much worked.. at night I would stop coughing after I jumped up and ran for the bathroom.. to throw up acid.. once that happened, I would stop coughing for several hours.. then it would start again. I stopped this vicious circle on April 1st when I had my surgery..
Not saying that surgery is the only answer, just that it was mine...

I truly hope you have some luck in controlling this.. stay with us and let us know where your road leads..

Reach for the Sunshine.. Rainbows will follow

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   Posted 8/30/2011 5:18 AM (GMT -6)   
My coughing was less last night, so I am hoping that this is just a bug or allergy to something outdoors. Yet it fits with my GERD picture, and the loss of my singing voice has been gradual.

I believe I am at the beginning of the road to surgery. The PPI's haven't helped that much, and my progress along this road has been rapid. I suppose I have silent heartburn, which makes it difficult to judge the effectiveness of the medication.

Thanks for your support.

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   Posted 8/30/2011 6:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Sunbeam, I was where you're at for three years. Coughing at night, coughing for hours after eating, coughing 24/7....
The surgery was my only help.
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