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Sat Jan 3, 2015, 09:59 PM

Chronic coughing when laying down

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I have had this problem after a cold...propping myself up on pillows is fine, but to really stop the coughing, spit all mucus out into a tissue...I used to think it was just a myth, but after I spit all mucus out, my coughs cut down to almost zero.

I think there is just a cup or two of mucus that causes all the coughing, which regurgitates up into the esophagus, and if you (we) can get rid of it, the cough has nothing to catch on to.

I ain't a doc...just one who has experienced it.

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Reply Chronic coughing when laying down (Original post)
angstlessk Jan 2015 OP
MH1 Jan 2015 #1
angstlessk Jan 2015 #4
MH1 Jan 2015 #5
juxtaposed Jan 2015 #7
juxtaposed Jan 2015 #6
angstlessk Jan 2015 #10
juxtaposed Jan 2015 #12
juxtaposed Jan 2015 #2
elleng Jan 2015 #3
angstlessk Jan 2015 #8
juxtaposed Jan 2015 #9
angstlessk Jan 2015 #11
elleng Jan 2015 #13
juxtaposed Jan 2015 #14
auntAgonist Jan 2015 #16
Historic NY Jan 2015 #15
auntAgonist Jan 2015 #17
Warpy Jan 2015 #18
angstlessk Jan 2015 #19
mopinko Jan 2015 #20

Response to angstlessk (Original post)

Sat Jan 3, 2015, 10:15 PM

1. Well, your subject line reads "congestive heart failure" to me ...

but from the rest of your text maybe not.

I ain't a doc either, but my mother had congestive heart failure, and one of the key symptoms (she told me) was "chronic coughing when laying down".

If this doesn't go away real soon you might want to see a real doctor.

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Response to MH1 (Reply #1)

Sat Jan 3, 2015, 10:25 PM

4. I too thought "congestive heart failure"

but when I sit up I have no symptoms...I DO have constant sinus congestion

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Response to angstlessk (Reply #4)

Sat Jan 3, 2015, 10:28 PM

5. You should probably see a doctor.

My mother reported that she was fine when she sat up, but she couldn't sleep because whenever she lay down she started coughing.

So when you say "when I sit up I have no symptoms" - to me that doesn't rule out congestive heart failure.

Hopefully it is only sinus congestion like you say, but that sure isn't fun either, and maybe the doc can help you treat that too.

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Response to MH1 (Reply #5)

Sat Jan 3, 2015, 10:32 PM

7. also having a lot of mucis in the lungs after the flu does look the same...

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Response to angstlessk (Reply #4)

Sat Jan 3, 2015, 10:29 PM

6. water runs down hill, the lowest point.. Try the thumb thing...

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Response to juxtaposed (Reply #6)

Sat Jan 3, 2015, 10:41 PM

10. My feet are not swollen

I checked out my foot...no swelling

Karma? Smoked for umpenty ump years and thought I got away with smoking (cause I did not inhale deeply)...till I got acute bronchitis twice..the first time I quit smoking for a month...the second attack I quit smoking and took up ecigs..



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Response to angstlessk (Reply #10)

Sat Jan 3, 2015, 10:53 PM

12. your feet nor ankles need to be swollen..

It could be the flu. It could be quiting smoking too. the cough....
holding water is what the silly thumb test shows.

If the thumb test shows and impression don't fret.
Have looked at.

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Response to angstlessk (Original post)

Sat Jan 3, 2015, 10:23 PM

2. are you asking if you have fluid build-up in your lungs?

If so are you concerned it is a heart problem? are you holding water? If you press your thumb into the soft tissue of the under side of the arch of your foot for about 60 seconds does the imprint of your thumb stay for at least 5 minutes?
If so go to your cardiologist and say,, "hey what's up!!".

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Response to angstlessk (Original post)

Sat Jan 3, 2015, 10:24 PM

3. Sounds like post nasal drip cough to me.

http://www.webmd.com/allergies/postnasal-drip

Try sudafed and/or see a doc.

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Response to elleng (Reply #3)

Sat Jan 3, 2015, 10:32 PM

8. I do think it is what you say

I quit coughing a month after I quit smoking 8 months ago, caught a cold and have been coughing ever since (laying down)

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Response to angstlessk (Reply #8)

Sat Jan 3, 2015, 10:40 PM

9. i'll post this one more time....

If so are you concerned it is a heart problem? are you holding water? If you press your thumb into the soft tissue of the under side of the arch of your foot for about 60 seconds does the imprint of your thumb stay for at least 5 minutes?
If so go to your cardiologist and say,, "hey what's up!!".

I'm not a doctor, but I play one over there..

this is one of the easiest way to tell if it is a heart problem, which can be fixed!

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Response to juxtaposed (Reply #9)

Sat Jan 3, 2015, 10:47 PM

11. Jux...thanks...when I press, there is nothing

which makes me think it is a breathing problem, rather than a heart problem...though I do believe it IS a heart problem..just more a constricted vessels than congestion...cause I also get short of breath when doing ANYTHING

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Response to angstlessk (Reply #11)

Sat Jan 3, 2015, 10:53 PM

13. 'short of breath when doing ANYTHING'

means see a doc ASAP. This is different from post nasal drip.

I briefly had slight shortness of breath occasionally and an occasional palpitation, and my gp sent me to see a heart doc and a lung doc. Tests done, I'm fine. SEE YOUR DOC.

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Response to angstlessk (Reply #11)

Sat Jan 3, 2015, 10:55 PM

14. then go to bed and feel free of ppl that were fearful that things could be worst

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Response to angstlessk (Reply #11)

Sun Jan 4, 2015, 07:29 AM

16. Shortness of breath and coughing when laying down were 2 symptoms I had

and was diagnosed with a pulmonary embolism.

IF YOU SUSPECT A PULMONARY EMBOLISM GO TO THE ER RIGHT AWAY ......

NOTHING to fool around with.

Get to a Dr. Get checked out.

Pulmonary Embolisms are serious.

Anytime you are short of breath, and you say short of breath when doing ANYTHING, is a red flag for me. It may not be anything as serious as a PE but for heaven's sake see a DR.

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kesha

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Response to angstlessk (Original post)

Sun Jan 4, 2015, 02:02 AM

15. You may need medication, my brother has the same thing...

he would cough so bad he couldn't talk...finally gave up smoking after everyone nagged him. He has a heart related condition and did have swelling from fluids. He used an O2 thing to help clear it and the med's reduces fluids. Its been stubborn and persistent and everyone has to keep after him .

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Response to angstlessk (Original post)

Sun Jan 4, 2015, 07:32 AM

17. Shortness of breath and coughing when laying down were 2 symptoms I had


and was diagnosed with a pulmonary embolism.

IF YOU SUSPECT A PULMONARY EMBOLISM GO TO THE ER RIGHT AWAY ......

NOTHING to fool around with.

Get to a Dr. Get checked out.

Pulmonary Embolisms are serious.

Anytime you are short of breath, and you say short of breath when doing ANYTHING, is a red flag for me. It may not be anything as serious as a PE but for heaven's sake see a DR.

aA
kesha

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Response to angstlessk (Original post)

Sun Jan 4, 2015, 02:46 PM

18. Spitting or swallowing doesn't make a difference in this case

Stomach acid destroys all the cold viruses and recycles the proteins from the dead tissue and white blood cells. Spitting just gets rid of the whole business.

What puts mucus into the lungs isn't regurgitation, it's post nasal drip. Sitting up increases it. Sitting up also allows sinuses to stay a bit more open so you can breathe

It seems like gallons of glop, but it's only a few tablespoons full.

If you do everything you can to cure a cold, it will only last a week. If you do nothing, the bastard will hang on for seven days.

How you cope with a cold is your own business and you need to do what you think keeps you the most comfortable. My favorite thing is sterile saline warmed just above body temperature and pushed into a nose full of blocked sinuses. It should be 104F or less. It's really good at unblocking things so you can blow all the crud out.

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Response to Warpy (Reply #18)

Wed Jan 7, 2015, 05:33 PM

19. Mucus went from my chest to my head

running (runny?) nose, eyes watering, sneezing, and not coughing much...

I think it is a lingering cold that attached itself to my chest, and now my head

I thank all for their advise and experience...

I would probably kick the bucket rather than leave my home...

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Response to angstlessk (Original post)

Sun Jan 18, 2015, 09:07 AM

20. this forum is not a substitute for seeing a doctor.

this post violates the sop.

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