A forum for people who suffer from chronic or persistent coughs to share ideas... these don't have any sort of official approval so you try any of them out at your own risk. I've consigned some of the more unusual ones I received to the Oddities bin on the left. I've also listed very simple remedies separately. If you're a sufferer, good luck, and please report back by commenting on the particular posting if you find success. Or just comment to the most recent posting and I will pick it up.

Sunday, April 24, 2011


It's some time now since I've written anything on this blog, because I've had some problems accessing it.

But I thought I'd bring "readers" up-to-date (though I don't know whether this sends out any kind of "alert" to people?)

The most promising "treatment" has been the one suggested by Jeanette H., which should be the next one down on the blog.  At her suggestion, I used the flixotide inhaler on and off for about a year.  I found it definitely reduced the frequency of coughing, and though I still coughed for a period every morning, I was able to sleep longer and better - through to about 7a.m. most mornings.  That's a blessing in itself.

The downside of it was that it affected my voice - it softened it and made it more throaty somehow, a bit more difficult to speak.  It also affected my singing voice, and made me a little bit short of breath.  So I'm off it again at the moment, but as a consequence I'm back to waking up anytime between 4-6 a.m. and coughing for an hour, so it's very disruptive to my sleep.

Once again, I'm not sure what to do next...

Added to the other message about Jeanette H there are various comments which are always useful to receive.  My comments on them?  The big dietary changes suggested by "Love and hopes" - I'm just not sure I can go through with all that on the off chance that it might work?  The one from "Lucilu" advising taking Gabapentin ... I think I might have taken that in the past without success but I will check - though how far will my medical records go back with my GP?  I'll be in touch with Danni about her researches....
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