I’m on day 29 and I’ve been coughing all day. I have no other systems of being sick. Is this part of the quit ?
Cough is one of those tricky things where it is absolutely impossible to know what's going on over the internet. Cough has so many variables and characteristics.
Im glad you don't feel sick. But any time you have a sudden onset of ANY new symptom, it's best to get seen by a physician.
Having said that, a lot of people say they have an increased cough after quitting, often attributed to the cilia in your lungs coming back to action.
Cilia are the little "sweepers" in your lungs, that keep the lungs clean. Cigarettes paralyze the cilia. So when you quit, they start to work again, and may have to work a little overtime to clear your lungs from the smoking residue.
Again, it could be this, but if you're concerned, have a doc listen to your breathing, and get a chest X-ray to be completely sure;-)
This is my opinion, I am not a physician but if you are just starting to cough at day 29 you may be catching a cold. Usually the coughing generally commences when you initially quit and then subsides.
Thank u so much for answering me. I’m weezing too. I will contact my pulmonary doc but I can’t until Tuesday thank u again I really appreciate it Barb
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Barb, the fact that you have a pulmonologist makes me stress all the more to watch your symptoms closely. If you have a prescribed bronchodilator/inhaler, use as prescribed. Deep breathing and coughing exercises can help to clear the lungs also.
If you develp fever, short of breath or worsening of symptoms, you should go to "doc in the box" or acute care before Tuesday.
Thank you yes I have COPD and use a nebulizer thank u for caring about me. I will take your advice. You are a good person and I thank you
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DO use your inhaler and your nebulizer as needed and keep a close watch on the cough. If it does not improve or if it gets worse, PLEASE call your pulmonologist. It is much better to treat things early when you have COPD. An exacerbation of COPD can be seriously debilitating and can lead to more lung damage. Drink lots and lots of fluids, breathe in through your nose and exhale SLOWLY through pursed lips...it helps to empty the lungs. I got a bottle of bubble juice on the advice of a respiratory therapist to help teach me to exhale slowly. If you are not already a member of the group COPD , I suggest that you join and that you learn as much as you can about this disease. I am a retired RN but the things I learned from Thomas3.20.2010 are priceless.
Keep us posted,
Thank you Ellen I used the nebulizer and I stopped coughing I’m going to take all my inhalers and drink lots of water I’m going to look into the COPD group. Thank you pls stay in touch. Barb
"You may also be coughing more because you’ve developed a comorbidity, which means another illness exists alongside your COPD. Examples of comorbidities include infections such as pneumonia or influenza, or issues like gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). When you lie down, GERD can push stomach acid into your throat and mouth and cause you to cough.
If your increased coughing is due to a comorbidity, you can use antibiotics or medications to return to your regular level of coughing. Don’t make any assumptions, though — speak to your doctor, who will make a diagnosis and prescribe you the right medication."
"Here is a coughing technique, called huff cough, to bring up mucus that won’t wear you out. This can be helpful in those with an ongoing cough due to COPD or other chronic lung conditions. It’s helpful to work with your doctor or respiratory therapist when learning this technique.
The larger the breath, the more effective it is for smaller airways."
Judith Marcin, MD
COPD and Coughing: Why Your Pulmonologist May Teach You to Cough
Thomas - Please followup with your Doctor and if the sputum should turn yellow or green, you notice a fever, you become short of breath, or you notice that your ankles are swollen (edema) don't wait. Go to urgent care and if they're not open go to ER.
What good info below...something I think all people who smoked for many decades,like myself ...should read and bookmark........
BARB- take good care of yourself! See you Dr. sounds like good advice to me. Placing you in my prayers.
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