• THICK MUCOUS IN THROAT

    Asked by survivor215 on Wednesday, March 5, 2014

    THICK MUCOUS IN THROAT

    I am 4 years out of treatment and have developed very thick mucous in my throat and am having a terrible time trying to cough it up. Dr. said lungs sound clear. I do have silent aspiration so I worry about that. This feels more like it's in the windpipe than the lungs. I cough and cough to try and get it up and am not very successful, and only develop a major headache from coughing. I can't do anything like mucinex due to extreme burning in my throat and have a hard time swallowing large pills. I can feel it when I cough and it's like a rattle feeling. Does anyone have any suggestions? I do have a humidifier going and also vicks vapor.

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    • vcollier's Avatar
      vcollier

      Violent coughing has been a problem for me all my life so my response is not related directly to cancer. I have always had to go to the doctor and get a strong cough syrup because if I can stop coughing then I stop coughing. I hope that makes sense. Doctors seem to understand what I'm saying when I say, "If you can stop me from coughing, I will stop coughing.:" This is different from dealing with congestions and mucus which are usually the triggers. You're doing the right things for those conditions in my experience but the coughing becomes it's own problem for me and has to be treated on it's own, i.e. strong cough syrup.

      over 7 years ago
    • lilymadeline's Avatar
      lilymadeline

      If I were you I would go to an ENT to have it checked out and to hopefully find out why it has recently gotten worse, and also to request some sort of medication for the mucus. I hope that this doesn't sound completely off the wall but I do have a dog with too much mucus because she has a stoma, and I have to get a veterinarian prescription from Australia for a pill called Mucinex and it works extremely well and doesn't seem to bother her throat- in fact it has gotten to the point where she comes to me when she is having mucus problems almost to request the Mucinex pill so it can't be uncomfortable. And I imagine if veterinary medicine has something for mucus human medicine has to as well, although I do need to request it from Australia which is kind of ridiculous but it is what it is. I'm a breast cancer patient and I don't know what you are going though but I imagine that is very difficult and I am sending lots of love and best wishes! .

      over 7 years ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar
      GregP_WN

      I had the same problem, there is a liquid form of Mucinex, maybe by another name, I don't remember, but I took it and fixed my problem after a few days I could cough it up. I have an extreme problem swallowing pills too, I can't take anything much larger than an aspirin so I understand. I was also told to drink lots of water to help with the mucous, it's supposed to help thin it. I don't think it helped me much. Wishing you the best in this.

      over 7 years ago
    • lilymadeline's Avatar
      lilymadeline

      CORRECTION- please excuse my chemo brain, but regarding my previous answer I do not order Mucinex from Australia, I order prescription MUCODINE from Australia and it is very different, she has a ton of mucus sometimes and it always does the trick. Maybe they must have something like Mucodine ( mucolytic agent tablets - active ingredient bromhexine hydrochloride ) for human beings. Good luck and best wishes! xoxoxoxo

      over 7 years ago
    • Redtrout's Avatar
      Redtrout

      Hello , I had a bad mucus problem before the cancer,then while going threw radiation it was terrible. It clear up for awhile after treatment,but has come back some like in the morning when I first get up. The only thing that helps me is baking soda in water. gargle a few times and then swallow a little bit.then it will come up better. also sleep with your head tilted up somehow at night. I had to get up like three or four a.m. in the morning while in treatment and catnap in my recliner.

      over 7 years ago
    • planogirl60's Avatar
      planogirl60

      During treatment and for a bit after I had the thick mucous. Medical supply store or ask your doctor for little sponges on a stick. It's gross but that is how I removed the stuff. I could cough all I wanted it wouldn't budge, thick and sticky. These little sponges were a life saver.

      over 7 years ago
    • welderdan's Avatar
      welderdan

      I have a 400 mg pill called Guaifenesin which is the main ingrediant of Musinex for the congestion. With increased water intake, I have been able to cough out my mucos easier. I'm sure it would dissolve with anything as it starts right away in my mouth. Good luck!

      over 7 years ago
    • survivor215's Avatar
      survivor215

      welderdan, I assume this is a prescription? Is this pill very large?

      over 7 years ago
    • Srich63300's Avatar
      Srich63300

      I am ten years out from treatment, and still have this problem - Have used mucinex, and now that I can't use that because of ingredients, I find that guaifenisen also works well..this is otc med, and you can usually find a generic that is not too expensive..comes in liquid which I need because of swallowing problems...

      over 7 years ago
    • survivor215's Avatar
      survivor215

      Thanks Srich6330, I'm going to see if I can find some of that.

      over 7 years ago
    • BLBragg's Avatar
      BLBragg

      My husband drinks/gargles with a glass of half ginger ale/ half water and it seems to thin the mucous. It was suggested by MD Anderson in Texas.

      over 7 years ago
    • Lauraandmary's Avatar
      Lauraandmary

      second the suggestion of ginger ale if you can swallow it without difficulty; second the suggestion of guaifenesin (can get it in liquid form, just watch out for other ingredients in it).

      over 7 years ago

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