• Thick mucus, persistent coughing

    Asked by Zzchap on Monday, May 20, 2013

    Thick mucus, persistent coughing

    5 weeks post chemo/radiation.....hospitalized with bilateral pneumonia .....radiation pneumonia......when will it subside? How to make it tolerable...help please

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    • CAS1's Avatar
      CAS1

      I had the same thing and was put on prednizone for three months.. It made me feel better right away but I blew up..It cleared everything up but the discomfort in my chest took several months to subside and I still have some of it now and I am about 9 months out since my last radiation.

      Speak with a Pulmonologist and get evaluated along with your Onc and Radilogist. If you have Radiation pneumanitisis you want to ge tthat treated so you don't develope scar tissue. Or as little as possible.

      about 4 years ago
    • SueRae1's Avatar
      SueRae1

      First and for most hugs and healing vibes. Speak with your medical team and ask them how long they think it will take for you to go home and heal completely, remember getting out of the hospital is the first step in your healing process. People like us with suppressed immune systems can take longer to heal then others. I remember the 9 days i was hospitalized to to infections caused by an abscessed tooth. I was totally out of it the first 3 days, and then thought i would go nuts after that.

      Try to control your visitors, have 5 people visit one day is very tiring, and having no one visit another day can be sad. See if you can deputize two or three friends or family members to let people know how you are doing, and set up visiting schedules so you are not overwhelmed, etc. If you like to read, i found magazines, short stories and very light novels the best, anything heavier then that took to much concentration - hospitals are noisy places and being ill can disrupt thinking.

      I found the food uneatable, since I was not on a special diet, i had people bring me food I liked so i had great meals and snacks most of the time. Eat well and keeping hydrated is very important. I also would walk around the floor several times a day pushing my IV stand. Getting out of bed was a great moral boost. I would speak to the staff if they had time and other patients is they were willing and up to it and there were no signs on the door indicating extra precautions were need (i.e they were in isolation or had MRSA)

      If you like you can sign up for the TV service and/or have someone lend you a tablet so you cans screen TV shows and movies. Most hospitals have internet available for their "guests" but how fast it is depends on the place you are staying.

      Best of luck, hope you get to go home soon. It's so much easier to heal and feel comfortable in your own home.

      about 4 years ago
    • Vjp2012's Avatar
      Vjp2012

      I'm so sorry! I have no remedy, but you are in my thoughts and prayers. Hang in there!

      about 4 years ago
    • carm's Avatar
      carm

      Zzchap,
      I am an oncology nurse and you might try gargling with warm salt water to thin the mucus and put Vicks Vaporub on the soles of the feet with stockings to quiet the cough. It usually works. We use the Vicks method in end of life care for all terminal coughs. Best of luck to you, Carm RN.

      about 4 years ago
    • Zzchap's Avatar
      Zzchap

      Thank you for your responses! My husband is 5 days post hospital stay. They have pumped him full of steroids but to be honest, it has only helped moderately. He coughs till he nearly turns inside out. He has not slept a complete hour in two weeks, till last night. I gave him all his meds and also gave him a spoon of narcotic cough syrup he had been prescribed some time back......he actually slept the entire night with not one coughing episode! I'm anxious for him to wake this morning.....he has to just feel better, having finally had a good nights sleep! I'm kind of at a loss....I would think the phlegm needs to be coughed up and out to prevent infections .... so is suppressing the cough at least at night, a good idea? Has anyone else done the same? The docs never mentioned using a cough syrup. It's the ONLY thing that has helped in any manor.

      about 4 years ago
    • CAS1's Avatar
      CAS1

      I am glad he is doing better.
      In my breathing exercise book they tell you to make sure to cough a few times per day as it helps get rid of liquid in the lungs and help strengthen the lungs..so its a good thing.

      I had a great book given to me in lung rehab "To Air is Human" perhaps they can offer you this booklet at hospital. I did not get proactive treatment until I met with a Pulmonologist.

      about 4 years ago
    • carm's Avatar
      carm

      Zzchap, if he is in the hospital and the cough persists ask the doctors if he might benefit from either a Lidocaine or Morphine nebulizer. Best of luck to you, Carm RN.

      about 4 years ago

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