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  • Posted By: bonniejean1917
  • October 14, 2006
  • 05:04 AM

I have Parkinsons Disease and have had it for about 4 yrs. About a year ago I developed a persistent Chronic dry gagging cough, that has made my ribs hurt at times and its worse when I eat. Usually I am able to sleep at night but then I take alot of medicine so that usually isn't the problem. The minute my feet hit the floor it starts and tonight I can't sleep. I've seen an ENT, an allergist and was in the hospital due to a parkinson related problem but the cough really wasn't addressed. The did do a modified barium swallow which showed nothing. I am on medication for reflux for which I have not really had any symptoms. I had some vomiting last Sunday but I don't think it was related to the cough. I do cough until I almost vomit at times. My voice gets raspy a good bit Now I am scheduled to see a gastroenterologist in Nov. Has anybody got any clues as to what this problem can be. I've lost over 20 lbs and really didnt have that much to loose. I'm down to 104 lbs but I just dont want to eat.
Can anybody help? Ive had no fever, no stomach pain, but my back does hurt sometimes. I need help, Im awfully tired.

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  • Have you had your Blood gases checked?Try that the cough sounds like mine when it took a year+ to diagnose /sarcoidocius.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • October 16, 2006
    • 10:18 PM
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  • any X-ray lungs? what is the characteristic aputum produces? causes of chronic cough include COPD, Lung cancer, TB, ect. you really need to find out what happened in your lungs.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • October 17, 2006
    • 06:30 AM
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  • I am being treated for acid reflux also and had the chronic cough for no apparent reason. About a month ago my doctor told me that I was aspirating stomach fluids into my lungs at night and told me to raise the head of my bed about eight inches. That was not feasible but I did obtain a wedge pillow and the cough disappeared after a few nights on the wedge. Must continue to use it and that does include muscles that need to get used to being in different positions at night. However, back pain, cough and tight feeling in chest are gone without having to take any other medication. Talk to you doctor about it and see what he/she says. Hope this helps.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • October 17, 2006
    • 05:31 PM
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