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Have had a cough since surgery that is not going away.

JakotsuJJakotsu Posts: 212
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:30 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Nothing comes up, just a dry cough. I've had it since a week or two after surgery, and its been almost 2.5 months.

Did anyone else have this?


  • You have developed an allergy? My wife has a seasonal allergy that has that exact symptom and only that symptom!

    Nothing else, no runny nose, not red irratated eyes etc, She can take Clariton or Zyrtec and it goes away. She has knee/leg pain that keeps here awake so now she takes Tylenol PM at bedtime. This is Benedryl with Tylenol, I am very thankful she has went this way as no more dry cough, less snoring!

    You could also just have an iritated spot due to a tube being place during surgery.
  • I had dry coughing for three days after my surgery. My PT said it was from the breathing tube that irritated my throat, but I think it was from allergy.

    I went to see my internist and she agreed that it was from my allergy. The coughing ruined my first microdiscectomy. This time around I am prepared by taking Zyrtec, Flonase, and Tesslon (coughing med in pill form). I've only taken the pill once. I also will suck on cough drop if needed.

    Flonase and Tesslon are prescription drugs. Call your GP and see if she/he can give you something to control your cough. It could be allergy, cold, or irritation from the incubation tube.

    Good luck!
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  • I have a persistent dry cough-mostly at night-that has been going on for some time.My Dr prescribes TUSSINEX,and I have an ongoing prescription.By this I mean that my pharmacist simply faxes over to my Dr whenever I call in and she refills the script.

    My problem is that I have spasms in my espophogus and diaphram that cause my cough and the TUSSINEX calm the spasms in that area.I only need it at night,it lasts about 8 hrs.and it really helps.Be careful to measure if you happen to get this same cough medicine,as it has hydrocodone in it and taken before bed,if mixed with your other meds,could be too much.
  • Absolute worse case scenario would be a post-op blood clot (DVT) from the legs that flipped off and into the lumgs (pulmonary embolism). You should check with your doctor.
  • Hi,
    Ok, that "cure" subject was a little sarcastic! I, too, developed a nagging cough after I had shoulder surgery in October 2008. February 17, 2009 I had spinal fusion...and the cough is GONE...go figure. Must have something to do with anesthetic...hmmmmm...Good Luck!
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  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 11,630
    After my two ACDF's I have had this dry cough on/off for almost 10 years now. I never know when its going to hit me. I start coughing for almost no reason and it can last up to 15 minutes. Drinking water helps.
    The cough is not associated with any allergies, food, or beverage.
    I discussed this with my doctor and she told me that she has heard of people with this type of cough after ACDF's. But never so much later on like I do.
    Nothing else is wrong, so, for all practical purposes, I have this cough to remind me of my ACDF's (not that having my badge of courage neck scar doesnt help)
    Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
  • 10 years ! :(

    Another problem I have is I get very congested if I lay flat. I think I've messed my sinuses up sitting upright sleeping for the past 3 months.

    ahhh :(

    And I have not had any leg pain or chest pain or difficulty breathing so DVT is ruled out :D
  • I would go to your Dr and just get checked out. He may want to do xray or other tests. I also use a bowl of water over the heater. But now in the nicer weather you may want to get a humidifier for your bedroom. Take care. Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
  • I told my general doc about it and he said what doya want me to do lol :)

  • Dave has been hacking since July. An ENT gave him a prescription for Neurontin---to alleviate it. I think it has helped somewhat. The surgery was easy for him, but he has had a lot of issues after---from discovering his enlarged prostate contributed to his infection and swallowing issues.

    But, the good news is the surgery did help. We raked the lawn today---and he said his arms didn't go numb, like they had been doing.
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