for chronic bronchitis? a hard, painful cough that causes muscle pains, ear pain, headaches. feels like evrything is insid emy stomach but must be bottom of lungs. Just want to move th emucus out
Like KM said the guaifenesin will help thin out the mucous. Also, if you can get someone to pound on your back over your lungs, it will help to break up the congestion. If they will just cup their hand and pound only as hard as you can tolerate, but not hard enough to hurt. I used to do this for my father when he was dying of lung cancer and it helped him alot. Just a thought.
Both KM and Kathy have given you good answers. If your coughing is causing spasms, it sounds like you would benefit from your Dr prescribing you a good inhaler. Perhaps an Advair inhaler to use on a daily basis and a Proventil inhaler to use when the spasms start. Sort of a rescue inhaler. If chronic bronchitis is a problem for you, you might discuss with your Dr the use of an at home nebulizer for breathing treatments. It's like using a rescue inhaler, only more intense. These are usually covered by insurance or are available at medical supply stores. At the very least I'd talk to your Dr about prescribing a proventil inhaler. This would aid you greatly in being able to cough productively.
Since you have COPD, it here is a good chance you have a pneumonia. When coughing is that intense, there may be mucous caught in the lower lungs. Do you take ad air or one of the other lung treatments besides albuteral? I can't see your med list while writing, sorry.
I suggest you get your lungs looked at. Mucinex regular is straight guiafenisen if you don't have any. There are a few drugs it doesn't work with. Read the package. If you find laying down makes you feel like choking you need to get to a doc right away. Slow to treat turns into long hospital stay. Been there, done that. Lol. Same with shorter of breath than usual and running a temperature. Having a lung disease makes you more vulnerable to pneumonia. Hope you are better soon.
Everyone else gave you very good advice. I just want to add a couple of points. One is to stay away from milk and milk products. Milk products thicken mucus and could make your condition worse. Another thing is to drink plenty of water (and water only-a little watered down juice on occasion would be okay too, but plain water is best and that is as long as your Dr hasnt put you on fluid restrictions for any reason) Staying hydrated will help thin out the mucus and make it easier to bring up.
Yes, its very safe. That or Mucinex, I use the extra strength and is the same as guaifenesin, just stronger. And drink, drink, drink !!! Water, that is, it will help loosen up the flem.
It sounds like you need a doctor and an x-ray of your lungs, can't be too careful with this. Please take care, your doc can order an inhaler to help you and, if needed, something for the cough. I always just want to cough to get the flem up but sometimes coughing can make you so sore. I really would see a doc if I was you. Please take care, hope you feel better soon.
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