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persistant coughing in relation to costochondritis

Posted by
Susan Scherr on October 06, 2003 at 08:47:06:

I was diagnosed with costochondritis in May 2003. This of course was after many invasive tests, including heart cath,echocardiogram, a g&d procedure,( done under anesthetic) bone scans, mri, cat scans etc...........
I did fail the stress test, and was found that my heart only pumps 40% effectivley. I had all the symptoms listed on the site. In January of 2003, I had also had a complete hysyterectomy with complications. I was experiencing chest pains in the hospital, and they gave me nitroglycerin tabs and did chest xrays. The chest pains became unbearible in May and still continue up to this date, not quite as bad.
Being a mother of 10 and running my own manufacturing and new product invention company, this final diagnosis, left me laying and resting for 8 hrs a day on a couch. I did recieve nerve blocks and was prescibed prednisone. I have enumerous drug allergies, especially to pain meds. At the present time I take Ultracet.( Some relief) They also prescribed Nexium for acid reflux, in addition to my migraine medicine and Lisinopril, for my heart condition. In 30 years and 10 pregnacies I never had high blood pressure. Now I do.
Ever since the problems began with my health I have a chronic cough, that is very bothersome and painful. My doc blamed it on the blood pressure med I was originally put on, and said the new med would solve the problem. The coughing spasms wake me from my sleep, when I finally do get to sleep. I cough so hard it causes me to gag and sometimes to vomit. What is causing the coughing? Is there pressure on the lungs from the inflatmation?.
This is my first time writing, sorry to be so lengthly.
It was through this web site that I was able to go to my doc and suggest this condition and possible diagnosis.
My husband was so frightend and concerned he was not satified just waiting for one diagnosis and test after another.So he went searching on the web.
They also presribed Zoloft, because this disease is stressful and it leaves you feeling overwhelmed with depression that you will never feel better, and that there has to be more wrong than just the costo diagnosis.
I am no longer taking the Zoloft.
Oh, by way, my age is 47.



For starters,

Posted by Martha on October 06, 2003 at 18:33:25:

In Reply to: persistant coughing in relation to costochondritis posted by Susan Scherr on October 06, 2003 at 08:47:06:

Go to the archives and read up on Skilled Relaxation (SR). Get the recommended book.

Also, make sure you're eating a whole foods diet. Get the recommended book by Beth Loiselle. I'd get rid of all sugars and refined carbs, caffeine, alcohol. Drink alot of water.

Try to fit in some kind of exercise.

These are the 3 legs of wellness. Get Walt's book, too.

Are you taking all of these at once: Prednisone, Ultracet, Nexium, migraine medicine and Lisinopril? That's an awful lot of medication. Prednisone can mess you up, IMO. I don't know much about the others. Ginger root juice would probably help your acid reflux as would SR.

Have you given any thought to seeing a naturopath or D.O. (doctor of osteopath)? It seems to me that you are being given medicine to mask your symptons rather than getting to the core of your problem(s). Starting somewhere will help, but doing all 3 legs of the stool (SR, whole foods, exercise) will probably help you dramatically.

Good luck,

Martha

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Posted by Walt Stoll on October 07, 2003 at 08:02:30:

In Reply to: persistant coughing in relation to costochondritis posted by Susan Scherr on October 06, 2003 at 08:47:06:

Hi, Susan.

This is a perfect example of what is wrong with allowing any single paradigm of "healing" to have a monopoly.

Listen to Martha.

First, get Rolfed or Hellerworked (see the archives and learn about them before actually doing either one). This will prove to you (and your husband) that this is classical costochondritis. THEN you will be ready to do what Martha suggests to prevent recurrence.

Just as inflammation of the diaphragm frequently causes a reflex cough, so can inflammation of the primary muscles of respiration (the intercostal muscles) cause that same cough. Of course, this sets up a vicious cycle: the cough continually aggravates the muscle strain and the muscle inflammation continually triggers the cough.

By now, you also have a psychological component to the process.

Let us know what you learn and how you do.

Walt

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Re: persistant coughing in relation to costochondritis

Posted by Sally on October 07, 2003 at 08:54:43:

In Reply to: persistant coughing in relation to costochondritis posted by Susan Scherr on October 06, 2003 at 08:47:06:

I know of three people on Zestril and they all coughed constantly. Eventually the coughing stopped for the one who continues to use it. (Was that the drug you were taking for BP?)

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