lyndacarol wrote:Welcome, Diane. We older folks have lots of experience to share; I look forward to your contributions to this website.
I am intrigued by your mention of sinus problems, as MANY with MS have remarked about the same situation. Does your physician or ENT have any suggestions for reducing the sinus drainage (which I assume is the cause of the coughing)? As one who also has a problem with sinus drainage (mucus), I think this is SIGNIFICANT to MS!
You are correct; sinus drainage is what causes coughing, though coughs also are caused by acid reflux...amazingly i have that too.
I took all the norm remedies, such as Mucinex, various cough meds. They didn't work. I went to a sinus specialist/ENT who did allergy tests, finally did surgery following x-rays and cat scans which showed a problem with the maxillary sinus. Infection. The surgery was not successful. Then he sent me to a Pulmonologist who dx'ed asthma. He put me on a miracle nasal spray (to me anyway) called Astelin. That took care of the cough for quite a whlle and if I start coughing now I take it. I also take Advair (inhaler) for the asthma.
Hang with me, my typing is awful due to the numbness in my hand.
I've already typed this once, hit the wrong key and sent it to limbo....
Anyway, I also do sinus irrigation, but someimes it causes vertigo if fluid gets in the ear canel.
I didn't have the incontinence/bladder infection problems I do now until the uncontrollable coughing. Impressive to see one of my cough episodes
Anyway, I could go on, but fully realize many here cope with multiple issues along with MS.