how long before coughing up mucus ends?

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how long before coughing up mucus ends?

by mark5004 on Fri Nov 28, 2008 12:00 AM

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I am three days post Tomotherapy and Cisplatin for Tonsilar (primary) HPV with node involvement.  The primary was removed and now on display in a medical study sponsored by NIH. 

The Radiation was tolerable due to use of the peg machine which is my friend and companion.  (even though it makes me look like a smuggler to strangers).

I am 42 and should be investing in Kleenex stock.  The drugs help the pain but this mucus is not fun.  I am tired of wishing my life away hoping for relief the next day.

 Ok, I am done belly aching.

RE: how long before coughing up mucus ends?

by D1211 on Sat Nov 29, 2008 12:00 AM

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On 11/28/2008 mark5004 wrote:

I am three days post Tomotherapy and Cisplatin for Tonsilar (primary) HPV with node involvement.  The primary was removed and now on display in a medical study sponsored by NIH. 

The Radiation was tolerable due to use of the peg machine which is my friend and companion.  (even though it makes me look like a smuggler to strangers).

I am 42 and should be investing in Kleenex stock.  The drugs help the pain but this mucus is not fun.  I am tired of wishing my life away hoping for relief the next day.

 Ok, I am done belly aching.


Hello,

I understand about the Kleenex stock, I was using a box a day at the minimum.  My mucus stopped two months, almost to the day, after my last treatment.  However, I do believe that is not the norm...most people posting had relief much sooner.  Best, D.

RE: how long before coughing up mucus ends?

by mark5004 on Mon Dec 01, 2008 12:00 AM

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On 11/29/2008 D1211 wrote:

 

On 11/28/2008 mark5004 wrote:

I am three days post Tomotherapy and Cisplatin for Tonsilar (primary) HPV with node involvement.  The primary was removed and now on display in a medical study sponsored by NIH. 

The Radiation was tolerable due to use of the peg machine which is my friend and companion.  (even though it makes me look like a smuggler to strangers).

I am 42 and should be investing in Kleenex stock.  The drugs help the pain but this mucus is not fun.  I am tired of wishing my life away hoping for relief the next day.

 Ok, I am done belly aching.


Hello,

I understand about the Kleenex stock, I was using a box a day at the minimum.  My mucus stopped two months, almost to the day, after my last treatment.  However, I do believe that is not the norm...most people posting had relief much sooner.  Best, D.


Did you have the same cancer? 

I can't imagine waking up every two hours all night long for another two months fighting this symptom.

Are there any optimistic reports?

 Please advise.

 Mark

RE: how long before coughing up mucus ends?

by D1211 on Mon Dec 01, 2008 12:00 AM

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Hi Mark,

My cancer was in a similar area, base of tongue (not oral tongue) which is next to the tonsils.

During this I posted and received many replies offering suggestions.  Seems that my question was purged but I pulled it up from my file. Here is a copy.  Hope this helps.  D.

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Hi everyone,

Two weeks out of radiation today.  Still feeling the effects but hope that each day I will be able to do a little more.

My mucus is terrible.  I've done the water/salt/baking soda thing several times a day.  But the most productive way I have found is to actually  encourage the stuff to come up by kind of making the sound a dog or cat makes ( a growl) and I can clear it out pretty easy.

The trouble with this is that my throat is still very sore and now my chest bone is starting to hurt from putting so much pressure on that are.  I wanted to check with everyone if this may actually be hurting the healing.  Has anyone been told by their doctor which is the best method.  Should I continue to spit this out, rinse it out, or "growl" it out.  I hate the thought or swallowing. 

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.  Thanks D.

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Date: 06/05/2008
Hi D ! My husband is 6 weeks out of radiation. He had a terriable time with mucus. What he did was spit it up. His throat did hurt while doing this. He used magic mouthwash, salt/baking soda mixed with water and for him chloraseptic spray would help. After 5 weeks out the mucus subsided quite a bit. He still hs a bad sore throat but this seems to be getting alittle better. Yesterday he was able to swallow 3 small bites of instant oatmeal. This was the first time he hs swallowed any food in over 2 months. Hang in there and keep faith. Deb
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Date: 06/05/2008

perfect timing...my guy was just sitting on the sofa and making a what i called a "whinny like a horse" sound while trying to get mucous up!  he has a variety of growls and sounds that sometimes work and sometimes don't...he has complained that his abdomen hurt from all the straining...his radiation doctor said this week that sometimes the method of hacking it up can irritate the throat more but pretty much said you gotta do what ya gotta do.  he is 6 weeks out of treatment...i have noticed a reduction in mucous but of course he feels it is still really bad...we were told it should start to be better soon

our patience is wearing thin. as i am sure yours is too!

all the best.

~meesh

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Date: 06/06/2008

Good Day friends!

 I am 2 years out from last radiation.  Best thing I've heard and has helped this horrible situation was the Transderm patch for motion sickness.  I had this mucous all this time, 3 months ago heard about the patch and am 95% better.  It has not gone away and the rest of the time, I rinse my sinus out with salt water.  Using a Netti Pot or a little garden plant waterer.  Pour it in one side of the nostril at a 45 degree angle and blowing, coughing the rest out. 

I too was sore from the peg site from coughing and a sore throat.  This method has helped greatly and works for me!

God bless and good luck.

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On 6/5/2008 meesh wrote:

perfect timing...my guy was just sitting on the sofa and making a what i called a "whinny like a horse" sound while trying to get mucous up!  he has a variety of growls and sounds that sometimes work and sometimes don't...he has complained that his abdomen hurt from all the straining...his radiation doctor said this week that sometimes the method of hacking it up can irritate the throat more but pretty much said you gotta do what ya gotta do.  he is 6 weeks out of treatment...i have noticed a reduction in mucous but of course he feels it is still really bad...we were told it should start to be better soon

our patience is wearing thin. as i am sure yours is too!

all the best.

~meesh


Thanks for your reply.  Good to hear that someone else came up with a "noise" that they use to get the stuff out.  I kind of thought perhaps that my method was so off base it was hurting more than helping.  But if your doctor says get it out, and mine does too...then I'll keep it up.

My best to you both.  D.

 

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On 6/5/2008 D1211 wrote:

Hi everyone,

Two weeks out of radiation today.  Still feeling the effects but hope that each day I will be able to do a little more.

My mucus is terrible.  I've done the water/salt/baking soda thing several times a day.  But the most productive way I have found is to actually  encourage the stuff to come up by kind of making the sound a dog or cat makes ( a growl) and I can clear it out pretty easy.

The trouble with this is that my throat is still very sore and now my chest bone is starting to hurt from putting so much pressure on that are.  I wanted to check with everyone if this may actually be hurting the healing.  Has anyone been told by their doctor which is the best method.  Should I continue to spit this out, rinse it out, or "growl" it out.  I hate the thought or swallowing. 

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.  Thanks D.


Thanks everyone for your reply.  Its good to know that there are still some things to try..and always good to know that there is such a great group of people out there always willing to help.

Best to you and your families.  D. 

 

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Date: 06/07/2008

D, it will get better my friend. Two weeks past radiation (44 days total) and last Saturday, my voice came back from the depths of 'croak and choke'.
One week later, today, I can actually swallow scrambled eggs and milkshakes.

Had horrendous mutant phlegm and nightmarish sore and dry throat for the last 2.5 weeks of the radiation therapy. Couldn't even stand room temperature water and couldn't swallow it at one point. But day by day, I forced my throat muscles to swallow in between the ghastly phlegm and mucositis. I was, at one point, coughing up mucous every five minutes for 48 hours. I just used paper towels and disposed of it that way as opposed to running to the sink. The week after radiation was the worst. But day by day, I got a notch better. Please do not give up your efforts to swallow. Keep those pipes limber! I do feel really good today based on the effort of forcing the muscles to work. You can do it! Every effort you make will be rewarded with a stronger recovery and use of your swallowing muscles.

One Love 

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Date: 06/07/2008

My Husband is 1 week out of 7 weeks of radiation and 2 rounds of Chemo, he has had  terrible mucus since 3 weeks in. The Dr ordered a aspirator  ( a suction machine) and it has been a life saver. Hang in there this is tough treatment, but you will get through it.

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Donna

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Subject: RE: Mucus-Spit...Swallow???
Date: 11/26/2008

How are you doing now with your mucus? My husband is still having a horrible time spitting it up and still can't eat. Treatments over around February of this year.  Any suggestions on what he can try. He's getting very discouraged and depressed with this situation.

Constant mucus in throat, clears his throat at least 10 times a day very very hard.  He can not yet eat, says its like fly paper and gets stuck.

 

Please any suggestions

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RE: how long before coughing up mucus ends?

by ClarenceY on Wed Dec 03, 2008 12:00 AM

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Hi-

I had cancer at the base of my tongue earlier this year - it had spread to a single lymph.  Now age 62, in remission. 

I had 40 doses of radiation and chemotherapy that ended in early March, followed
by lymph surgery on both sides of neck, and the left parodied
at end of May. 

I remember the mucus so very well.  Except I think I coughed up the mess about every hour, day and night. Yep, a box of Kleenex every day.

Mine must have ended about 2 months after radiation treatment was completed.  Good luck, you have a wonderful life ahead of you!

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by mark5004 on Mon Dec 08, 2008 12:00 AM

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The mucus is already starting to decline for me.  I am able to sleep at night which is huge relief for my well being.

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by michael9 on Wed Dec 10, 2008 12:00 AM

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hello mark5004,

i did not have radiation or chemo, but i did have redical neck disection for tonsil cancer. i can put up with the pain but the coughing and mucos are terrible. aftert the surgery and recoveing in the hospital room the bed was equiped with a suction divice. just a hose and a plastic mouth piece to suck the mucos out. it helped so much. i was nervous to go home with the mucon problem and asked my doctor for a home suction machine and it turn our to be a blessing. mine came from a medical suppy house.

the salt and baking soda helped with residual in my mouth. i am just over 1 month from my surgery and the mucos has decreased alot. i wish i could give words of comfort and be able to give advise but i don't have the same experience. 

i hope you have support at home...happy holidays

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by mark5004 on Sat Dec 13, 2008 12:00 AM

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The answer was four weeks for me for the mucus to slow down enough for tolerance daily.   I am so glad it wasn't 8 weeks like some have reported. 

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by hopebrown on Mon Feb 08, 2010 06:40 PM

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Hi,

My husband just finished 42 radiation treatments and 7 chemo treatments to the neck exactly 10 days ago. Post treatment has been difficult the mucus is so bad he feels like he can't cough it out and starts choking this is very scary, my job is to keep him calm by rubbing his back and wiping his face and neck with cold wash clothes. We are up at all hours during the night. I keep a humidifier going 24 hours a day and give him musinex. I was going to work daily as well as taking him to treatments, now I'm home taking care of him 24/7 I'm afraid he could choke. I'm open to any suggestions on getting rid of the mucus.

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by hopebrown on Mon Feb 08, 2010 06:59 PM

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Hello,

Was the mucus worst at night?

Did you ever have trouble getting the mucus out. My husband got scared last night and thought he would choke. He thought he couldn't breathe that's when I need to keep him calm. The pain in the throat is subsiding so the nurse tells us this is good news he is healing.  

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