Anyone have throat tickling that causes bad coughing fits

It looks as though it might be in my throat now. Since the past month or so I have started to cough. As time passes the cough gets worse and worse. Now it has gotten so bad it is like before I was dx with the Sarcoid. I am back to coughing to the point that I also choke and at times will also throw up mucus (gross and that may sound). There are times that when I get to coughing like that I also get very light headed and have to sit down. The first time that they did a CT scan on me it said that there was a ¼ inch size spot in my thyroid gland. I am wondering if that could be the cause of me coughing and choking like I am. It doesn’t matter what I am drinking as nothing will stop the coughing. At first when it started back up my cough was only at night and first thing in the morning. Now it seems to be when ever it wants to bug me. I also can’t do a lot of talking as that too will set off the coughing. I was at first wondering if it could have been from my getting hot, but I set in front of a fan most of the day. I am going to talk with my doctor on Monday about this as something has to be done.
What my question to all of you is whether or not any of you have had this same problem. I almost forgot. Just before and during the coughing it feels as though there is a tickle in my throat. It goes from one side of my throat to the other then right in the middle. When the feeling of a tickle stops that is when the coughing stops. This is coming about more and more all of the time. I will let you know what my doctor says after I talk with him.

Nikki

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My throat tickles on and off and can really drive me crazy (and my husband, too, when I try to relieve it by making the "aaaching" sound deep in my throat). I never have bad coughing fits, just a dry cough occasionally, especially when I'm lying down. It's even woken me up sometimes.

I also quite often have phlegm in my throat that causes the need to clear my throat constantly. You know, the ahk, hem, over and over that probably makes others what to scream at me. Cough drops are my best friend at times like these.

An ENT years ago said I had non-allergic rhinitis so I assumed it was due to that. After learning I have sarcoid, now I wonder if it's in my sinuses and the throat stuff is a post-nasal-drip. Who knows?!

Michele

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I not only have had that issue last year, but its now back. I found that keeping a bottle of water close by, and hard candy ( we always have peppermint candies in hous) helps.

I was coughing so bad I pulled out the mentholatem rub and just started breathing the fumes from the container.

Like I said I had bad BAD cough late last early this year. But went almost 3 months cough free..Its back...I am sure air quality and heat are not helping much. I also try not to talk as much. wife loves that portion

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Nikkis,

I had a productive cough for three months. The cough did subside somewhat after a few weeks on Prednisone. I just started a taper down last Thursday, however, we have multiple fires in the area and the smoke is driving me nuts. The cough is coming back but it could be from the smoke. Isn’t this fun? I can’t tell anymore. The coughing gets worse in the afternoon.

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I did try the water beside me at all times. I even take it and have it on the night stand next to the bed. When I get this tickle in my throat I can drink the entire quart of water and still not stop the coughing. I did get a tic tac from our next to the oldest son and it helped for a minute. I never thought of using the mentholatem to try to breath easier. I will have to give that a try. I did notice that when I was over talking with the neighbors yesterday and their neighbors started a bon fire I had to leave because it made my breathing so much harder.
Nikki

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Hi Nikki, I often get a tickle in my throat that just will not go, no matter how much I cough. Like Cheesypops, I've found sucking on hard candy helps a lot - I found tic-tacs too small and tended to slip down my throat before doing any good, so I went for something a bit bigger. During the worst times of a flare I would wake several times a night coughing and with that same irritating tickle, so I would go back to sleep sucking on (sugar free) candy.
I've also found hot tea very helpful - ordinary black tea is good, as are most herbal teas - my doctor said any hot drink would do but I'm not a coffee drinker so can't comment on how well that works.

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I thank each and everyone of you for the advice that you have given. I wil have to try the hard candy to suck on. I drink coffee in the mornings without stopping the coughing. So I don't think it is just the hot water that is working. I am still going to call and talk with my doctor tomorrow to see what he has to say about it. I guess I will sleep out in our living room tonight as I kept my husband awake last night. Poor man almost fell asleep during church today from lack of sleep from my coughing all night long.
Thank you again for the words of wisedom I will let you know what I find out from my doctor tomorrow.

Nikki

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No doubt I would call the Doc. I also was given a sript for Tylenol 3. But since I take Vicodin for pain I never took it.

"Vicodin is a phenathrene-derivate opiate agonist, effective both as an antitussive (anti-cough) agent, and as an opiate, an effective analgesic for mild to moderate pain. Five mg of hydrocodone is equivalent to 30 mg of codeine when administered orally. 15 mg (1/4 gr) of hydrocodone is considered equivalent to 10 mg (1/6 gr) of morphine. Hydrocodone is considered to be like morphine in all respects."

So after I read stuff like this I just try and limit what the hell I do take, and hope it works.

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Hi Nikki

Yes, this dry coughing is a pain especially when trying to have a conversation. Driving me mad ! Came on quickly. Ironically, I can lay flat and talk no problem. Just sitting. Does anyone else have a permanently red throat that is not sore?

Lets fight this thing

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Good Morning
I also have the cough right now. I found I also have the post nasal drip, but I feel stuffed up at the same time, go figure:) When my upper resiratory system is affected, my lungs feel "twitchy" and that causes the fatigue. I know that my issues are brought on by allergies and humidity. This summer in New England has been incredibly wet and humid so the mold is killing me! I have been using Mucinex, it's an otc med that really helps get rid of the phlem. You can get it with a decongestant in it too. ( If anyone has high blood pressure, just be sure to check with your doctor. Drink a FULL 8 ozs of water with each dose, moves the phlem.) Does anyone feel it more when they are stressed? I remember when I was first diagnosed over 10 years ago they said managing stress, especially in women, is key. My doctor told me to go home and rest.....I asked him when he was coming by to do the laundry, make dinner and chase my four kids, lol! Easier said then done obviously. Now that the kids are older, and my son is back from Iraq, I'm hoping that my daily chores (stress level) will drop and that will help. I also have lost 30 lbs and that has definately made a difference. I noticed that since I've become a little lazy with my diet and gained 5 lbs back, my symptoms return with the old lbs....I'm back on my diet with a 25 lb weight loss goal.. I'll let you all know if it helps. Thanks so much for being here, I love this site....!

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I'm starting to embrace this site more and more. You all are speaking my language! This disease we all have is...a curse, or something close to it.

My family members and even I thought I was crazy for so many years. Between coughing, chemical sensitivities, strange sounds made to alleviate the tickle in my throat, not being able to talk for too long without losing my voice and breath, skin (legs) so sensitive that wind from a fan can cause great pain to a billion other symptoms...its like a joke. Nobody (family/friends) can relate and I'm suffering 24/7. My husband will come home from work and say, "Hi honey how are you?" I just want to cry or ask him does he want the truth or a lie. How are you?...are you kidding me? I feel like chit.

Well, that felt really good. :) Who ever reads this, thanks for caring and you ALL are definitely on my prayer list.

Love,
Jackie7

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Hello!
I too have the "tickle" in my throat that drives me crazy! I have this all of the time. Usually early in the a.m. & at night, but it can also occur whenever it decides to! I notice when I read aloud to my daughter at bedtime....it will cause a coughing spell. If I laugh, talk too much, or sometimes nothing at all???

I have post-nasal drip going on...chronic sinusitis, so I guess it may have something to do with that!

I too cough until I choke or vomit...so disgusting! I started using a Codeine cough medicine at night (as needed) to help me get some sleep!

Water seems to help a bit, but not much, but I did notice if I chew very strong mint gum (sugarless of course).....that seems to help a bit as well...not sure why, but hey, whatever works, right?

Good luck & definitely talk with your doc, I finally got mine to order the codeine cough med so that I could sleep otherwise I would wake coughing every few hours! I seem to do better in the summer months than I do in the fall/winter/spring! Again, good luck!

God Bless
Anne

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Me too, but mostly just a dry, non productive cough. I suck on sugar free candies all day at work to keep me from hacking up a lung! I also find peppermint patties to help ease my sore, dry throat, or maybe its just the guilty pleasure of chocolate, who knows?! LOL!!

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The tickle in my throat causing coughing can be almost a 'stress-o-meter' - when stressed, I cough. Sort of a lie detector that I can not control.

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Stress is a really big trigger for me. Or, the harder I try NOT to cough, the worse I need to. Spent many, many nights playing musical beds just to everyone else could sleep. Has kept me awake long enough that I sometimes start hallucinating. The only thing that controls it at night is: 7.5 hydrocodone (lorcet) 25 mg. benedryl, and a nexium for acid reflux. That's my bedtime cocktail. Oh, I forgot to mention that I've had this since I was about 3 years old. Been diagnosed with everything under the sun, including, of course, it's all in your head. Everyone thoughtfully offers me a drink of whatever;s handy, I tell them that unless I can suck it up my nose- it won't help. Oh joy, just another symptom.....

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I have the throat tickle, mostly at night. The only thing that I have found that helps is hard candy (sugar free because of my diabetes). I pop one when the tickle wakes me up and go to sleep sucking on it. Almost immediate relief.

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Hi Nikki,
Yes I have had a so called itchy cough in my throat which had nothing to do with my lungs. [I do have sarcoid of the lungs] I went to the specialist and we came to the conclusion that the mucus in my sinus hardens and than irritates my throat wich gives me a tickle and therefore I start to cough. When I keep my sinusses clean it was not so bad. I also take the very strong Fisherman candy which has no sugar. The other mints my dentist recommended are the Thera mints which has Xylitol in it and is ok for your teeth and helps to keep your mouth moist. This all helped me to ease up on this cough. Right now I am on 5mg prednisone and have no problem with this irritation in my throat. I hope this helps you somewhat. Good luck

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Hi. I have the same problem. I've had it for about three weeks now. I suck on mints like lifesavers mints in the round foil. It only works though when you are sucking on them. So if that is your last resort at the time, buy a lot of them. You will go through them quickly.

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Hi all,
Yea, the tickling in the throat. I have to rinse my sinuses out with salt water, usually at night. I get about 1/2 teaspoon salt to 1/2 c. warm water and either snort up the saltwater over the sink, one nostril at a time. Or I use a cottonball and lay down and drip about 10 drops at a time down each nostril. I get up and blow my nose then do more drops. I do this several times. I live in Colorado where the humidity is low and everyone keeps a sinus infection and it causes bloody noses, so you need either salt water or a saline solution, like Ocean. My pulmonary doctor doesn't even want to see me unless I've been doing the saltwater treatments. The sinus infection drains down the back of the throat and into our lungs, so my doctor said it's extremely important to rinse the nose out with saltwater daily. I think the sinus drainage is causing the tickle in my throat.

Also, has anyone out there used the Nature's Way Umcka cough syrup?
Mbeth059

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Yes, I have the tickle too. Mine is generally increasing with time (and so is the awful retching, gagging, choking with mucus stuff) but I found, recently, that it temporarily reduced when I was on holiday in a high humidity zone. I was interested to read that others have found this too.

I also have a paralysed vocal cord and I believe the throat tickling etc was a precursor, so don't ignore any hoarseness etc - get it checked out as soon as possible.

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Started put with a sore throat, got horse, the started coughing once in a while. After a few days it got to a point I couldn't sleep at night. Kept getting this tickle in my throat. No matter how hard I coughed, I couldn't get rid of it. A few days later, went to see the doc and he said it was post nasal drip and gave me a script for Tussionex Pennkinetic Susp.
Was told to take a teaspoon twice a day for 10 days.
After the 3rd dose the tickle was gone and I was finally able to get a good nights sleep.

Now a year later and a have later and on a Friday night I have it again and the doc won't be in until Monday..... Nuts.

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