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11-13-2005, 03:20 PM
I have a 20 year old with Cystic fibrosis and B. Cepacia. Every since his last hospitalization he has been geting into coughing spells everytime he sits down for a meal. I have started to notice that lessens the amount he eats because of this. Do any of you have this problem


11-13-2005, 05:00 PM
All i can contribute is that I have often noticed that when I eat something it makes me cough stuff up easier afterwards...which is so weird I cant even begin to explain it. basically like i could do my vest or treatments, cough a little, then eat, and i will cough a lot more. Maybe it has something to do with just activting your system, getting the blood flowing, etc. I have b. cepacia too, but cant really think of why this in particular would have any connection....but then again there are a million things we dont know...


11-13-2005, 09:14 PM
I have B. Cepacia and after I eat I have a bad coughing fit. Cokes and candies makes it worse. If I sit for a little while after I eat and sip water, it doesn't seem so bad. It is totally weird and I would also LOVE an explination. BTW I am a 24 yr old male. If it makes any difference.

11-13-2005, 10:06 PM
HI...37 yr old female w/CF. I have unpredictable coughing spells. I never know when they are gonna happen. I have noticed though that as I get older the worse things get (CF related that is). My coughing spells get to the point to where I vomit and vomit and vomit (you get the pic), sometimes I even have to pull over when driving. My coughing spells happen whether I am eating or not...it just happens. And sometimes I even get woken up at night from coughing. I also suffer from being constantly bloated and gasy too and the CF docs don't know why. Good Luck to finding out why the coughing spells happen, my docs have NO clue!

11-14-2005, 02:14 AM
I don't have cepacia, but have had coughing spells increase, lately. I'm a 40 yr. old w/CF.
The kind of coughs I hate (and worry about the most) are the ones that get me so dizzy sometimes, I see stars! Not good while driving, though it only happened once.
The other kind I hate, which coincides with having a cold, or sinus infection, are the dry coughs, some of which start in the middle of the night and last for an hour or so. In that case, I gargle with water and salt (just a little), or some stuff in Japan that looks like iodine.
In the case of productive coughing, I try to keep tissues nearby...for a long time I thought swallowing the mucus was ok, (maybe gross, but important to be mentioned) but in actuallity, it's not, and best to be detracted from the body.

For EB24, your coughing may NOT be CF Lung related...I was told by a doctor that some of the coughing I had (only recent) was potentially related to the gasses of the stomach acid being irritable on the lungs. I'm not a doctor, but this may give some info for you to ask if it's a possibility. since in chemestry, water is a base, and hydrochloric acid, same as what's in the stomach, is an acid, perhaps drinking water cuts down on the reaction, but the chemicals in the cola, and candies (not sure about the candy, but the carbonization from the cola, may be a culprit in aggrivating the stomach acid) may be increasing it.
Worth checking out, eh?

11-14-2005, 10:19 AM
When I was sick (sometimes otherwise also, but moreso sick) I seemed to "forget" how to swallow. I always seemed to end up with food down the wrong pipe. I dont know if I was so hungry that I was rushing or I was so congested that it was interfering with my swallowing. All I know is that by the time you get done coughing your head off you dont want to eat. I also have times where the heat & smell of something will trigger an attack (almost like allergies) where you get that tickle in your throat that no amount of liquids help. You just have to suffer thru until it subsides. I havent had it in awhile, but my health is on the mends so maybe that is why.

11-14-2005, 02:04 PM
Thanks for the info 65rosessamurai, I will definately check into that.

11-14-2005, 03:01 PM
Perhaps interesting, but not quite true. Water is pH-neutral, a perfect 7. Your tap water might even be slightly acidic, depending on where you live.

11-14-2005, 05:14 PM
My coughing spells when I am not sick are very predictable... .Like when I laugh hard, cry hard, or on exercertion, and first thing in the am..

When I am sick.. it is pretty constant... I know when I go to eat when I am sick, unless on high doses of steroids, my appetite is not good, and I find it very hard to swallow my food and breath at the same time... and that kind of makes me feel like I am choking so I do cough more.....

I don't know if the B cepecia has anything to do with it, I do not culture that.....


11-14-2005, 06:55 PM
Thank you for everyone's input. I often think I worry too much. He sees the doctor today so hopefully, he will mention it to him.