@anniepie Our constant coughing is certainly very annoying to us and to others. If I cannot stop coughing at bedtime or during a catscan procedure. I use sore throat spray to numb the sensation in my throat temporarily. Our coughs are certainly a good thing as they clear our lungs. I also have bladder leaks too and have to tell the lab people I need to take my sputum cup to the bathroom to which they inform me they don't need a urine sample. I have to laugh when I tell them they will get a urine sample on the chair if i cannot take it into the bathroom and sit on the toilet while I try to forcefully cough to get anything out. More times than not I take my cup home because I cannot get any sputum out.
I went straight from period pads to bladder leak pads and early menapause. I have no shame in saying that. I did try natural remedies and many pessarys. I take hormone replacement and that was the only thing that helped with my menopause symptoms.
I also wear a mask every time I leave my home and to take my dog out it helps keep the cold air or the pollen or other irritations out of my lungs . And I glove up to go to the store, doctor's appointments, Pharmacy and friends and families homes. I am mostly a home body now with my Huntington's Disease symptoms preventing me from driving. Most of the time I have disability resources for getting me to my doctors appointments. I got dizzy and had unexplained fevers so my pulmonary doctor admitted me for observation and IV Antibiotics and breathing treatments for 6 days. Afterwards I reciveved home care for two months. I was afraid of getting dizzy while driving. I haven't had a dizzy spell since April. I am dependent on a walker now because of my Huntington's unsteady gait… I am unashamed to wearing a bladder leak product and you should be too. As much as we cough its a necessity. Happy Halloween everyone!!!