Coughing til lightheaded
17 May 2007 - 07:00 PM
17 May 2007 - 07:22 PM
I have done the same thing from time to time every since my
early 20's. I would cough so hard for so long and would start feeling
lightheaded and woozy like you said. It has gotten so bad at times,
I would start filling a tingling sensation an a buzz in my ears and then
pass out. Only for a couple of seconds, almost like a seizure. It use to scare
me pritty bad. The Dr's ran their test and really didn't ever come up with
anything except that maybe it was because of a lack of o2 to the brain.
I don't know what it was, I'm just glad it doesn't happen anymore.
Be careful Eileen and take care of yourself.
17 May 2007 - 08:27 PM
18 May 2007 - 07:29 AM
I'm glad I'm not alone in this, and I will be careful. You're right, Tippy, it's hard to describe to a doctor, and I haven't mentioned it to mine. More testing is the last thing I want right now.
Tim, it probably is lack of oxygen, like you said. I've always had a cough, even after I quit smoking, so that makes sense to me.
Thanks for your responses, you're the best!
18 May 2007 - 12:22 PM
18 May 2007 - 01:40 PM
Thanks again to everyone - you truly are the best! I'm so grateful for all of you!
18 May 2007 - 05:14 PM
I just recently joined the forum. Modearate COPD, severe asthma, sleep apnea, former smoker, etc. etc., etc....on continuous oxygen, feeling lost sometimes and trying to understand this illness.
These "spells" feel like coughing spasms to me. They hit for no apparent reason. I can be sitting quietly...when KABOOM! and yes, they are very scary. Usually, I feel like there is something stuck in the back of my throat and imagine it would be akin to choking on a fishbone. Although I know I need it, I pull out my canuela for the oxygen as it seems I can't catch my breath no matter what I do. Warm water sips sometimes helps. And I wonder, during those times if I should increase my oxygen intake (am now at 2 Liters), but am afraid to do so.
I have had them while being on oxygen and previous to being placed on oxygen. I have had them in front of my doctor and nurses while in the hospital. They may not be life threatening, but they sure feel that way!
It is good to be here. Sometimes I feel so all alone. I have found so many people cannot cope with another with this type of illness. And, sometimes I wonder how long I have. I am now slowly (very slowly) recovering from an excerabation. but find my breathing more difficult that before the episode. Now I wonder, if this is how I am going to be now, or is this just my body still healing. I hope it is temporary for now I find I get short of breath even with the oxygen.
Well, this is longer that I thought it would be...!
I hope Eileen you are feeling better!
18 May 2007 - 06:05 PM
I have to be very careful eating and drinking, too. It's hard to breathe and swallow at the same time, and it's probably not supposed to happen that way, but with COPD it can happen very easily. I coughed for one solid hour about a year ago after inhaling a very tiny piece of raw carrot that I was eating. I was so short of breath, and perspiring so badly, that I thought I would surely die from it. I was exhausted after that. Thank goodness that doesn't happen often, but I get shorter coughing fits on rice, powdery stuff on food (even grated cheese), and other things when I'm not careful.
Exacerbations leave us very weak for a long time, so don't expect too much right away. I've had severe emphysema for 8 years and I'm always disappointed if I don't bounce right back. You'd think I'd know that by now...Have you been to pulmonary rehab? If not, that would be a wonderful step in regaining your strength, and helping your muscles be stronger so that they require less oxygen, saving it for the lungs and vital organs.
Joni, no one knows how long we have, but having copd is not a death sentence and with proper care, you will live a good long life. Thanks for joining us, and you won't be alone here! It's hard to express to people, even our own families, how difficult life is with a breathing disorder. There's nothing like friends in the same boat to understand what you're going through!
18 May 2007 - 07:35 PM
Thanks, Eileen for your advice to Joni. I did not realize that inhaling food also had to do with COPD. It seems I do that more often lately. I have to be so careful, it seems. And it's frightening and so draining.
Joni, Eileen, and fellow breathers, you're in my prayers!
19 May 2007 - 03:48 PM
Just a fast note regarding eating , drinking and food going done the wrongs pipes. (coughing your brains out)
When chewing or drinking Prior to swallowing, tip your head foreward so that you chin is closer to your chest. This will prevent the food and drink from going towards your lungs. And as we all know food and liquids in the lungs can make for some nice infections.
Not to mention, you'll be able to enjoy your dinner without coughing through it.