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trouble sleeping with GERD cough
#1
Lately with my GERD, I am getting a cough. It happens mostly when I lay down and I am not sleeping well as a result. I keep coughing and coughing and it won't let me sleep. I am using cough drops but it only helps a little. As soon as they are done, I start coughing again. I am being careful to avoid eating too close to bed but it isn't helping.

I have lost most of my voice and I am sounding raspy. I would really like ideas to stop the cough.

#2
Are you sleeping with your head elevated above your stomach? That is important for getting gravity to help hold things down. Also, are you taking medications to reduce the acid?

#3
I tried sleeping on a wedge, but I could not sleep. I layed there for hours drifting in and out of sleep. I felt horrible the next day and my reflux was even worse. I have tried many times too and in many positions without any luck.

I am now taking Prevacid but it hasn't stopped the cough. I don't feel reflux, just the cough.

#4
If you can't use a wedge, you can try lifting the head of your bed or your mattresses to accomplish the same effect.

Aside from this and medications, the only other thing I recommend is sipping cold herbal tea to reduce the irritation. If you keep it by your bed in a bottle you can sip it when the cough comes. I bought some teas that were sold as alkaline (not acidic) and I sip those. I had to try a few to find one that actually works, but I think I have found a few that help reduce the acid.

Be careful if you buy anything because the alternative medicine people will try to sell you something based on the "Alkaline Diet". I find it to be unscientific to put it gently.

#5
I am not sure about the bed, but the herbal tea or even water might help. Thanks!

#6
If you can't get any relief, surgery might be something you have to consider. Many people have had success with surgery.

#7
Extra pillows and a glass of water by your bed is what I would suggest. Unfortunately, cough drops are only temporary and yes you will have issue sleeping still. Is your cough productive, dry or simply in conjunction with your other GERD symptoms?
#8
I still have the cough. I am on steroids now to reduce the swelling and irritation somewhat. I think the cough is from the GERD, but I am not really sure. It is not productive at all. I am just coughing from irritiation in the throat. The steroids are helping a little but I can't be on these for long so I hope it goes away soon. Thanks for asking.




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