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Spasmodic Cough Causes
What's spasmodic cough sound like? Been having STRANGE cough for 7 months. Done every possible investigation. I may have GERD I know it causes spasmodic
Spasmodic cough: If GERD try ranitidine / prevecid &elevate head of bed. May also be post nasal drip/sinusitis for which zyrtec prior to bed and elevation of head when sleeping may help. May be allergic zyrtec should help or asthma-may need inhaler. Could be other conditions as well, so would check CXR-sarcoid TB, masses, clots. Occasionally mycoplasma- tx w zithromax. f/u/ w/ pulmonary/ allergist., ...Read more
The cough reflex is a protective mechanism that uses muscles in your throat and chest to expel mucous and saliva that may contain pathogens that would otherwise possibly be inhaled via aerosol or to expel pathogens infecting the throat and respiratory system. Cough benefits the host by reducing load and benefits the pathogen which may then spread via aerosol. ...Read more
Would you be able to cough normally if you have Spasmodic Dysphonia diagnosis? I have strangled voice with breathiness but normal cough?
Dysphonia: It is mostly about the breath and posture to produce a normal voice sound with dysphonia. There may not be coughing with this disorder. Drinking fluids daily is also important to keep vocal cords healthy/hydrated. With time, this can improve. Welcome to health tap, Dr. Ivy Fisher ...Read more
Spasmodic dysphonia: Spasmodic dysphonia is a voice disorder characterized by abnormal "spasms" of the vocal cords resulting and interruptions of speech and affecting voice. Causes of SD can arise from vocal muscle, neuromuscular junction, and inflamed laryngeal nerves. Treatment would include speech therapy to reduce muscle tension, Botox injection into affected muscles and rarely surgery. ...Read more
Not exactly: There are certain drugs that work by blocking the action of dopamine, most of which are medications to treat psychosis or nausea (haldol, thorazine, phenergan, (promethazine) reglan) that can cause a "dystonic reaction" where the head is pulled involuntarily to one side, which would appear the same as someone with spasmodic torticollis. ...Read more
Unknown: Spasmodic torticollis is a focal dystonia (like blepharospasm and writer, s cramp) in which neck cannot be kept straight and is turned to one side. The cause of focal dystonia, s is not clear and even though some psychogenic factors seem to play a part in the start of some of these symptoms we do not know why or how the process continues. ...Read more
While there can: Be a number of associated neurologic conditions, isolated spasmodic torticollis is usually idiopathic, as we do not know the cause. If there are other symptoms, there are many syndromes that include it, and neuro insults like brain injury or radiation treatments can also cause it. Even poor positioning in utero is speculated to be related. Best to have a thorough history to isolate that answer. ...Read more
What causes spasmodic torticollus besides drugs? I've had the same medication for2 and it's never happened before
Genetics, idiopathic: Torticollis, also known as cervical dystonia, can be the result of some medications, especially Dopamine blocking medicines such as may be used for bipolar or schizophrenia. This can happen even after being on the same dose of the same medication for a long time. Other times there are genetic conditions that can cause torticollis, and sometimes there is no clear cause ("idiopathic"). ...Read more
Can botox treat my spasmodic dysphonia? I have been diagnosed with spasmodic dysphonia. This causes spasms in my vocal cords and I have been told that botox can improve this. Is this true? .
Yes, it can: Botox injections are very effective treatment for spasmodic dysphonia, which should be performed by an experienced ENT specialist. ...Read more
What can cause spasms in the bladder within less than a minute after urination. I will have hard sharp spasmodic pain in my bladder after urination.?
Infection: Infection likely need to see physician.Get a more detailed answer ›
Cause of random, very intense spasmodic pain in my medial left leg 6-8 inches superior to the knee joint along pathway of saphenous nerve?
Various things...: When I see a bad cough in clinic, and there's no clear infectious source like bronchitis, pneumonia or other type of viral illness, I start to look for things like asthma, gastric reflux, post-nasal drip. It usually takes a good history and exam to figure out the cause. Bottom line, please get checked out and don't let this cough linger! ...Read more
Possibilities...: There are many possible causes of a severe cough including bronchospasm from any cause, acute bronchitis, post-nasal drip, gerd or a combination of these diagnoses. All of these have different treatments so you need to see your doctor for diagnosis and treatment. If you smoke, you need to quit to decrease airway inflammation. ...Read more
Possibilities...: Cough, especially chronic cough, can be due to bronchospasm, gerd, post-nasal drip, bronchitis or even a combination of these etiologies. Bronchitic cough tends to be productive but the rest can be "dry." if one etiology is left untreated, the person will continue to cough. So, continue to see your doctor so all nessary treatments can be given to resolve your cough. Good luck! ...Read more
Possibilities...: Persistent chronic non-productive cough is usually due to bronchospasm (due to any cause), post-nasal drip, gerd or a combination of these diagnoses. An evaluation by a doctor is needed for diagnosis since these all have different treatments. If you smoke, smoking cessation is needed to decrease airway inflammation. ...Read more
Possibilities...: Chronic cough is usually due to bronchospasm, gerd, post-nasal drip or a combination of etiologies. If the cough is multi factorial, all etiologies must be treated for the cough to resolve. Sometimes testing is needed for all etiologies to be diagnosed and thus proper treatment can be rendered. ...Read more
Infection usually: Any infection that causes irritation to the respiratory system will cause a productive cough with sputum. It is your body responding to the infection. Unless you are running fevers or it has been going on for more than two weeks you can probably just wait it out for it to heal. If it has lasted more than two weeks then see your dr. Or if you are running fevers have shortness of breath or pain. ...Read more
Bronchial irritation: Bronchial tube irritation, sinus/nasal irritation, gastroesophageal reflux all tend to cause chronic cough. In the lung smoking, asthma, pneumonia (especially pertussis, mycoplasma), foreign bodies can cause chronic cough. Treat acid reflux disease, sinus infection sinusitis. Some medications such as ace inhibitors. Stepwise treatment of asthma with sinus, gi, treatment avoid aspirin/dust. ...Read more
Depends...: The possible etiologies include bronchospasm from any cause, gerd, sinus problems or even a combination of these factors. Diagnosis also depends upon cough duration. Treatment depends on diagnosis so please see your doctor asap so the proper diagnosis can be made and treatment rendered. ...Read more
Multiple causes: Get a comprehensive physical examination, blood testsfor infection and a chest xray. ...Read more
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