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Doctor insights on: Spasmodic Cough Causes

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Dr. Rebecca Gliksman Dr. Gliksman
Internal Medicine
34 years in practice
Washington University School of Medicine
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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

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.,

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Cough (Definition)

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


Dr. Joshua Gottschall Dr. Gottschall
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
years in practice
State University of New York at Stony Brook School of Medicine
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What is the cause of spasmodic dysphonia?

What is the cause of spasmodic dysphonia?

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.

Dr. Joshua Turknett Dr. Turknett
Neurology
16 years in practice
Emory University School of Medicine
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Can drugs cause spasmodic torticollis?

Can drugs cause spasmodic torticollis?

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.

Dr. Djamchid Lotfi Dr. Lotfi
Neurology
54 years in practice
University of London, St Bartholomew's Hospital Medical College
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What are the causes of spasmodic torticollis?

What are the causes of spasmodic torticollis?

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.

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Dr. John Michalski Dr. Michalski
Orthopedic Surgery
32 years in practice
Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University
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What are some causes of spasmodic torticollis?

Torticollis: Aka wry neck typically the head tilts away from the side of the neck with a tight sternpcleidomadtoid muscle.

Dr. Robert Kent Dr. Kent
Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine
8 years in practice
Des Moines University College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery
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I was wondering what are some causes of spasmodic torticollis?

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.

Dr. Aaron Haug Dr. Haug
Neurology
10 years in practice
University of Kansas School of Medicine
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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").

Dr. Alexander Mauskop Dr. Mauskop
Neurology
38 years in practice
Uzgorod University Faculty of Medicine
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Dr. Edison Wong Dr. Wong
Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine
26 years in practice
Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine
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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?

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?

Clot or muscle: Either a venous clot, or muscle spasm from strain or cramp. Could be a pulled medial hamstring, vastus medialis, adductor longus, adductor magnus, gracilis, and/or sartorius. See what motion of left hip or knee triggers it. See sports medicine specialist or physiatrist.

Dr. Keegan Duchicela Dr. Duchicela
Family Medicine
10 years in practice
UC San Francisco School of Medicine
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I have a consistent cough what could be the cause?

I have a consistent cough what could be the cause?

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!

Dr. Sue Ferranti Dr. Ferranti
Internal Medicine
25 years in practice
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What causes you to cough till you feel like your gonna pass out?

What causes you to cough till you feel like your gonna pass out?

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.

Dr. Sue Ferranti Dr. Ferranti
Internal Medicine
25 years in practice
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Whay causes a dry cough?

Whay causes a dry cough?

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!

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Dr. Sue Ferranti Dr. Ferranti
Internal Medicine
25 years in practice
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What causes a dry cough?

What causes a dry cough?

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.

Dr. Sue Ferranti Dr. Ferranti
Internal Medicine
25 years in practice
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What causes a chronic cough?

What causes a chronic cough?

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.

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Dr. Vance Harris Dr. Harris
Family Medicine
33 years in practice
UCLA School of Medicine
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What could cause a phlegmy cough?

What could cause a phlegmy cough?

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.

Dr. Stephen Siegel Dr. Siegel
Internal Medicine - Pulmonology
34 years in practice
Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
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What are the causes of chronic cough?

What are the causes of chronic cough?

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.

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Dr. Latonya Brown-Puryear Dr. Brown-Puryear
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
18 years in practice
University of North Carolina School of Medicine
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What causes a person to have a chronic cough?

What causes a person to have a chronic cough?

Cough: Many things-reflux disease, bronchitis, allergies, post nasal drip, asthma, heart disease, vocal cord dysfunction to name a few of the more common. Persistent coughing should be evaluated for the cause.

Dr. Brian Broker Dr. Broker
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
26 years in practice
Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University
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What causes tingling on my sides when I cough?

What causes tingling on my sides when I cough?

Muscle pain, hypoxia: There are many things that could be happening such as a pulled muscle or, depending on how hard and long you cough, a decrease in oxygen in the blood thy can lead to a tingling sensation. If it persists you should ask your doctor.

Dr. Anthony Rooklin Dr. Rooklin
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
45 years in practice
Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University
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What causes the crackly cough sounds from a cold?

What causes the crackly cough sounds from a cold?

Fluid: The crackly sound is caused by fluid which is in the airway and the air moving thru the fluid as you breath and cough. When the air sacs or alveoli are involved occurs with pneumonia and the doctor will hear crackles when the chest is listened to with a stethoscope.