Post Surgical Cough Blues
A few weeks post surgery where they removed the upper right lobe of my lung and a small part of the lung to remove the cancerous tumour, I have had a cough which has been nagging. Having read enough web sites including the American Cancer Society web site, I knew this was a post surgical cough. Gradually, over the period of a week, I could feel pain starting in my lung area which I knew to be aggravation of the tissue in my chest walls. I decided to take an over the counter cough suppressant. This worked for about a week, but the cost of the bottle, was getting to be a bit too much. My cough had become progressively more present while working and I found myself hitting the mute button on the phone to hide it from my customers sometimes even not making my hand or mouse cursor to the mute button before I had to cough. It got to the point that I emailed my surgeon's office and was able to get a prescription for my cough.
Now, let me tell you that this is not the same cough that plagued me prior to surgery, it is more pronounced. When I asked the surgeon about this, I was told that this is to be expected. It hasn't been totally explained to me up until now, but the act of removing the portion of the lung, plus removing a few lymph nodes, irritation of these areas is enough to cause the urge to cough. I have been told that the recovery time from this can be anywhere from a few weeks to more than a year in terms of the cough. The prescription has been beneficial, but not 100% effective. I have noticed that talking does cause it to flare up more, but not as much as it would without the prescription.
I hope to be able to push past this point in the near future!