This topic contains 14 replies, has 8 voices, and was last updated by  Charlene Marshall 2 weeks ago.

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  • #19848
     Wendy Dirks 
    Participant

    I have a somewhat bizarre question. Does laughing make you cough? I have two grandchildren and we love to play silly games. I’ve always had a quirky and wicked sense of humour and I love to laugh. When I get together with friends we spend most of the time laughing and joking as well.

    My problem is that laughing brings on terrible coughing fits. I just ignore them but they’re pretty severe and I know people worry when they hear me. I’d rather die laughing than not but how do I keep my coughing under control when I’m having so much fun?

  • #19887
     Susan Howitt 
    Participant

    Unfortunately the answer is yes, and wish I knew the answer to your second question

     

  • #19896
     Charlene Marshall 
    Keymaster

    Hi Wendy,

    Really good question, although I can’t say I have an answer for you. Sometimes laughing makes me cough, especially true when I am out in the cold, but other times it doesn’t. It is strange, isn’t it? I wonder if it is how we inhale while laughing, maybe not as deep as our normal breathing abilities. I am just trying to think of the physiological way we laugh to see if it has anything to do with it. Does anyone else cough after laughing? Please share your experience with us.

     

    Charlene.

  • #19900
     Wendy Dirks 
    Participant

    My coughing fits when I laugh are downright scary. Thanks for responding – I’m going to ask my consultant at my next appointment.

    • #19902
       Charlene Marshall 
      Keymaster

      Sounds good Wendy. If you think of it, please report back on what he/she says – would be interesting to hear a physician’s perspective!

      Thanks,
      Charlene.

  • #19949
     Karen Larson Gonsler 
    Participant

    I also cough a lot while laughing. I wish I knew how to deal with this. I love to laugh and it’s an uplifting feeling to do so. If anyone out there knows a solution let us know.

  • #19955
     Karen Boettin. 
    Participant

    I cough hard when laughing and get light headed .I tell my kids and grandkids jokenly that they are trying to kill me.

    • #19966
       Charlene Marshall 
      Keymaster

      Agreed Karen ( @nimrod) & Karen ( @karen-larson-gonsler) …. I wonder if anyone knows how to deal with this? @drandyhall? @noah-greenspan? Do either of you have any insight or thoughts to share pertaining to this?

      Sincerely,
      Charlene.

      • #20003
         Andrew Hall DC 
        Participant

        Thank goodness we all still have a sense of humor!  I have found that I cough at times with laughing too.  I can’t say I know how to deal with it, but my theory is that with a hearty kind of laugh we use our diaphragm muscle that we breath with, and with the short and quick contraction of it while laughing it probably disturbs some of the fibrous tissue that stimulates a cough reflex.  Don’t know if thats really the case but it makes sense to me.

        So, giggles to everyone!!!

        Andy

         

  • #19950
     Deed 
    Participant

    I noticed that I started to cough when I laugh a few months ago, mostly while on the phone.  I see the respiratory doctor next week.  I am noticing a lot of unwelcome changes.

    🤨

  • #19967
     Charlene Marshall 
    Keymaster

    Hi @deed,

    Do you mind letting us know if the pulmonary doctor shares anything particularly helpful or informative around the coughing that seems to come from excessive talking (I’ve experienced this) or laughter, as the two Karen’s have mentioned above? It sure is interesting, and frustrating because as Karen shared – laughing can be so uplifting and important to our coping! Ps. I LOVE your profile photo – I have a golden retriever, and don’t know what I would do without my “furbaby” 🙂

    Charlene.

  • #20008
     Daryl Long 
    Participant

    Hello Wendy, et al,

    My diagnosis is hypersensitivity pneumonitis, which might be different from yours.  However, I initially experienced the same sort of violent debilitating coughing which left me exhausted with aching abdominal muscles.  This could be induced by cold air, hot air, humid air (pretty much any air), talking, and, as you say, laughing.  I have often tried to use humor to take the edge off difficult situations.  So, I used to joke that coughing was the only exercise I got, until the coughing discouraged any laughing, on my part.

    A visit to my ENT produced a satisfactory solution.   After testing various dosages, she prescribed gabapentin; 200mg three times a day.  The reasoning was that the fibrosis was causing “unfriendly” interaction between lung tissues, and the gabapentin blocked the pain that led to the coughing.  This may not be a medically accurate interpretation, on my part, but it is easy for me to imagine.   I’ve been on this dosage since February, and it has effectively eliminated the violent coughing.  I do still cough on a daily basis, but it seems to be caused by post nasal drip, and it isn’t painful.  An unexpected “delighter” was a reduction of my sciatica pain.

    Gabapentin does have side effects, which must be balanced against the benefits.  For me, the most significant side effect is a general numbness, especially in my feet and legs.  This causes me to be a bit unsteady and I probably have a bit of a gait.  However, the violent coughing was actually scaring people; some worried about being infected, others worried that I could be having a real medical emergency.

    I can appreciate what you’re experiencing, and I hope you can resolve or minimize it and start laughing again.

    Best regards,

    daryl

    • #20056
       Wendy Dirks 
      Participant

      Hi, Daryl – Thanks so much for this tip. I will speak to my consultant about it when I see him in August. I’m always a bit ambivalent about adding yet another medication – I feel like a walking drugstore at times! I’ll see what he says. Best wishes, Wendy

  • #20106
     Deed 
    Participant

    Hi Charlene,

    A little back story, I have had a noticeable decrease in my breathing abilities in the last few months.  I went to a walk in clinic, my GP’s office and finally saw my Respiratory doctor.  He said that I have a lung infection and have been put on Prednisone, antibiotics, 2 more inhalers and a Aerobika.  Apparently my lungs are full of mucous and the other doctors did not pick this up.  I’m not laughing now!  I assumed that these changes were part of the COPD and the IPF.  I should not have settled for a diagnosis from a doctor that  is not aware of lung issues.  Next time I will either get in to see the Respiratory doctor (difficult to see in a hurry) or go to the ER.  I was not able to ask the questions I had planned due to this new information.

    My dogs are my joy, I own a father and son duo.  5 years and 8 months old.   They take good care of me. 😘

  • #20154
     Charlene Marshall 
    Keymaster

    Hi Deed,

    Thanks so much for getting back in touch with me, and sharing a bit more about how you’re doing. It has been a few days – how is the lung infection and all the treatments for it coming along? Prednisone is nasty stuff but it sure can be effective! I hope it is working for the mucous in your lungs, that would feel terrible. Sorry you were misdiagnosed, that is awful. Will you have a chance to ask the questions you wanted to at your next appointment?

    How wonderful to hear of your dogs! Aren’t they amazing? I don’t know what I would do without my golden retreiver, she’s amazing. Glad they take good care of you 🙂

    Charlene.

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