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Cough, 2 days post op. Cough, 2 days post op.

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Unread 02-25-2012, 03:25 PM
Cough, 2 days post op.

I have developed a cough. It started in the hospital, but it seems to be getting worse. I was told that this was a possible side effect from the anesthesia. The cough isn't bad, but it really hurts where my incisions are. I hug a pillow to my belly when I cough and that does help a little. I've been able to manage the pain with just ibuprofen 800s. Im afraid I am going to need to start taking Percocet to deal with the pain from coughing. I have nothing against the Percocet, but I've heard that it can worsen constipation issues, and that scares me.

Any advice? I could call the on call doctor, but any advice from you ladies would be wonderful.
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Unread 02-25-2012, 03:51 PM
Re: Cough, 2 days post op.

I was same don't cough, huff. With pillow over incision Take three deep breaths sitting as upright as poss, on the third when you exhale let out a huff, and keep huffing maybe 2/3 times if needed. physiotherapist taught me this SD I had coughing and sneezing fits and it hurts, hope this helps xx
Unread 02-27-2012, 02:35 PM
Re: Cough, 2 days post op.

I had a cough after surgery too...
It can hurt but I found that helped me was to first tighten my upper muscles. Place a hand just above the belly button... Tighten that area.. Make sure you are sitting straight up...then cough... It will help keep the lower part of the tummy area from moving... and because the tummy muscles are tight it will keep them from heaving too much...
Good Luck...


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