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Thanks for the information

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For the last couple of nights I kept waking up coughing and coughing. I thought maybe allergies but it didn't quite feel like that.

I then remembered reading about GERD causing a dry cough. I also remember someone saying to raise your head to relieve it.

I put some pillows to raise my shoulders and head- and immediately nodded off til morning- no coughing.

I will be looking for a more permanent solution than piling up the pillows.

I just want to thank the people here who post information and experiences- I know it was several months ago that I read about this. Just goes to show that you should always read the posts, even if you don't think it applies to you right at this moment.

Anyway- thanks again.

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I fought the nighttime reflux thing for years, but with some lifestyle changes have managed to keep it under control. If I do start coughing when I lay down that immediately tells me to add another pillow. I currently start off with a wedge pillow, a regular pillow underneath it, and 3 more pillows arranged strategically on top of the wedge. If I wake up around 3 am, I usually can remove the top pillow (which is vertical). The trick there is to remember to throw it on the floor and not on top of the hubby. I sleep on my left side, because sleeping on my right side makes me cough. I quit eating 3 hours before bedtime. Those are just the main ones. There are so many things you can do, but the important thing is to stop it before it starts. You don't want to aspirate into the lungs, and, you'll get a better night's sleep.

I'm glad that the extra pillows helped and that you remember reading about here! Since this does seem to be a starting problem for you, you might want to check out our page on living with GERD. You might identify a few other things that could help you.

Have a great night's sleep!

Janey Willis

ISN Support Specialist

(Retired) ISN Assistant Webmaster

(Retired) ISN News Director

(Retired) ISN Technical Writer for Training Manuals

International Scleroderma Network (ISN)

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