I never thought I would find others with basically identical circumstances.
My father is 82 y/o and lives with me (I am his son). He has PD and dementia.
Over the past 2 months he has began to cough during the night, so much so that I cannot sleep.
It is a strange elongated cough, followed by a yawn. It happens mostly during the night, but oddly when he sleeps during the day, it does not happen.
I should note that he drools extensively, and has problems swallowing, but this has never affected his sleep time before.
Anyway, I have tried everything to stop the cough. I have bought a hospital bed, specifically to raise him from his waste as he sleeps, I have used Nasonex for post-nasal drip, I have changed bedrooms (in case of allergy), I have used different air-conditioning settings, and I have tried a host of cough medications.
I have found only 2 things that have worked however. The gas heater reduces the coughing down to about 20% of the usual.
However Nurofen Plus (Codeine Ibuprofen) shuts his coughing down completely, at least for the night.
The downside is that it gives him constipation the next day.
I hope this is helpful to all the other carers who will no doubt find this topic one day after they too get bamboozled by this very distressing complication.View Thread