Sep 23, 2012 - 7:47 am
In the last two weeks my husband's mucus has increased greatly as to where he can't sleep lying down. This is both in his lungs and mouth. He had a laryngectomy in March 2011 and then in April 2012 they found a tumor at the cervical of the esphogus (rare spot and due to location considered head and neck). He underwent another 35 radiation and 7 chemo treatments which were completed 7/2/12 because they told us that due to location, previous surgery and radiation, surgery would have major complications and was being ruled out. Small tumor and no spread. Everything was going good until 2 weeks ago when he became sick with what they think was a stomach virus. Since then nothing but problems. His throat is completely closed off and he depends on a feeding tube and has since May 2012. He had a PET/CT scan last week and we see the doctors this Wednesday for the results.
Has anyone ever had this problem of excessive mucus all of a sudden? We have tried the wedge, mucinex, benadylr but nothing helps. The recliner does help him sleep better and I guess the next step would be an adjustable bed. Hospital bed is too short for him as he is 6'4". Am wondering if his throat being completely closed off is the problem. The doctors said they couldn't do anything until they have the results of the PET/CT scan.
Thanks for any help -- Sharon