Dear friends ,

i need your help ! Does glossopharyngeal neuralgia causes you caugh ? Whenever i speak louder

or when iam in bed trying to sleep most of the times i have a caugh that comes and go .

This is not happening every day , but it scares me a lot .

Please reply to my question . It is very imprortant for me !!!!!

I had the problem as will, and still do. A medication called Tessalon Perls seems to help. I believe that the vocal chord on the GPN side is hypersensitive. It is scary.

Hi Candy I also had a cough but it only coincided with the pain attack and meant I could only breath out, not in, so eventually I suspect consciousness was lost, because I tended to wake up in an ambulance with morphine killing the pain.

It makes sense that as the Glossopharyngeal Nerve governs the function of the muscles of the throat, that the vocal chords my also be inflamed causing a cough reaction.

Seek Doctors advice as soon as you can.


Yes, laying down at night and cold air cause my chronic cough. I will have it for months and then it seems to go away for a bit and comes back. There was a stretch where I would cough so hard I was vomiting. I believe it is irritation of the vagus nerve for me which is right next to the GP nerve.

Yes, I developed the cough after the surgery. The larynx has become hyper sensitive—laryngeal sensory neuropathy. Essentially, this means that the nerve that provides sensation to the voicebox and is responsible for triggering the cough reflex has been injured, by surgery or virus, in my case, the glossopharyngeal nerve-severing surgery. When this happens, the nerve's level of sensitivity before it triggers the cough reflex becomes markedly reduced; in other words, it becomes hyper-sensitive. This situation is akin to the elevated sensitivity of the skin producing pain even with the lightest touch after healing from a bad burn, even if the skin appears completely normal. Normally, the nerve recovers its normal level of sensitivity and the cough resolves. However, in my case the nerve did not recover and a persistent chronic cough results. In this scenario, the best medications are those that "calm" the nerve down. The most effective meds are the same anti-convulsant ones I was on prior to glossopharyngeal surgery to which I had a terrible reaction (caused hives and brain swelling). So, the cause of the cough and vocal cord dysfunction is known. I'm relieved to know it isn't cancer. It's an issue but nothing compared to GPN pain.

I have asthma as well, so I’m not sure which one is causing it, but have suspected that sometimes it may. When I do have coughing fits I drink thyme tea (boil water, add thyme, and let steep). I might have to have two rarely three cups, but it helps. Thyme is supposed to stop spasmodic coughing, so I’m unsure if it is the thyme or the heat that helps.

Hi I used to have to cough when I had what I call a seizure or the violent pain, it felt like my throat was being constricted and I had a job breathing. This luckily for me only lasted about 20 to 30 seconds. But never experienced what you say you are experiencing.

Yes lots of people describe having a cough with GPN. I never did but then straight after my MVD I developed a crushing cough as well as losing my voice and a speech and language therapist in hospital explained that the vocal chord is located right beside the GPN nerve so whenever it is inflamed it knocks into the vocal chord causing the coughing mechanism. I've heard people say their Doctors have treated this with steroids to their vocal chords depending on how severe the cough is. Perhaps look into it? Fingers crossed for you x