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Difficulty in breathing during sleep, Overweight - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   My husband is 48 years old and having pressure around and below neck and having trouble getting good breath. He is not breathing rapidly and this is not asthma. He had some resp infection a few weeks ago and his cough is mainly gone. He is overweight and has mild hypertension. He had a stress test done a couple of months ago and it was normal.
User :   hi
Doctor :   Let me read your query
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Does he have pain in throat
User :   no
Doctor :   Difficulty swalloing
User :   no
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Does he smoke? consume alchol
User :   he is having reflux in throat
Doctor :   OK
User :   no smoking and alcohol
Doctor :   Probably the residual infection is causing inflamatory chnages in his throat which is partially obstructing
User :   he has been tired for last few days and having to nap
Doctor :   Does he snore?
User :   sometimes but has sleep apnea, sometimes I nudge him to get him to breath again
Doctor :   Its common for obese patients to have mild difficulty/ irregular respiration during sleep
Doctor :   At present i will suggest you to give him some hot drinks and a salt water gargle in Luke warm water
User :   does this sound like he needs to see doctor this week
Doctor :   this should clear his throat
Doctor :   Prolonged stress and tiredness will also make the larynx flabby during rest/ sleep leading to irregular/ difficult breathing
User :   he is having burps at this moment
Doctor :   When was his last meal
Doctor :   Is he still sleeping
User :   I have breast cancer and have just finished treatment
User :   his last meal was an hour ago
Doctor :   Ok then that the cause for burps then its fine
User :   not sleeping now
Doctor :   Was potatoes added to hios meals
Doctor :   *his
Doctor :   Or anyother aerated drinks
User :   yes, he had potatoes. he says he just feels tired
Doctor :   Ok
User :   we just drink water with meals
Doctor :   The cause for burps are sorted, tiredness as said follwing improper sleep, excessive work/tiredness
User :   thanks we will see how he does on our walk
Doctor :   Ask him to reduce his weight by involving in more outdoor activity, exercises
Doctor :   Avoid sedantry life style that will take care of the rest
Doctor :   Is there anything else ican help you with?
User :   no thanks
Doctor :   Its high time he cares about overweight ask to reduce his weight and you can help him in his diet.
User :   will do
Doctor :   After 50 all conditions related to overweight will come in to picture
Doctor :   Thanks for consulting me
Doctor :   Bye for now
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