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Suffering with excessive saliva since months causing improper sleep and suffocation. Is it a symptom of thyroid?

my mother-in-law is 84 years and has beeen suffering from excesive saliva for 4 months now that shes not getting a good sleep that she wakes up at 2 at night. her complain is that she cant get rid of the saliva by swallowing and she is always getting rid of it from her mouth and this is making her very tired and upset especially at night she feels that shes suffocating. My question is saliva a symptom of thyroid and if so what is the solution and medication or if this is true does the operation help her in not getting excessive saliva that suffocates her? please help
Asked On : Tue, 2 Oct 2012
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Dec 2014
Hello, Welcome to Health Care Magic

She is 84 years old and is having excessive salivation and she spends most of the time in spitting or clearing the saliva. In a lot of persons of elderly age such type of symptoms are seen and in most cases the investigations come normal and no significant cause is seen. With advancing age excessive salivation may be a feature of Parkinson's disease. Poor expression, slow movements, rigidity etc are seen. Alzheimer's disease may be other possibility. Due to the salivation she is not getting enough rest and this is causing aggravation of anxiety and depressive symptoms. I would advise you to consult a Neuropsychiatrist for expert help.
Thyroid may be a cause but other features of thyroid abnormality are also seen. Best thing is to take opinion of a Psychiatrist.

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