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Suggest remedy for difficulty breathing and snoring while sleeping

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Posted on Mon, 30 May 2016
Question: Shortness of breath. Can't sleep because a gasp f air or loud snore. Slowing down on alcohol but hasn't helped. Gained 50 lbs after stopping beer in 2012. Gut is bigger. Out of shape a bit Sleep apnea I thought but every ten minutes I take a huge breath. I'm 6 ft and 215. Getting anxiety cause of my business
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Answered by Dr. Kaushal Bhavsar (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:
Get done sleep study to rule out sleep apnea.

Detailed Answer:
Thanks for your question on Healthcare Magic.
I can understand your concern.
In my opinion, we should first rule out sleep apnea in your case because you are obese, having snore and diabetic.
So first of all get done sleep study to rule out sleep apnea.
You should loose weight and avoid stress and tension.
You may need BiPAP (Bilevel Positive Airway Pressure) machine on the basis of sleep study.
Please let me know
1. Your exact height and weight
2. Do you have day time sleepiness?
3. Do you have headache?
Please reply me answers of above asked questions, so that I can guide you better.
I will be happy to help you further. Wish you good health. Thanks.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Kaushal Bhavsar (28 minutes later)
I don't think it is apnea now dr. It's a shortness of breathe starting about 6 pm getting worse thru night. I am 6 foot 215 lbs. weighed 180 before quitting drinking. Now drinking again after 3 years. Step down program to stop again. Anxiety is a big issue but I'm tough. Don't think I'm obese type 1 since I was fourteen. Local dr diagnosed bronchitis week and a half ago. Took z-pac and cough med with codean Felt better But snoring has been going on for 3 months what is going on. Don't look fat at all except big belly
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Answered by Dr. Kaushal Bhavsar (31 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Do you smoke?

Detailed Answer:
Thanks for your follow up question on Healthcare Magic.
I can understand your concern.
Best treatment for bronchitis is inhaled treatment.
So please let me know
1. Do you smoke?
2. Have you tried inhaled treatment?
Please reply me answers of above asked questions, so that I can guide you better.
I will be happy to help you further. Wish you good health. Thanks.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Kaushal Bhavsar (1 hour later)
Can't smoke anymore. Have for 20 years tho. Had 2 cigarettes in last 4 days. No inhaler at all but feels like I need one. Thanks. DR. Just think I can't exhale all the way to get proper breath. Heavy feeling on upper chest. Causes anxiety.
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Answered by Dr. Kaushal Bhavsar (19 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Get done PFT first.

Detailed Answer:
Thanks for your follow up question on Healthcare Magic.
I can understand your concern.
In my opinion, you should quit smoking as soon as possible.
Get done PFT (pulmonary function test).
You are mostly having chronic bronchitis.
And you will need inhaled bronchodilator and inhaled corticosteroids (ICS).
Don't worry, you will be alright.
Hope I have solved your query.
If you are not having further queries, then please close the conversation and rate my answer.
You can ask me directly on bit.ly/askdrkaushalbhavsar.
Wish you good health. Thanks.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Suggest remedy for difficulty breathing and snoring while sleeping

Brief Answer: Get done sleep study to rule out sleep apnea. Detailed Answer: Thanks for your question on Healthcare Magic. I can understand your concern. In my opinion, we should first rule out sleep apnea in your case because you are obese, having snore and diabetic. So first of all get done sleep study to rule out sleep apnea. You should loose weight and avoid stress and tension. You may need BiPAP (Bilevel Positive Airway Pressure) machine on the basis of sleep study. Please let me know 1. Your exact height and weight 2. Do you have day time sleepiness? 3. Do you have headache? Please reply me answers of above asked questions, so that I can guide you better. I will be happy to help you further. Wish you good health. Thanks.