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    Question Dry Throat at night while I sleep

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    One night I was awoken because I felt like I had shortness of breath. It feels like my throat dries up at night and I think that's what's causing me to feel the shortness of breath. Ive gone to the doctor and was told that im ok. But I'm still having this dryness in my throat and feel like when I'm to about to fall asleep I sometimes wake up gasping for air.
    I drink plenty of water so I don't think thats the problem. Could this be sleep apnea or anything else?
    C-5, 6 SCI. Took about 6 months to walk. Walking full time. Without any assistance since Nov. 2003 and will make a full recovery

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    Try using a humidifier in your bedroom. Winter months in Illinois are incredibly dry, and the heat used to stay warm makes this worse. It is very common to have the problem that you are having now in this setting.

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    but i nvr had this before
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    Quote Originally Posted by mj23 View Post
    I don't know if this post should go here...
    One night I was awoken because I felt like I had shortness of breath. It feels like my throat dries up at night and I think that's what's causing me to feel the shortness of breath. Ive gone to the doctor and was told that im ok. But I'm still having this dryness in my throat and feel like when I'm to about to fall asleep I sometimes wake up gasping for air.
    I drink plenty of water so I don't think thats the problem. Could this be sleep apnea or anything else?
    Sounds like to me that it could be sleep apnea if you wake yourself up gasping for air. It you do in fact have sleep apnea it is nothing to fool around with. I don't mean to scare you but it could cause you to have a heart attack, a stroke, affect your blood pressure. Sleep apnea is nothing to fool around with. Sounds like you should ask to be sent for a sleep study. If your present doctor is not to familiar with sleep apnea seek out a sleep specialist who will listen to you and schedule you for an over night sleep study either in your home with a portable unit or in an over night sleep lab. Sleep apnea is common in the SCI population. Perhaps you need to need to be on nocturnal ventilation with a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) it blows air into your airway under constant pressure to keep your airway open in your sleep. It acts like a splint in the airway to keep it from closing off in your sleep. If you sleep flat try elevating your head several inches when in bed sleeping. If you can't tolerate CPAP there is also the BI-PAP machine & it cycles the air on & off in your airway allowing you to exhale & at the same time keeping your airway open so it doesn't close off in your sleep. Either machine you will wear a mask over your face with a head strap to hold it on your face so it doesn't fall off. There will be a hose that is attached to the bottom of the mask from the machine or there is also nasal pillows that are at the bottom of your nose & the hose goes up over your head & they are also attached to a head strap to hold the nasal pillows in place. When I was on BI-PAP before having sleep apnea surgery I preferred the nasal pillows to the face mask.
    I was trached 2/98 during the sleep apnea surgery then 12/98 is when I was switched from the BI-PAP unit to a ventilator that I still only use it for sleep. Even though the trache has altered my life some what because I can't swim anymore believe it or not I prefer it over having a mask sitting on my face all night or nasal pillows up my nose. I sleep well on the ventilator & also helps me to feel better the next day after using the ventilator the night before.

    I wish you the best in your endeavor to solve your dry throat problem.
    Please keep us posted here on how your making out.

    Take Care!

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    Are you able to raise the head of your bed up a little? This might also help with breathing at night.
    Another thing you can try before you go to bed is one of those dry mouth toothpastes and mouthwashes. I use this mouthwash called Biotene every night that is just for dry mouth (Ditropan is notorious for dry mouth and throat), and it helps quite a bit.

    If none of this helps, I would seek a second opinion and possibly get a sleep study done to test for sleep apena.

    Jessie
    (spastic paraparesis and L-4 SCI)

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    MJ- this exact same things has been happening to me for about 3 weeks now. My mouth is so dry, I just thought it was because I have been really super tired lately and when I'm really tired I snore, with my mouth wide open. lol

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    Could it be Narcotic meds Opioids give side effect of cotton mouth?
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    I don't snore at night so my doc doesnt think it's sleep apnea
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    i dont wake up gasping for air all the time.

    Quote Originally Posted by RAFS View Post
    Sounds like to me that it could be sleep apnea if you wake yourself up gasping for air. It you do in fact have sleep apnea it is nothing to fool around with. I don't mean to scare you but it could cause you to have a heart attack, a stroke, affect your blood pressure. Sleep apnea is nothing to fool around with. Sounds like you should ask to be sent for a sleep study. If your present doctor is not to familiar with sleep apnea seek out a sleep specialist who will listen to you and schedule you for an over night sleep study either in your home with a portable unit or in an over night sleep lab. Sleep apnea is common in the SCI population. Perhaps you need to need to be on nocturnal ventilation with a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) it blows air into your airway under constant pressure to keep your airway open in your sleep. It acts like a splint in the airway to keep it from closing off in your sleep. If you sleep flat try elevating your head several inches when in bed sleeping. If you can't tolerate CPAP there is also the BI-PAP machine & it cycles the air on & off in your airway allowing you to exhale & at the same time keeping your airway open so it doesn't close off in your sleep. Either machine you will wear a mask over your face with a head strap to hold it on your face so it doesn't fall off. There will be a hose that is attached to the bottom of the mask from the machine or there is also nasal pillows that are at the bottom of your nose & the hose goes up over your head & they are also attached to a head strap to hold the nasal pillows in place. When I was on BI-PAP before having sleep apnea surgery I preferred the nasal pillows to the face mask.
    I was trached 2/98 during the sleep apnea surgery then 12/98 is when I was switched from the BI-PAP unit to a ventilator that I still only use it for sleep. Even though the trache has altered my life some what because I can't swim anymore believe it or not I prefer it over having a mask sitting on my face all night or nasal pillows up my nose. I sleep well on the ventilator & also helps me to feel better the next day after using the ventilator the night before.

    I wish you the best in your endeavor to solve your dry throat problem.
    Please keep us posted here on how your making out.

    Take Care!
    C-5, 6 SCI. Took about 6 months to walk. Walking full time. Without any assistance since Nov. 2003 and will make a full recovery

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    Are you a mouth breather?
    Daniel

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