My dad (81 yrs) has a very similar problem. He has had Parkinson's for about 23 years and also has dementia associated with it. Since March he has been waking up an hour or so after he goes to sleep breathing with great difficulty, coughing, (sometimes violently) and it sounds like he is gurgling every time he breathes. It makes him shake even more than usual and he has a very hard time returning to sleep. He lives with me and my husband and none of us are getting any sleep. His neurologist hypothesized he was losing his ability to protect his airway when he was falling asleep, but he sleeps fine during the day... He also prescribed Amytriptiline to help dry up his saliva at night but it has not helped at all. Often if I can get his shaking settled down with a little extra sinemet, or make sure he's not in pain (Tylenol) he gets back to sleep and sleeps through the night. He has also been complaining of headaches almost every day and night... I suspect he is having sinus problems and maybe the drainage in the back of his throat at night is causing this? He just saw an ENT who has ordered a CT scan of his sinuses. It is really nerve wracking and it happens EVERY night.View Thread
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