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My father started making involuntary loud sighing noises about

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My father started making involuntary loud sighing noises about 6 weeks ago.
This was a couple of weeks after a fall and as he takes numerous drugs for heart disease the doctors varied the doses, but i do not believe he is on any different drugs.
He says there is no pain. it is worse at night, to the extent that often he only gets a couple of hours sleep. and its also worse after drinking water.

Thanks
Dave
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Doctor Chip replied 4 years ago.

Can you describe what you mean by sighing? What happens when he drinks water?

Customer: replied 4 years ago.

the sound is a combination of an 'arrghh' and a sigh. it can be very loud.

when he drinks water he is more likey to make the sound.

Expert:  Doctor Chip replied 4 years ago.
Does it seem like he's choking?
Customer: replied 4 years ago.
no
Expert:  Doctor Chip replied 4 years ago.
Is it more like shortness of breath?
Customer: replied 4 years ago.

not really. although his breathing is a little shallow.

he had a whole host of cardiac tests last time he was in hospital (2 weeks ago), and they all indicated his heart was relatively fine.

Expert:  Doctor Chip replied 4 years ago.
Does it seem as though something gets stuck in his throat?
Customer: replied 4 years ago.
no.
Expert:  Doctor Chip replied 4 years ago.
OK. I'm having a hard time understanding what he does. He just seems to take an unusually deep breath?
Customer: replied 4 years ago.
he makes a loud 'arrghhh' sound sometimes softer more like a loud sigh.
Expert:  Doctor Chip replied 4 years ago.
OK. Does he suffer from tremors or stiffness in his limbs? How's his walking?
Customer: replied 4 years ago.

since the fall his walking has been very limited. he is quite weak as he had a couple of weaks of vomiting and dizziness. but that has passed, but he hasn't really got back to eating normally.

Expert:  Doctor Chip replied 4 years ago.
OK. Sorry for all the questions. This could either be from Parkinson's disease or a variant of it known as Multiple System Atrophy, both of which can be treated with levodopa or other Parkinson's medications. If he hasn't been evaluated by a neurologist, that would be the next step.
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