Hello and hope you are doing well.
Have you been tested for Asthma? This can be triggered by allergens and cause chest constriction. This can be detected by spirometry.
Your symptoms could also be due to Obstructive sleep apnea, though this does not occur in daytime nor is this triggered by allergens. In Obstructive Sleep Apnea, when a person sleeps the airways are usually patent allowing normal passage for air entry. The upper airway that is at the region of the tongue and the soft palate is the most compliant (soft) part. So, this is liable to collapse and cause airway obstruction. Now why does this obstruction happen in some people? 1. In overweight people the circumferential diameter becomes smaller. 2. Anatomical factors (structure) like enlarged tonsils, volume of the tongue, lengthy soft palate or abnormal positioning of the maxilla and mandible can further narrow the lumen 3. Some people are prone for decreased neuromuscular activity to the upper airway muscles during sleep and this reduces the tone of the muscles leading to further collapse of the airway. As the airway collapses the lungs do not have air entry leading to deoxygenation (decreased oxygen) of blood and the person wakes up. This period of non entry of air is called ‘Apnea’ and the waking up is called an ‘Arousal’. This keeps alternating and the person may not actually wake up all the time, but these repeated arousals can disturb the sleep architecture and cause fatigue, headaches and daytime sleepiness.
So, to determine the cause of your symptoms, have a spirometry and sleep study done. Also, maintain a diary and note down your symptoms, this will help to identify allergens and narrow down the search.
Hope this helped and do keep us posted.
Dr. Anitha gives excellent advice. Also, have any of your doctors done a thyroid check during any of your exams just to rule out any type of nodules presenting with breathing problems at night? Just an off the wall thought.
A lot of dairy causes excess mucus in your throat. I would make a doctor's appointment asap and discuss what you are experiencing with your family doctor. I have asthma. I also have limited my intake of dairy. See what
your doctor says. Your idea to eat eggs in the morning until you can get
to see your doctor is a good one. You could try either eliminating all dairy
products from your diet and see if your throat issue improves. Hope you
have found my comments helpful.
This does indeed sound like an allergy. Here is what it would commonly be:
the immune system creates an inappropriate response
on either: esophagus, tonsils, uvual, digestive system and sometimes
brain (very very rare) to stop from lactose and dairies from being consumed.
The immune system reacts to the external non-harmful material known as dander or dandruff of animals. It can cause an asthmatic symptom which can be directed to the lung (especially the bronchi), the throat or sometimes the uvula. Or it can be the disorder itself known as Asthma. The throat cannot inhale some substances, developing inflammation because of: smoke, fog or smog, misc.