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7993104 tn?1396090856

O2 treatment at night - wheezing

While awaiting an appointment for a sleep study, my doc has me on oxygen at night. For the past few nights, when I wake up, my chest feels tight, sponge-like and I am wheezy. I feel almost like I need a nebulizer treatment. I cough for a while and my the late morning I feel better but it is concerning. Is this normal?

I would like to point out that while I snore, I didn't go to the doc complaining of any sleep issues. I feel that I sleep better w/o all that stuff on me. However my oximetry test said otherwise...
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242587 tn?1355424110
MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL
I believe it would be a mistake to attribute your symptoms to the supplemental oxygen you are using during sleep.  The combination of “chest feels tight” and “I am wheezy” suggests the diagnosis of asthma.  It is appropriate for you to have a sleep study but you should ask your doctor if you might have asthma; a condition that is often worse during the night and on awakening.

Good luck
7993104 tn?1396090856
Thank you Dr. Tinkleman for your response. Since my post, I went to see my doctor who tested me for asthma as she suspected the same. Fortunately for me, asthma was not my culprit. I live in a dry climate and using the oxygen dried me out a little too much and exacerbated my allergies. I never thought to connect the two since the oxygen was so new for me. Anyway -I am getting a 'bubbler?' to add a little moisture to the oxygen machine and am also taking Flonase. I don't have the bubble thing yet, but the symptoms have lessened a great deal since the Flonase.

Thank you again!

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