I am wondering if anyone is taking anything to help them sleep at night. My dad was having a great deal of trouble sleeping. He says that his mind is racing all night long. The doctor prescribed a sleeping pill for him. As soon as he began taking it he became very agitated and wasn't able to sleep at all. The doctor then changed him to a different pill. He didn't become agitated with this one but he still can't sleep. Do any of you take some sort of medication or natural aid to help with sleep? I can't tell you off hand the names of the drugs they tried just that they were starting him on low doses.
My dad has also started coughing an awful lot. He never seems to be able to clear his throat. I saw mention here about some type of suction device. Does anyone know anything about this? He had a breathing test done about 6 weeks ago and was told he was doing ok. They let him know though that a bipap machine would eventually be needed. Could all of his coughing be helped by a bipap?
It has been 14 months since he was diagnosed with ALS. He has gone from slurred speech (at that time) to no speech. From being totally active to using a walker - which is becoming increasingly difficult for him as his legs constantly give out on him and one arm is virtually useless and the other is deteriorating daily. He has a feeding tube and about the only thing that he takes orally are his meds with a bit of yogourt.
If anyone has any suggestions or can offer any ideas they would be more than welcome. This is so frustrating to deal with as it seems that once you get over one hurdle another one is blocking the path.
By the looks of it (with 30 users on line at 5am atlantic time) lots of people are having trouble sleeping. Thanks in advance for any help you can offer.