My husband with Alzheimer’s has started getting nighttime diaphragm spasms. Like hiccups, only not as frequent…meaning he’ll spasm every 15-20 minutes. Seems like regular hiccups come every 3-4 minutes or so.
So these spasms keep him and me awake. We try sitting up a bit, walking around, patting on the back, small sips of water, OTC gas medicine and OTC digestive medicine, massaging the diaphragm area. It seems the only thing is time. That makes it difficult to get a good nights rest. With his Alzheimer’s, he is real bad the next day (as am I), we both are walking zombies.
To add to the situation, my husband is very overly dramatic, saying it “hurts so bad”, and then in the next minute he says he’s ok. For example, l ask if he’s better sitting, standing or lying down and he can’t tell me. I try to determine what exactly he’s feeling, but it’s impossible to get a straight answer from him with his dementia.
I've read that these spasms can happen with neurological disorders, such as dementia. Any experience with this? Anything work to alleviate?