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Laryngopharyngeal Reflux (LPR) causing Sleep apnea?

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velacook +0 points · about 2 years ago Original Poster

Hi guys,

I've been a reader here since april when my issues all started.

I was wondering if anyone here has LPR? Can it cause/contribute to obstructive sleep apnea?

Now that I am a month on CPAP after my ENT said my issues were sleep apnea which showed up on a sleep test, I am beginning to think that it's all caused by LPR.

It first started because:

  1. The sensation of my throat closing when relaxing
  2. Feeling of a lot of deep pooling mucus in throat
  3. Jolting awake when partially asleep because I can feel the air popping through a blocked throat.

Sounds like sleep apnea right? However after starting my CPAP now for a month. It has eliminated the issues while going to sleep. However I am beginning to notice my throat still partially blocked with tightness during the day. It's occasional, happens 2-5 times a day especially when I am stationary e.g driving, watching TV, working on my desk, seated on a long flight, lying down for an extended period relaxing. It's relieved by walking around or having something the drink/eat. It basically feels like an asthma attack without the coughing and wheezing.

Reading up online it seems like I have half the symptoms listed on this link. https://www.fauquierent.net/lpr.htm

In addition, my CPAP report is fantastic. Pressure peaking at around 14cm after 2-3 hours in to sleep and events at 0-1 with no leaks. Averaging about 5-7 hours of usage per night. Maybe there will be 2 days a week that I see AHI events around 2.

Anyone got any ideas or experienced something similar? It's really starting to cause some stress and quality of life issues. I am looking to get a 2nd opinion soon but I want myself to have a good understanding of what could possibly be wrong as well.

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Sierra +0 points · about 2 years ago Sleep Patron

Sorry, but no experience with LPR.

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theres126 +0 points · almost 2 years ago

I was diagnosed with LPR around the same time as my sleep apnea diagnosis. Interesting........ And, yeah - I get that tight feeling in my throat too, especially when sitting still in the car riding or driving. It's such a weird sensation.....

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velacook +0 points · almost 2 years ago Original Poster

Have you found any solution to help ? It makes sense though LPR = throat inflammation = sleep apnea issues.

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S2S +0 points · almost 2 years ago

Velacook: See your other thread.

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