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Midnightgasp

Midnightgasp
Joined Jul 2020
Midnightgasp
Joined Jul 2020

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Hi everyone. I'm new here and new to the world of sleep apnea.

For some time now, I've been suffering from GERD and or irritation of the stomach lining, and once in a blue moon I would experience sleep apnea, more often than not if taking a nap after lunch.

About 2 weeks ago I started suffering from pretty bad bloating, and now as of a week ago, every night has become an absolute nightmare of waking up suffocating anywhere from every 10 to 30 minutes. This has been made even worse a couple of times by the apnea being coupled with sleep paralysis. Scary stuff.

The questions I have for you are.

  1. Have any of you experienced stomach irritation causing apnea? I seem to understand there is a relation between reflux, the vagus nerve and the upper airways, so I'm trying to understand where this comes from.

  2. I can't quite understand if this is obstructive or central apnea or both. Any help in figuring it out?

  3. A couple of weeks from now I have a fibroscopy scheduled, which included general anesthesia. I've had the procedure done before without issue, but the though of having apnea while unconscious sounds rather dangerous.

  4. Lastly, I bought an OTC dental artifact to push the jaw forward and although I can feel it opening the airway, level 1 is not enough, but the pain of using the thing seems like medieval torture. Wearing it, I either wake up suffocating or in pain. Any tips for dealing with this?

Thanks so much, and it's good to know I'm not alone with this. It is scary, unsettling stuff.

PS I am a healthy, not over-weight 40 year old male who did have an tonsilectomy when young.