Using CPAP for sleep apnea after fundoplication surgery

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droberts
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   Posted 3/27/2014 9:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi All,
 
I posted a question on the forum earlier and I have another one which will perhaps be related to only a few people that have had the fundoplication surgery.
 
I suffer from sleep apnea and want to get back on CPAP ASAP.  It has been 5 weeks since my fundoplication surgery and have stayed off CPAP for this whole time as I do not want to jeopardise my healing and recovery.
 
Any thoughts?  It is probably useful to inform you that I had a number of issues with CPAP pre operation, mainly a feeling of tightness in the neck/throat area after prolonged use.  I am pretty confident this was related to my LPR symptoms, but time will tell I guess.
 
Any feedback will be greatly appreciated.

Gondore
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   Posted 3/28/2014 7:28 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm afraid I can't really help answer your question. If you don't mind me asking what were you symptoms before surgery? I to experience a form of apnea but it only occurs when my reflux is very bad. My personal belief is that it's caused by irritation of the vagus nerve (as this nerve controls breathing).

Sleepyb
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   Posted 3/28/2014 9:46 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Droberts,
I have severe OSA, and they had my machine on me when I woke up in the recovery room. I couldn't imagine going a night without it. Surgeon was fine with my using it. That said, it is pressure and pressure will go everywhere. You will have more gas in the morning, but it won't hurt the wrap. A great site with help for Cpap use is cpaptalk.com. They helped me get things working well years ago.

droberts
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   Posted 3/28/2014 9:46 AM (GMT -6)   
My symptoms with CPAP pre operation were as follows:

I started using CPAP in 2006 after being diagnosed with moderate sleep apnea. CPAP was effective in providing me with a refreshing sleep but I would start to get a feeling of tightness in my throat after using it for several weeks. I would go off CPAP until that sensation had subsided and then start using it again.

This went on for years without very getting to the bottom of the issue. I had scans on my throat and nose but did not find anything to be problematic.

I did notice that if I used CPAP after having a few alcoholic drinks, the throat tightness would worsen.

I am pretty convinced that these issues were related to reflux but I guess I am going to find out if this is the case in the near future following what hopefully has been successful fundoplication surgery.

Sleepyb
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   Posted 3/28/2014 1:55 PM (GMT -6)   
you could be having mouth leaks. Those do get worse after alcohol. It could also be humidity settings, or reflux. I had a similar issue with my throat and it did go away after NF. If the problem does return, the site I mentioned before has some very knowledgeable helpful folks on it. It is similar to this site but for Apnea related issues.

Sleepyb
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   Posted 3/28/2014 7:30 PM (GMT -6)   
There is now mouth guards for people with mild to moderate OSA that may be an idea if you can't get Cpap therapy working properly
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