GERD and sleep problems

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Date Joined Jun 2006
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   Posted 6/5/2006 9:37 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello all, new to this board.

I have a question that I'd like to pose to the board. I was diagnosed with a hiatal hernia and GERD a few years back. My chief complaints were hoarseness, tightness in the chest (chest often feels like a couple of bricks are on top if my sternum). I rarely feel the acid regurgitating but when I'm not in the meds, it will reflux up to my larynx.

One of the things I noticed was that I had problems with sleep. I wake up in the mornings tired and exhausted like I've not slept at all. This has exacerbated cognitive function because during the day, i am too tired to think when I'm at work. After I was diagnosed with GERD and the doctor put me on Prevacid, I noticed that I started waking up in the morning refreshed and ready for the day. For a while I thought I had sleep apnea but I had the pulsometer tests (or whatever they call it) that indicated I did not have sleep apnea.

I've not seen a lot of information that ties unrefreshing sleep with GERD but I am convinced in my case that it is happening. WHen I am on the meds and the meds are working okay, I get better sleep. WHen the meds start to wane in effectiveness, my sleep worsens as well.

Does anyone know of a link between unrefreshing sleep and GERD?

Interestingly enough, back in the fall, my chest pain was so severe that I was sent to the hospital for a possible heart attack. They did a stress test and everything came back normal. The hospital did mention that my oxygen level did drop during the night I stayed in the hospital. Does the acid refluxing do something to the pulmonary system that causes the oxygen levels to drop?

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Date Joined Feb 2006
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   Posted 6/6/2006 3:39 PM (GMT -6)   
Back in December, I went to the hospital because of my chest pain. I had and echo, stress test, ekg and blood test over the next few months. All came back fine. My doctor decided to send me to a sleep clinic. I stopped breathing an average of 20 times an hour. My oxygen level sometimes dropped to 85%. Now I use what is called a CPAP machine for sleep apnea. My symptoms of GERD cleared up after I finally could us the thing. I was having trouble with the mask and couldn't use the machine for about 3-4 days. I noticed a difference almost right away. My GERD flarred back up and I was really having a hard time sleeping.

At first I didn't believe I could have sleep apnea. But it does make the gerd worse. I think the GERD makes your throat close when it gets dry or something. Then the oxygen levels drop and your brain wakes you up to say your not breathing.

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