CPAP- Continuous Positive Airway Pressure
I have sleep apnea, which means that several times a night I stop breathing. Lots of people have it, but don't know. The primary cause is when the soft area at the back of your throat collapses when you sleep. Most people have to be told there is a problem, because the symptoms are snoring, coughing in sleep, not breathing for a while, then choking, weariness during the day, etc...it's far reaching. I was a horrible snorer even as a child, and the doctor thinks that is why I have a heart arrythmia now. Too many years of not enough oxygen takes it's toll.
Funny thing is...I went to visit my sister this weekend, and didn't take my CPAP...I slept in a recliner, so my head was up. But boy oh boy, my GERD is HORRIBLE today!!! And I have been feeling great. I didn't eat or drink anything bad. I'm going to talk to both my neurologist, and the GI doc about this.