Sleep Apthena/CPAP and Heatburn Relief

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outatime30
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   Posted 3/2/2007 12:44 AM (GMT -6)   
I have had reoccuring heartburn since I was a child. Thought the cause was allergies and took shots. Tried jsut about every little and big pill out there. Got hooked on Tums and caused a calcium overload that lead to chronic kidney stones.
 
After a serious bout with a severe respriatory problem, I was diagnosed with sleep apthnea and started on a CPAP machine. The first day on the machine I was heartburn free. I still get heartburn from over eating or eating the wrong thing, or eating before I go to bed, but I think this is normal for everybody. The almost everyday heartburn is gone.
 
When I questioned my internist about this, he thought that there was no correlation. When I talked to the sleep thearapy doctor he said that he had heard that a few times and that it has to do with positive pressure on the diaphram. The next time I saw my internist, he mentioned that he did some research on the subject and that CPAP seems to have a positive effect for a number of GERD sufferers.
 
I do have Barrats syndrome, but with the relief from the CPAP machine I feel like I am reducing my risk and I feel sooooo much better.

boop97006
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   Posted 3/2/2007 9:55 AM (GMT -6)   

that is interesting.  I use a C-PAP also.  I recently saw a new sleep specialist, and he said that the reflux definately bothers many sleep apnea people.  (you know one of the questions they always ask is about waking up coughing/choking in the middle of the night)

I've been using my CPAP faithfully this last month (my boyfriend complained about my snoring!!)  and realize that I DO feel better.  Wow,  I have a lot to think about here.


Lonibel
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   Posted 3/2/2007 10:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Sorry - but what's a CPAP machine?

boop97006
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   Posted 3/5/2007 1:14 PM (GMT -6)   

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. 

 


Lonibel
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   Posted 3/5/2007 9:07 PM (GMT -6)   
Boop,

I, too have noticed that when I sleep up on pillows (in addition to my wedge between mattress and box spring and the 6 inch blocks) my GERD is terrible. Do you normally sleep elevated?

boop97006
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   Posted 3/6/2007 1:55 PM (GMT -6)   

I know I'm supposed to,  but I'm always miserable when I do.  I have a wedge under the mattress that takes me up about 4 inches, and that is all I can stand.

I always thought that being up in a recliner chair position would make you feel better...but I'm STILL paying for that!

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