Sleep Apnea or just post nasal drip?

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   Posted 10/13/2011 4:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Last Christmas on vacation my husband and son discovered how bad I was snoring. They let me know by recording it! I had no idea. Then I noticed was waking up and gagging, or snorting...that would wake me up. Did a take home sleep test, showed mild apnea, so I;m on a CPAP. I can't keep it on all night, but when it is on, it helps. But I can tell now that my problem is probably not sleep apnea, but post nasal drip, because sometimes when i am laying on my back without the CPAP the noise will come out of my throat, and sometimes I can make it do it. My doctor put me on a steroid nasal spray which did nothing. I'm wondering if there could be something causing this drainage that I could stop...the doctor checked my throat and I do have drainage. Is there anything else that can be done? Anything to ask him to check? BTW, I don't have any upper sinuses, just the ones below the eyes. Thanks for any suggestions. I would love to get rid of the CPAP!
Also, I don't have congestion. I don't cough up anything or have to blow my nose...I can feel the stuff in my throat though.

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   Posted 10/14/2011 10:02 AM (GMT -6)   
I am wondering if your sleep apnea was dx through a sleep clinic ?  You may have two things going on - sleep apnea and a sinus problem.
May I suggest you see a ENT physician as his/her special skills include diagnosing and managing diseases of the sinuses.
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   Posted 10/14/2011 7:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks. I didn't go to a gp has a take home device. Last night I sprayed a lot of saline in my nose, then tried to go to sleep without the cpap. Couldn't get to sleep until I put the mask on. I know I have the drainage and my doc has seen there anything that can really help sinus drainage?

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   Posted 10/16/2011 4:13 AM (GMT -6)   
I am not sure if you are getting the correct treatment for sleep apnea. I have had a few clinic sleep studies and once they found out about what type of apneas I had they used the CPAP and had to titrate it to what pressure worked best to stop the apneas. Did you have it titrated to work best for your apneas?
I actually had mostly hypopneas and a few centrals, but only a couple full apneas. The last sleep study I had I had to come back a second night for the titration.
Do you have a humidifier attached to your CPAP? If not please try one, it really helps with the sinus issue, I had my tonsils removed and had to have my nose and sinuses fixed to before I could tolerate the CPAP. I no longer need it, but at least my sinuses are so much better than they used to be, LOL!

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   Posted 10/16/2011 8:55 AM (GMT -6)   
Yes, it has a humidifier and we have tried different pressures until we found what worked. I guess I'm mainly needing to know if sinus drainage is something that can be dealt with or it's just something you have to live with.
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