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58 thoughts on “5 Ways Sleep Apnea Can Cause Gastrointestinal Problems”
I have been diagnosed with acid reflux and sleep Apnea. I have reached a point of severely increasing suffering.
Been treated for 2 months now. I have had chronic IBS -D and GERD for years. But almost immediately I got stomach bloating, pains in my gut, lots and lots of gas and horrible constipation which is worse than the chronic diarrhea. My episodes are almost gone and I am sleeping and feeling less tired. But I fixed one thing and the other feels worse.
I started cpap in April with aérophagia that had me doubled over in the morning the first week. They turned pressure way down and I became used to sleeping with it. I am not overweight and otherwise healthy 55-yr old. In September, had gall bladder symptoms for first time. Not diagnosed until late November (drs not available) with complete obstruction of gall bladder. Had it removed Dec. 12. No gall stones. Tried using cpap 3 weeks later, and experienced much pain at gall bladder site. Cannot reach GI dr and sleep Dr not available until late Feb. Can the cpap affect organs?!?
I wake up with abdominal pain and nausea which gets gradually better throughout the day. An upper endoscopy found no scarring indicative of GERD, and proton pump inhibitors and acid reducers have never been effective (nor have I ever tasted acid in my mouth after belching or when waking up).
I think OSA is causing blood flow changes to my stomach, or is turning my stomach literally inside out. I cannot tolerate a CPAP, BiPAP or hypoglossal nerve stimulator implant.
Sometimes I wake up exhausted and with severe chest pain, sweats, and my blood oxygen level is lower (93 instead of 98%), and my blood pressure higher (160/100). I was diagnosed with severe OSA in two sleep studies. All other causes (cardiac, pulmonary, gastrointestinal) have been ruled out. I don’t smoke. I am not overweight (BMI is 22.5) but I am too exhausted to exercise or even do normal household chores. I also have a lot of absenteeism at work. This all started around 15 years ago. I’m 53 now.
My blood pressure is through the roof I have a bloated belly like a beer belly. I don’t even drink anymore, I literally can’t do everything anymore! Drinking cancels out my blood pressure medication and it definitely doesn’t help with the bloating either. I no longer can numb myself, can’t even do that now. For the first time ever I have neurological issues apparently. I’ve never had problems with my mental health before. I was 1 those people just thought tough it out. I’ve tried several different things. I don’t know if surgery will help me. I’m at my wits end when it comes to this. I have a family now. If i didn’t have a family, I would be dead. I do not want to be here. I’m not smart, I work construction. It feels impossible to wake up in the morning. If I don’t find some sort of solution to my health. I’m probably not going to be here for a long time. My kid is still a newborn. He wouldn’t remember me
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