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Old 01-28-2014, 05:27 AM
 
Location: An Island with a View
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I've been suffering from a serious sleep disorder for close to 11 years now. It is a complicated illness as it has various strange but dreadful symptoms, some painful while others torturous.

One of them is a sleep apnea-liked symptom and it happens sporadically. It attacked me AGAIN last night. I was woken up to a series of rude and horrible suffocation. My jaw was opened, my throat was shut and dry and I couldn't breath. There was a swelling in my throat that lasted for quite some time. It felt like something got stuck in throat which I couldn't get out. It was really terrible.

What is your experience like with sleep apnea? Did you experience the same thing as I did? How similar or different was it? Please share. I'd like to know exactly what I was experiencing and how it happened.

Thanks,
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Old 01-28-2014, 05:54 AM
 
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I am pretty sure I am...I have an appointment this weekend with a specialist. I have a deviated septum and I am convinced that is causing issues and waking me up at night when my nose gets clogged.
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Old 01-28-2014, 11:32 PM
 
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I have sleep aea and sleep with a CPAP machine every night. Do you put distilled water in yours? My first thought when you mentioned these episodes you have is acid reflux. With acid reflux you are sound asleep and wake up suddenly chocking and trying to breath and then cough a lot, sometimes your throat will feel raw from the acid. If you think this is it you might want to talk to your doctor. He might want to put you on something like Nexium. Way to keep from having acid reflux are:


1.Prevent heartburn by limiting acidic foods, such as grapefruit, oranges, tomatoes, or vinegar.
2.Spicy foods giving you heartburn? Cut back on pepper or chilies.
3.Don't lie down for two to three hours after you eat. When you are sitting up, gravity helps drain food and stomach acid into your stomach.
4.Enjoy lean meats and nonfatty foods. Greasy foods (like French fries and cheeseburgers) can trigger heartburn.
5.Want to avoid GERD symptom triggers? You may want to cut back on chocolate, mint, citrus, tomatoes, pepper, vinegar, catsup, and mustard.
6.Avoid drinks that can trigger reflux, such as alcohol, drinks with caffeine, and carbonated drinks.
7.Size matters: Eat smaller meals and you may avoid triggering GERD symptoms.
8.Enjoy an after-work drink? You may want to turn to teetotaling: Alcohol can relax the esophageal sphincter, worsening GERD.
9.Crazy about colas? It may be time to cut back. Colas can be related to reflux and to GERD symptoms.
10.Keep heartburn at bay: Don't eat too quickly! Try putting your fork down between bites.
11.Avoid snacking at bedtime. Eating close to bedtime can trigger heartburn symptoms.
12.Reduce your nighttime heartburn risk: Eat meals two to three hours before sleep.


16 Lifestyle Tips for Nighttime Heartburn Relief
1.Steer clear of tight clothes. Tight belts, waistbands, and pantyhose can press on your stomach, triggering heartburn.
2.Strive for a less stressful life. Stress may increase stomach acids, boosting heartburn symptoms.
3.Heavy? Try losing weight. The pressure of excess weight increases the chance stomach acid will backup into the esophagus.
4.Popping antacids more than once a week? You may have GERD, not heartburn, and need more aggressive treatment.
5.Try chewing gum at night. This can boost the production of saliva, which neutralizes stomach acid.
6.Not all "trigger" foods cause GERD symptoms in everyone. Keep track of your symptoms to find your personal triggers.
7.Pregnant? You may experience heartburn or GERD. Talk to your doctor about finding relief.
8.Heartburn worse after exercise? Drink plenty of water. It helps with hydration and digestion.
9.Untreated GERD can radically increase your risk of esophageal cancer. But reflux can be managed. Talk with your doctor.
10.Try keeping a diary or heartburn log to keep track of activities that might trigger incidents.
11.A full tummy can mean a night full of heartburn pain. Wait at least 2-3 hours after you eat before going to bed.
12.Wait for your workout. Don't want to trigger heartburn? Wait at least two hours after a meal before exercising.
13.Nicotine can cause your esophageal sphincter to relax. If you smoke, kick the habit.
14.Some medicines can worsen reflux. Talk with your doctor about alternatives.
15.Use blocks or bricks under the bedpost to raise the head of your bed 6 inches so you can sleep with head and chest elevated. You can also try a wedge pillow.
16.Bend with your knees. Bending over at the waist tends to increase reflux symptoms.
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Old 01-29-2014, 05:37 AM
 
Location: An Island with a View
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I am pretty sure I am...I have an appointment this weekend with a specialist. I have a deviated septum and I am convinced that is causing issues and waking me up at night when my nose gets clogged.
Anything happened in your throat or just your nose?
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Old 01-29-2014, 05:40 AM
 
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Thanks brokencrayola for the info and suggestions. They're excellent.
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Old 01-29-2014, 08:17 AM
 
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Anything happened in your throat or just your nose?
Everything gets backup so I am not sure to be honest. I have an appointment this weekend!
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Old 01-30-2014, 05:33 AM
 
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Good luck. Hope you get it fixed soon. It is such a torture not being able to have normal sleep.
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Old 01-30-2014, 11:00 AM
 
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I've been suffering from a serious sleep disorder for close to 11 years now. It is a complicated illness as it has various strange but dreadful symptoms, some painful while others torturous.

One of them is a sleep apnea-liked symptom and it happens sporadically. It attacked me AGAIN last night. I was woken up to a series of rude and horrible suffocation. My jaw was opened, my throat was shut and dry and I couldn't breath. There was a swelling in my throat that lasted for quite some time. It felt like something got stuck in throat which I couldn't get out. It was really terrible.

What is your experience like with sleep apnea? Did you experience the same thing as I did? How similar or different was it? Please share. I'd like to know exactly what I was experiencing and how it happened.

Thanks,
I'm a Respiratory Therapist that works in a sleep lab as a polysomnographic or sleep technician. I read your other thread regarding your sleep disorder. I highly recommend that you obtain a referral from your Primary Care Physician for a sleep study. A treatment plan could be established after your sleep study.

From your symptoms, it would indicate possible obstructive sleep apnea. The swelling sensation in your throat sounds like possible allergy. I'm only taking an educated guess here, but a sleep study definitely indicated.

If you have any questions on what happens during a sleep study, please free to ask. (It might take some time for me to answer, especially if I'm on a work schedule.)
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Old 02-01-2014, 05:28 AM
 
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Thanks EB for your concern and info. I will surely DM you for further query regarding my disorder if you don't mind. Thanks again.
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Old 02-01-2014, 11:58 AM
 
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I found sleep nirvana when I got a CPAP machine. I never knew people could feel so refreshed when they awaken! I was always draggy, needed 2-3 diet colas to get going, needed an afternoon nap, fell asleep at the wheel a few times after work, etc. Now I wake up ready to go. My last test revealed restless leg syndrome, so now I take something for that before bedtime and am fine again.
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