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Complex Apnea - Bipap ST causes excessive air in stomach

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Complex Apnea - Bipap ST causes excessive air in stomach

Postby John Klinzing » Sat Oct 17, 2009 10:10 am

I am a 55 year old male in pretty good phisical condition, but after about 25 years of "Tossing and Turning" in bed I finally went and did a sleep study this past spring. I was diagnosed with Complex Sleep Apnea - In fact needed to go through 2 sleep studies and was put on a BiPap ST device. The original settings had too high of pressure settings along with too many repetitions that created too much air in my stomach which utilimately woke me up after about 1 1/2 hours. Needed to remove device. Have since gone back to the Dr and had it set down 2 more times. Currently at 16 / 14 / 7. Although it is getting better, I still get air in my stomach which wakes me up. The most I have been able to keep it on is about 4 hours. I have a deviated Sceptum which I us Breathright Strips on which helps to breath through my nose. I did not have the Breathright Strips on during the sleep studies. Although I think I am able to at least get some better sleep but I still think the air in the stomach is a problem that needs to be resolved. Is the VPAP device better suited for this condition. The Dr originally thought I would need to be on the VPAP after the 1st sleep study but before he put me on the device he ordered the 2nd sleep study to be performed. He then subscribed the BiPap ST device. I do a lot of driving for work and I find myself sometimes going into a "Daydream Transe" when deep in thought and I stop breathing for a moment during those episodes. It has gotten better since the BiPap ST therapy but I feel there still is a long ways to go. I have work associates who are on CPAP and BiPap who are totally satisfied. Is Complex Sleep Apnea that much more of a difficult item to treat?
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Postby williamg » Sun Oct 18, 2009 9:47 am


I don't have the expertise to address all your concerns, but from my experience, there are no one-size-fits-all solutions in this business. You have to address each issue separately.

I too have had problems with air in the stomach. For example, I just got a new cpap machine recently. The old one had been wearing out since last summer. I think the bearings were bad, and it was not putting out the pressure it was supposed to. The new machine was set to the old settings exactly, but it was obvious that the pressure was higher than what I was used to. For the first three or four days I struggled with the painful bloating and gas. Gradually you do get used to the machine, and your body "learns" not to swallow the air.

Gas-ex and such are good after the fact, but do nothing to help with the sleep you've already lost. I use a chinstrap that I have to keep re-adjusting it, but it seems to help me.

Hang in there.
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