nextwhat wrote:Hi everyone, first post. I was diagnosed with OSA a few years ago, tried CPAP but just couldn't adjust to it. Over the last year my symptoms have become worse, including acid reflux which I fear is beginning to wear on my teeth.
One thing I've never tried to see how much of a difference it makes is losing weight. I'm currently 6 ft and 210 pounds, not crazy overweight, but my BMI test came out at 30, which is the border of obese. I don't exercise much, and have a lot of fast food in my diet.
Before I try CPAP again, I'm wondering if anyone had any significant improvement by losing weight.
I have run across three people who tell me they got rid of OSA by loosing weight. It works, at least temporarily, for some people. The truth about diet and exercise is that 5% of the people maintain a 5% loss of weight over a period of five years (see: http://www.uwtv.org/video/player.aspx?m ... 1586900940
and 2 and 3). Since your untreated OSA makes you hungry while also knocking the stuffings out of your energy levels and reduces your abilities to focus, I think your chances of controlling OSA by weight alone are slim.
I have found that the acid reflux problem can be helped by raising the head of your bed a few inches. Concrete bricks or blocks are cheap at any home building supply store.
It may also help to do some positional therapy. Try sleeping on your sides and tilting your head back (as if you were looking up) and letting your lower jaw move down and a bit forward while pressing your tongue to and a bit through your now open teeth. If I had to go without xPAP I would do all of this, probably making a soft collar and perhaps obtaining a dental device. I think the raising of the head of the bed not only reduces reflux but also tends to make less fluid in the airway tissues due to most of the fluid wanting to go to the lower feet.
But hey, if fear of OSA actually motivates you to exercise and loose weight, well, go for it! Even if you fail it will do you some good.
OSA is death by a million tiny cuts (apneas, hypotneas, RERAs, complicated by complications). The sooner you end the cuts, the better off you will be. I too encourage to to get to the doctor and resume CPAP.
May we both win the battle of the bulge!