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Tongue too big for mouth?

Postby justtrish » Sat Dec 09, 2006 8:23 am

Finished with Step 2 of my journey towards the machine.

I visited an ENT who said that everything looks perfect in my Ears/Nose/Throat and that he doesn't see that my soft palate is flabby nor do I have a large uvula. What he does notice is that I have a small mouth, something my dentists has mentioned all my life, and that my tongue is too big for it and this is what probably is causing the apnea. He doesn't recommend any kind of surgery for me, not now nor in the future. Any kind of surgery to reduce the tongue would come back and bite me later when I grew older because the tongue, like any other muscle, atrophies and would reduce size on its own. Any intervention might cause problems with swallowing in my elder years.

Well, already I have more information about my condition, so the visit was certainly worth it.

So now I am wondering if I should try sleeping on my stomach and maybe my tongue won't collapse so far back? I mean this only until I get the machine of course.

Step 3 is a visit to a REAL Pulmonologist next Thursday. I'm still dumping the DO.

My two cents

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Postby nhoward14 » Sat Dec 09, 2006 12:47 pm

I ended up going 7 weeks between when I first started looking into sleep apnea to beginning my PAP treatment.
I found that no matter what position I slept in my symptoms didn't really change at all until I got my machine.
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Re: Tongue too big for mouth?

Postby hhopper » Sat Dec 09, 2006 6:33 pm

justtrish wrote:Finished with Step 2 of my journey towards the machine.

I visited an ENT who said that everything looks perfect in my Ears/Nose/Throat and that he doesn't see that my soft palate is flabby nor do I have a large uvula. What he does notice is that I have a small mouth, something my dentists has mentioned all my life, and that my tongue is too big for it and this is what probably is causing the apnea. He doesn't recommend any kind of surgery for me, not now nor in the future. Any kind of surgery to reduce the tongue would come back and bite me later when I grew older because the tongue, like any other muscle, atrophies and would reduce size on its own. Any intervention might cause problems with swallowing in my elder years.

Well, already I have more information about my condition, so the visit was certainly worth it.

So now I am wondering if I should try sleeping on my stomach and maybe my tongue won't collapse so far back? I mean this only until I get the machine of course.

Step 3 is a visit to a REAL Pulmonologist next Thursday. I'm still dumping the DO.

My two cents

Trish



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tongue too big for mouth

Postby tom zohlmann » Sun Dec 10, 2006 7:09 pm

Try it if your doctor says okay as he/she could probably evaluate that with your existing sleep study. It should indicate what position that you were sleeping in and had most of your apneas. Also there is a Apnea-Hypo or RDI index for each position and time spent sleeping in each position. This also shows Min Oxygen and maximum and average lenghth of apneas in each position. Most apneas for many occur on their backs but not everyone so the sleep study report and doctors input is essential especially if your apnea is severe or on the upper moderate scale.
Again make sure you consult with your doctor.
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