Luvsoccer wrote:Greetings. I was diagnosed with moderate sleep apnea about 6 months ago and have been using a CPAP device for most of the past 6 months. On the positive side, the quality of my sleep is noticeably better when using the machine. On the negative side, my GERD (acid reflux) has gotten significantly worse during the same time period and I now suspect that the CPAP use is one of the principal causes. Over the past week I slept a couple of nights without the CPAP and noticed that my reflux started to improve. I then started in again on the CPAP and the reflux is much worse again.
After doing some online research I saw reference to a small study done a few years ago that indicated CPAP use actually improved GERD so I am scratching my head. Other than acid reducers, about the only other medication I have been on during this time period has been Flomax. I stopped taking Flomax a week ago, thinking that might be the contributing factor, but now it appears that it is the machine. I go back to see the sleep specialist in a week and my ENT in a few days.
My question: have others experienced similar results, where GERD gets worse with machine use? I was scheduled for turbinate reduction surgery in two weeks but will likely now put it off so I can first find root cause for the increased GERD. If I can no longer use the machine I will have to try something else. My ENT has indicated he can do some throat work while performing the turbinate reduction. I had previously ruled that option out but now that I am having this CPAP/GERD issue I wonder if I should reconsider. The GERD gets pretty bad after using CPAP, including esophageal spasms, pain in sternum, acid throat, acid in sinuses, etc. It is not a pretty picture.
Thanks in advance for any info on similar experiences, or suggestions on how to find root cause so I can determine the appropriate remedy.
Thanks for the information. What I find particularly troubling is that while I have had GERD in the past, I had cured myself of it about 18 months ago when I learned that it was caused by lactose intolerance. I used to use PPI meds for years but once I figured out it was lactose intolerance, the GERD was completely eliminated by avoiding dairy products. I also was able to completely stop taking PPI meds.
Having it come back by using CPAP (and be much worse than it ever was due to diet) is disheartening to say the least. I fear that I will no longer be able to use the breathing machine and must now look for other remedies such as oral appliance or even surgery.
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