Swallowing Air?/ Stomach and Intestinal Problems.

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Swallowing Air?/ Stomach and Intestinal Problems.

Postby foxtrot7680 » Sun Sep 19, 2010 9:26 pm

I started CPAP this last spring and other than changing from the CPAP to APAP setting on my machine it, has really helped. I also have pretty severe Fibromyalgia and IBS-C which has never been that bad nor do I take any medication for the IBS other than an occasional stool softener. I do take medications for the fibro which are constipating. The CPAP has decreased the pain as well increasing my energy level but I still get the tiredness and pain from the FIbro.

About ten days ago, I started waking up with nausea and a feeling that there was something in my stomach, maybe acid? This started getting worse and now the first four hours I am up, I can't eat, feel pressure in my diaphragm and upper right chest. My heart is fine as I had a workup. I will get cramping, my stomach gets hard and sometimes have diarrhea but not every day. The pressure is painful and gotten worse since Friday but some of the other symptoms have decreased.

I saw my PCP on Friday. She thinks that I am swallowing air (aerophagia) and perhaps that has exacerbated the IBS/ stomach/intestinal symptoms.

I have an appointment in a week with the gastroenteritis to make sure nothing else is going on and am going to call my sleep doctor tomorrow to update him and see if he has any suggestions. If the pain is this bad tomorrow, I may call my PCP.

Does this mean that less air is getting to my lungs or does the machine compensate for this? The last two mornings I have awakened with a sense of dread which I had for a year prior to my diagnosis and disappeared with the CPAP. So far, no headaches but my tiredness has increased as well as the fogginess. Any OTC medications or prescription meds. that help? Any not indicated with anti depressants? Sleep meds.?

Does this likely mean a setting adjustment? A different mask? In the last couple of weeks, I have awakened a few times with dry throat, sipped some water and if I woke up later my throat would be fine. My sleep has been more interupted as well and my RLS worse but had to stop taking the iron supplements a month ago because of my stomach.

I do not have acid nor extreme belching but have an increase in flatulence Believe it or not I have only had acid indigestion a couple of times in my life so don't know if that is it in the AM but if it is it's not backing up.

Any and all suggestions and experiences are appreciated. What a mess and hard to sort out, eh?

Since CPAP I have been dreaming a lot more as well as much more restful sleep. That's the good news!!

Thanks. :-D

Foxtrot

BTW, How do I add a signature? It's probably right in front of me but my fogginess has become much worse.

ResMed. Auto Set II with pap pillows and humidifier. I experienced apnea 11.1 times and I think 50 times during REM sleep. I need to look that up and will edit with updated information and in the appropriate form, as I need to look for my report. During the initial test and the titration, I had very little stage3 nor stage4 sleep so worry about the setting as well as the discrepancy in apnea events.
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Postby sleland » Sun Sep 19, 2010 10:32 pm

To add a signature, go up top and click on profile. Sorry I cannot help with your other questions, but someone will - tons of very knowledgable and helpful people on here!
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Postby Mrs Rip Van Winkle » Mon Sep 20, 2010 1:23 am

Hi Foxtrot,

Looks like we have a few of the same conditions...I have just agreed to try Lyrica and on the second week with it at low dose...verdict still out. Funny though, it was not scripted for my Fibro but for nerve damage.

Aeropagia, I have found that if the acid reflux/GERD is controlled by meds (I take Omeprazole) then the aerophagia is much less. You do not need to feel/taste the acid to have acid reflux. We recently had a discussion on this in another thread. Another poster, MSLA said this:
"When I talked to the sleep Dr. after 7 years on the machine, he said that when the airway colapses, there is a partial vacum above the diaphram. This makes it easier for stomach contents to rise in the esophagus leading to GERD, heartburn or acid reflux."


As for getting less air...we only gt as much air as we breathe in. The xpap does not breath for us...we have to take that breath on our own.
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Postby foxtrot7680 » Mon Sep 20, 2010 10:58 am

Thanks for your replies. They were very helpful. :-D

I ended up getting rid of the excess gas last night (now THAT sounds funny and it was!!) and slept well. My what a difference a good night's sleep makes. I had no idea you could have GERD without symptoms.

I also watched the videos with the sleep technician and the one on sleep positions for swallowing air. I was very impressed and it was quite helpful. I have no idea how much that helped but hopefully this bout is starting to run its course.

I kind of feel like I have been beaten in the ribs but much better. It's amazing how in the short amount of time many of the old symptoms came back so quickly.

I just made a call to my sleep doctor and see the gastroenterologist next Monday. I may feel better today but I want to get as much benefit from the CPAP as possible.

Now I need to get to work on my signature.

Take care.
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Postby Mrs Rip Van Winkle » Mon Sep 20, 2010 1:15 pm

I also was switched to a biPAP...I had about 3 or 4 justifiable reasons at the time...one was the aerophagia...that was prior to me being told by a friend to seek out help for GERD.

Yes, some people have no symptoms of GERD but have it. My husband never had symptoms and ends up he has advanced Barrett's. Read up on GERD, Acid Reflux, Barrett's etc. to familiarize your self a little before seeing the Gastro.

Ayup, you can do a siggy by going to your profile and finding your way from there.
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