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!!
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.