Sleep apnea / sore throat

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Sleep apnea / sore throat

Postby Danw » Mon Mar 11, 2013 11:11 am

I recently went to an ENT for a chronic sore throat. He advised that the likely cause was due to acid reflux, but also suggested a sleep study. Well, of course I was diagnosed with severe sleep apnea. I have taken acid blocking meds but still have sore throat, especially after talking. Has anyone experienced a chronic sore throat as a result of sleep apnea. I am considering surgery to correct the sleep apnea but don't know if the sore throat is related?
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Re: Sleep apnea / sore throat

Postby snuzyQ » Tue Mar 12, 2013 12:27 pm

Hi Danw and welcome to the Forum.

Obstructive sleep apnea messes with our esophagi. The tissues in our wind pipe get inflammed. This inflammation causes further obstruction and the greater the obstruction, the worse the apnea...and so on. It is quite a cycle. The thing that breaks this cycle up most effectively is CPAP treatment...the gold standard of treatment for obstructive sleep apnea. The inflammation resulting from sleep apnea is known to cause sore throat. Many persons with OSA also have GERD (acid reflux). Some people even develop swallowing difficulties and begin to have trouble eating...the food just won't seem to go down very well...it gets "stuck". If your inflammation has progressed to this point, it may take time on CPAP for your throat to heal. There is some speculation that these patients (often with severe OSA) have suffered some type of nerve damage that affects the muscles engaged in digestion (including the esophagus). The nerves are able to heal...but this takes time and patience.

CPAP is the most effective and least invasive of all the treatments for obstructive sleep apnea. I have severe OSA, too...and the inflammation in my throat had progressed to the above-mentioned swallowing troubles. Very slowly, my swallowing difficulty is now resolving. My dry mouth and throat were cured from my very first night on CPAP. I used to wake up at night with choking dryness! On CPAP, I don't even get up once. GERD no longer troubles me at all.

Surgery will inflict yet another inflammation in your throat. Please carefully consider your surgery option and make sure that your decision in this area is an informed one. Surgical success is defined as reducing one's apnea by 50%. For a patient with severe apnea, this will not reduce the apnea (AHI) to 5 or below (normal). Many OSA patients who get surgery must go on CPAP at some point following their surgery. Obastructive sleep apnea is a progressive problem...it usually worsens with age and over time.

Please post us back with your progress. Good luck to you and welcome again to the Forum.
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Re: Sleep apnea / sore throat

Postby boyet » Wed Mar 20, 2013 12:47 pm

Does sleep apnea cause persistent sore throat? i have a sore throat for more that 5 months now. i am experiencing symptoms of gerd which in fact my doctor gave me Domperidone 3x a day and Omeprazole once a day. i just learn about Sleep Apnea in this forum which i am also experiencing. I have also neurological problem due to my hereniated disc extrussion (slip disc) which i was diagnose last October 2012. Do all my symptoms of gerd and sleep apnea is due to neuro problem from slip disc? please help!
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Re: Sleep apnea / sore throat

Postby Happynapper » Thu Mar 21, 2013 11:42 am

I recently got a CPAP machine as well, and have been using it for about two weeks now. On day six I became so dizzy the house felt like it was spinning on its axis. My ears have been plugged and my throat has been sore. None of these symptoms existed before the CPAP. My OSA is considered mild but my doctor feels I should not leave it untreated so here we are. My dizzyness has subsided, and my ears feel a bit less congested, but my throat continues to be sore. I've been waiting for the full-on cold to start (given the ears/throat symptoms) but nothing. I'm sure it's the machine. The model I have has a heated tube and a humidifier, and a nice smallish mask that fits over my nose. I'm not having any issues with using the device but am wondering if it's the air pressure that's causing the throat pain? Will it go away? My oximeter test showed my sleep apnea is gone when I am using the CPAP, but I really don't want a sore throat for the rest of my days either. An earlier poster said s/he'd had a sore throat for five months.

Right now, it feels like the cure is worse than the disease.
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Re: Sleep apnea / sore throat

Postby snuzyQ » Thu Mar 21, 2013 12:36 pm

Hi boyet and Happynapper and welcome to the Forum to both of you.

Folks often find that when their obstructive sleep apnea gets treated, many other health issues resolve. My RRT (Registered Respiratory Therpist) told it to me this way: Sleep is the kingpin in many of the disorders our bodies experience. Draw a circle and put whole sleep in the middle of the circle. Then, draw lines outward to each of the conditions you are dealing with. Each of the conditions that you are dealing with makes the other conditions worse, kind of like wind blowing on a marble that is in a circular rut. As each condition worsens, there is more wind applied to the marble and it goes around faster and faster...and you feel worse and worse. XPAP Treatment for obstructive sleep apnea has the ability to remove one or more conditions from your outer circle, which can then break up your cycle of ill health. On the other hand, if untreated obstructive sleep apnea is in the middle of your circle (as it very often is), then wind is being applied at every spoke of ill health in your wheel and your chances of recovery are practically nil.

It makes sense to go after the sleep apnea first...get it treated...to support your overall health.

The air pressure that is applied with CPAP treatment is really quite gentle compared with treatment on a ventilator. The CPAP machine does not breathe for you like a ventilator does. CPAP only applies gentle air pressure to keep your airway open so that you can breathe without obstruction and no longer have to struggle. I do not think that this air pressure causes throat pain. If you happen to be an obstructive sleep apnea patient who snores, the tissues in your throat were getting quite irritated every night in the nights before your CPAP treatment. The vibratory snoring causes inflammation and swelling...which then makes the vibratory snoring worse and the obstruction worse and your apnea worse. With my own severe OSA, by the time I got treatment, I had a rip-roarin' sore throat going on. It took a few months of CPAP treatment for this to get better. If my sore throat had persisted longer than two months on CPAP treatment, then I would have sought a doctors advice about it.

There is a definite connection between obstructive sleep apnea and GERD.

The dizzyness and ear congestion indicate something going on with your inner ear and this should always be investigated by an ENT (Ear, Nose and Throat specialist). Sometimes a sore throat will be present also, so...even though your dizzyness and ear congestion have subsided somewhat, it would be a good idea to have an ENT (hopefully one also specializing in sleep medicine) check this out for you. Please continue with your CPAP treatment as you are seeking care for your other conditions.

Our doctors do us a great favor by reminding us that we should not leave our OSA (even if mild) untreated. Untreated, mild OSA can have very serious health consequences over time. Good luck to you both and welcome again to the Forum.
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