Swallowing air from CPAP?

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Swallowing air from CPAP?

Postby msminnamouse » Wed Feb 09, 2011 12:30 pm

Yet another problem.... Le sigh.

I think I'm swallowing air from the CPAP. Does/did anyone else have this problem? What can you do about it, if anything?
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Postby MP3Daddy » Wed Feb 09, 2011 2:30 pm

I had this problem early on where I would have gas every morning when I got up. Eventually I got used to CPAP and I no longer have this problem.

How long have you been on CPAP?
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Postby msminnamouse » Wed Feb 09, 2011 4:35 pm

About a month and 1/2.
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Postby MP3Daddy » Wed Feb 09, 2011 5:06 pm

Yeah it took me like 2 to 3 months before that subsided. Hang in there!
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Postby robysue » Thu Feb 10, 2011 7:09 pm


I've been working with the PA in my sleep doctor's office off and on for four solid months on this problem.

So report the problem to your sleep doctor's office and ask to speak with a nurse, a PA, or the doc about managing the aerophagia (that's what it's called).

It bothers some folks more than others.

Somethings that may help:

Don't eat anything anywhere close to bedtime. [For me, I can't seem to eat within about 5 hours of bedtime.]

Smaller than normal supper. Less spicy than normal supper (for me.)

Cutting back on caffeine in the afternoon and evening. No alcohol at dinner or in the evening.

Consider being tested for GERD. (I haven't yet done this.) Even if you don't have GERD, many of the suggestions for dealing with GERD may help. Do a search for GERD on standard reputable medical sites and you'll come up with patient self-help guidelines for managing GERD.

See if pressure can be reduced---will the doctor authorize a week of autotitration?

A change in sleeping position may help. What position do you sleep in?

Don't be ashamed of burping and farting in the morning---if you can---that's the EASIEST way to relieve the pain. The air is largely odorless since it's room air.

OTC meds like Beeno or Gas-X to prevent or relieve gas may help. But read the instructions carefully about how LONG you can take them.
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Postby maddhadder » Fri Feb 11, 2011 10:05 am

I have been working with the same issue. I got my pressure reduced from 20 to 17 and than made a big difference. I still have issues with it, but I havn't woken up thinking I was having a heart attack since the drop in pressure.
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Postby Mrs Rip Van Winkle » Sat Feb 12, 2011 1:51 pm

It is said that untreated GERD can make the aerophagia worse. This would be the FIRST thing I would check into and treat...then look further if needed. Shoot, why suffer, treating GERD is simple. (oh and...many people do not have GERD symptoms but still have it)
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Postby Marigail » Tue Feb 15, 2011 3:46 pm

Try sleeping on a wedge pillow. This helps with gerd and helps with your breathing.
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