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Dr. Patrick Melder
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Apnea (Definition)

Apnea is a symptom in which a person stops breathing for a period of time (about 10-20 seconds) and then starts breathing again. Babies can get apnea from some types of infections. Adults can have sleep apnea, often related to loud snoring and some ...Read more


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I have sleep apnea and large tonsils with gerd. When i fall asleep, after a few seconds i suddenly wake up and i feel like my heartbeat stop.?

I have sleep apnea and large tonsils with gerd. When i fall asleep, after a few seconds i suddenly wake up and i feel like my heartbeat stop.?

Dangerous: You need to be evaluated by a doc. Of sleep medicine. Your airway may be blocked when sleeping by tongue and tonsils. A sleep study would answer some of those questions. What you described can be dangerous and should be looked into as soon as you can. If you already have a cpap, then check if the pressure setting is right for you. ...Read more

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Its hard for me to breath due to large tonsils and acid reflux, is it possible to affect my heart aside from my sleep apnea that posible 2 afect my <3?

Its hard for me to breath due to large tonsils and acid reflux, is it possible to affect my heart aside from my sleep apnea that posible 2 afect my <3?

Seek an ENT: Your apnea could be directly a result of your tonsil assuming rest everything( bmi etc) is within normal limits, get help it will also help withyour acid reflux. ...Read more

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Am sure i don't have sleep apnea. Am not overweight. Father.Mother.Brother also snore. . I have large tonsils could it be the reason. Treatments?

Am sure i don't have sleep apnea.  Am not overweight. Father.Mother.Brother also snore. . I have large tonsils could it be the reason. Treatments?

Need to be tested: Without a study, you can't know. Tonsils can obstruct airflow, and if blocked long enough, that is the definition of obstructive sleep apnea. Tonsil removal may be all you need, but you need an exam. Tonsils may only be part of the problem. Often it is not enough. Apnea is common in skinny people. ...Read more

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I have sleep apnea, large tonsils, gerd. Everytime i fall asleep after a few sec, i wake up with heart pounding and making me panic. Is it anxiety?

I have sleep apnea, large tonsils, gerd. Everytime i fall asleep after a few sec, i wake up with heart pounding and making me panic. Is it anxiety?

Needs exploration: Dr donley made some good points. The sleep apnea can cause one to wake up feeling anxious and gasping for air. The only way to know if there is a separate anxiety issue is to correct the sleep apnea and to assess. ...Read more

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Could I have obstructive sleep apnea without having enlarged tonsils?

Could I have obstructive sleep apnea without having enlarged tonsils?

Of course: Sleep apnea is due to obstruction of the oropharyngeal airway usually at the level of the tongue or epiglottis. Two-thirds of patients with OSA are overweight and fatty infiltration of the neck and tongue may also contribute to airway obstruction during sleep. ...Read more

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Help! Is it possible to have obstructive sleep apnea without having enlarged tonsils?

Help! Is it possible to have obstructive sleep apnea without having enlarged tonsils?

Yes: In addition to possible causes provided in another answer, an elongated wide soft palate and uvula as well as a large tongue may also contribute or cause obstructive sleep apnea (Mallampati score and Friedman tongue position may be used as preliminary indices). ...Read more

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Is sleep apnea due to enlarged tonsils and adenoids?

Is sleep apnea due to enlarged tonsils and adenoids?

See ENT to evaluate : Enlarged tonsils and adenoids can inhibit airflow and thereby contribute to sleep apnea. See an ENT to evaluate these tissues as well as checking for nasal polyps and deviated septum. ...Read more

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I have a goiter as well as enlarged tonsils and adenoids. Possible sleep apnea. Can goiter play a role in sleep apnea or just soft palative tissues?

I have a goiter as well as enlarged tonsils and adenoids. Possible sleep apnea. Can goiter play a role in sleep apnea or just soft palative tissues?

Yes: Yes, obstructive sleep apnea is worsened by any factors that create blockage in the upper airway (throat). Extra tissue in a redundant ('floppy') soft palate, hypertrophied adenoids or tonsils, or even, rarely, a thyroid enlarged by goiter large enough to push the airway inward and narrow it further. ...Read more

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Dr. Carlo Hatem
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Sleep Apnea (Definition)

Literally it is stopping breathing during sleep. There are 2 main types. Obstructive the most common. Central the less common. When people speak about sleep apnea they usually refer to obstructive where you cannot breathe due to ...Read more


Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Sleep (Definition)

Sleep is a topic that involves concepts such as how long it takes to fall asleep, how many times one wakes up at night, how many hours one sleeps at night, sleep stages, ...Read more