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Dr. Patricia Mcgarry
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Obstructive Sleep Apnea (Definition)

Sleep apnea has two causes. It may be 'central' or 'obstructive'. Central apnea occurs as a disorder in the way the brain controls breathing. Obstructive sleep apnea is much more common and involves an anatomical blockage of the airway. Usually, the tongue blocks the airway, preventing the passage of air between the a sleep study is needed to diagnose particular ...Read more


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Can severe sleep apnea cause chest tightness in an overweight person?

Can severe sleep apnea cause chest tightness in an overweight person?

Chest pain Yes: Chest pain can be due to an heart attack, esophagitis, acid reflux, musculoskeletal problems, gall bladder disease, pericarditis, pneumonia, pleurisy etc. Check with your doctor. ...Read more

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Frequently wake up in middle of night with hard time breathing. Sounds like I just finished running. Chest is tight usually. Sleep apnea vs. Asthma?

Frequently wake up in middle of night with hard time breathing. Sounds like I just finished running. Chest is tight usually. Sleep apnea vs. Asthma?

Likely asthma: If you're waking up and still experience trouble breathing, sounds more like asthma. Sleep apnea doesn't continue to cause symptoms if you're full awake. You're on albuterol. Sounds like you may need something more long acting. See your doctor about this. ...Read more

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Ok. Since birth 3 yo had 6 chest X-ray for meconium, one brain CT to r/o brain bleed and 4 neck x-rays for sleep apnea. All necessary. Cancer risk?

Ok. Since birth 3 yo had 6 chest X-ray for meconium, one brain CT to r/o brain bleed and 4 neck x-rays for sleep apnea. All necessary. Cancer risk?

Not to loose sleep: The modern dosing of such studies is minimal compared to decades ago. I wouldn't loose any sleepover the issue. ...Read more

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I am worried I have copd or heart disease. Spyrometry, chest xray, treadmill tests all normal-strong. 10 pack year smoker, 2+ years quit. Have mild shortness of breath, recurring right lung pain (not chest), mild air hunger, tested for sleep apnea, will f

I am worried I have copd or heart disease. Spyrometry, chest xray, treadmill tests all normal-strong. 10 pack year smoker, 2+ years quit. Have mild shortness of breath, recurring right lung pain (not chest), mild air hunger, tested for sleep apnea, will f

Study the gallbladder?: Does not make sense.
Heavy smoker, SOB, and supernormal spirometry? Do you have an oximetry?
1. Repeat the test (spirometry)
2. Do a MRI of chest, rule out mesothelioma (early), or any type of infection.
3. What is your BMI?
4. You should have a cardiologist and a pulmonologist and put all together.
Symptoms usually correlate with tests. ...Read more

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Could lack o sleep cause chest pains?

Could lack o sleep cause chest pains?

Sleep and pain: There is no direct correlation with lack of sleep and chest pain but fatigue sleep deprival can cause mood disturbance anxiety that can have a symptom of chest discomfort make sure there is no other medical reasons for chest pain please get a checkup. ...Read more

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What can you do for chest pain caused by apnea?

What can you do for chest pain caused by apnea?

Treat the apnea: Chest pain from sleep apnea occurs because of drop in oxygen level which strains the heart, an arrhythmia or just lack of breathing. If you're being treated with cpap, follow up with your doctor to make sure treatment is adequate. They may need to monitor your overnight oxygen level to determine if you need extra oxygen at night. A cardiology consult would also be helpful. ...Read more

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Can sleeping on a couch cause you to have chest pain?

No, not normally...: You need to find out why asap. Do not what...It could be your heart! ...Read more

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Continuose chest pain, been to ER more than once. Drs couldn't find cause. What could be going on? Tired of being in pain and not sleeping.

Chest pain: Unfortunately, you provided very limited detail regarding your condition. Common not heart related causes of chest pain are acid reflux, back problems, abdominal issues (ulcer for example), esophageal spams, even anxiety can be perceived by pain. Ibuprofen can be contributing to stomach upset, so discontinue that. ...Read more

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Chronic chest pain x 1yr. Had pericard and pleuritis/effusions then, but continue to have chest pain Still have to sleep basically sitting up. Cause?

Chronic chest pain x 1yr. Had pericard and pleuritis/effusions then, but continue to have chest pain Still have to sleep basically sitting up. Cause?

G'NightSweetPrincess: At your age, you need a full evaluation by a doctor (preferably a cardiologist) to evaluate the current condition of your heart. You may have a long term complication of your prior heart problems or a new development or, more likely, both. Either that, or have a new bed constructed so you can sleep upright more comfortably. I prefer the former suggestion and as soon as possible for you. ...Read more

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Can sleeping in a awkward way be a cause of chest pain?

Yes but....: Musculoskeletal problems can be aggravated by prolonged maintenance of physically harmful postures. These pains tend to be transient and often with muscular soreness. But high blood pressure often peaks during sleep and can lead to heart-related symptoms. Coexisting shortness of breath and fatigue are warning signs of something other than musculoskeletal problems. ...Read more

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Can sleeping on my back and snoring cause chest pain?

Can sleeping on my back and snoring cause chest pain?

Yes: Snoring can be loud/strong enough to cause chest discomfort in the morning. If you are overweight and have daytime fatigue you need to ask your doctor about being evaluated for sleep apnea. ...Read more

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Can lack of sleep cause chest pain, 24 year old female?

Can lack of sleep cause chest pain, 24 year old female?

See your doctor: While adequate sleep is very important, with nothing else to go on, I would be reluctant to attribute your chest pain to that. There can be many serious thins causing chest pain, so it would be important for you to be seen by your physician. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can sleeping with a cold, breeze coming in overnight cause chest pain when I wake, up?

Can sleeping with a cold, breeze coming in overnight cause chest pain when I wake, up?

? Asthma: If you have Asthma then chest tightness with other accompanying symptoms like wheezing and coughing can be experienced. If you have chest pain on the left side and persists for more than a few minutes get medical help right away. ...Read more

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What causes 19 yr to wake from sleep with sharp chest pain on left side for 2-3 min no other symptoms.

What causes 19 yr to wake from sleep with sharp chest pain on left side for 2-3 min no other symptoms.

Chest pain: At 19 sharp chest pain likely related to some type of pleurisy or chest wall pain. GERD another possibility. Although less likely a more serious cause would be PE.
Usually at your age a bop and smoking would need to be involved. Cardiac can be cause, but usually associated with drug use at your age. ...Read more

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I've been having chest pain every time I make a sudden movement but I'm not sure if skating or bad sleeping posture might be the cause?

I've been having chest pain every time I make a sudden movement but I'm not sure if skating or bad sleeping posture might be the cause?

Pain, movement: Pain provoked or dependent on certain movements all positions is typically musculoskeletal in etiology, the specifics would depend on for the history and physical examination. ...Read more

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Can costochondritis cause chest pain when sleeping on stomach?

Can costochondritis cause chest pain when sleeping on stomach?

Costochondritis: It depends which costochondral junction is involved, also the position you are lying---- in other words yes it can. ...Read more

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I have sleep apnea but sometimes during the day my oxygen level is 90-93%. It feels difficult to breathe. Lung tests came back normal.

I have sleep apnea but sometimes during the day my oxygen level is 90-93%. It feels difficult to breathe. Lung tests came back normal.

Sleep study: You need to see a lung doctor for sleep study and pulmonery function test.
they can evaluate you and treat you. ...Read more

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If I do not sleep sitting up I have chest pain and cough. No cough if do not lie flat. Hx of SLE. Cough is new only in supine position. Cause?

If I do not sleep sitting up I have chest pain and cough. No cough if do not lie flat. Hx of SLE. Cough is new only in supine position. Cause?

Reflux: I suspect this is reflux. Don't eat late. Limit coffee, alcohol, chocolate. See you MD for an Upper GI. Perhaps try zantac (ranitidine) over the counter and a liquid antacid before going to bed. ...Read more

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I have asthma, been almost 2 moths, doctor give me medicine doesn't help, shortness of breathe, chest pain, can't sleep cause of coughing @ night, ?

I have asthma, been almost 2 moths, doctor give me medicine doesn't help, shortness of breathe, chest pain, can't sleep cause of coughing @ night, ?

Mgt: I would suggest reviewing your asthma plan and triggers. Allergy testing can help to guide you as to what triggers to avoid.
A virtual appt is available to review your asthma plan.
Your asthma is not well controlled and requires attention. ...Read more

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If lpr isn't serious why does it lead to sleep apnea, mouth cancer, lung problems? I'm skinny why do I have this??

If lpr isn't serious why does it lead to sleep apnea, mouth cancer, lung problems? I'm skinny why do I have this??

Evaluation: On the contrary, GERD can be quite serious. Please see a Specialist, a Gastroenterologist, to have all your questions answered. ...Read more

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Pulm heard a loud heart murmur on left side 1 mo ago. Echo norm. Dr says still loud but prob just pleural rub. Can hear in back and up to neck. Chest pain. Sleep sitting up cause hard to breathe and painful. Does norm echo rule out cardiac issues?

Pulm heard a loud heart murmur on left side 1 mo ago. Echo norm. Dr says still loud but prob just pleural rub. Can hear in back and up to neck. Chest pain. Sleep sitting up cause hard to breathe and painful. Does norm echo rule out cardiac issues?

Murmur: Was the echocardiogram perfectly normal or was there some valvular abnormality? Sometimes minor abnormalities create loud murmurs. Other causes of loud noises in the chest and neck include abnormalities of blood vessels in the neck or thorax or pericardial disease. Asymmetric septal hypertrophy of the heart can cause loud murmurs but should be obvious on echocardiogram. See a cardiologist for advi ...Read more

Dr. Patrick Melder
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Apnea (Definition)

This is the cessation of breathing for 10 seconds or more. Most apnea is obstructive being caused by collapse or obstruction of the airway leading to lack of air flow. However, it can be a central process, where the respiratory center of the brain fails to signal the respiratory respiratory system to initiate a breath. Lastly, some apnea is mixed central ...Read more


Dr. Carlo Hatem
1,205 Doctors shared insights

Sleep Apnea (Definition)

A condition in which you stop 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