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Removing my tonsils for sleep apnea: will I have a lot of pain and how long will it take to recover?

Removing my tonsils for sleep apnea: will I have a lot of pain and how long will it take to recover?

8-9/10 pain: Tonsillectomy is a painful surgery :( sorry... I tell my patients that they will drop about 15 pounds from not wanting to eat... That can be :) or :( depending on the circumstance. If you need your tonsils out... You need your tonsils out... No point in sugar coating the truth. ...Read more

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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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Do a lot of people get obstructive sleep apnea?

Do a lot of people get obstructive sleep apnea?

Yes.: It has been published that 2% of women and 4% of men. But in my experience, i believe it is much higher. ...Read more

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Do lots of people get obstructive sleep apnea, or is it unusual?

Do lots of people get obstructive sleep apnea, or is it unusual?

Lots of people do: 24% of men and 9% of women 30-60 years of age in the USA will qualify for OSA if allcomers are studied by an overnight sleep study. If only people who complain of daytime sleepiness are included, then the number drops precipitously to: 4% of men and 2% of women. Still, a pretty high prevalence, isn't it? ...Read more

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Do doctors see a lot of patients with obstructive sleep apnea?

Do doctors see a lot of patients with obstructive sleep apnea?

I do: I do, but my practice is limited to sleep disorders, so there is selection bias. Primary care physicians (pcp) see a lot of people complaining of difficulty falling asleep, difficulty staying awake, and of generally unsatisfatory sleep quality. Some of these are sent to sleep centers for further evaluation and some are managed by the pcp. 10% of people suffer from insomnia; 9-24% from sleep apnea. ...Read more

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I have obstructive sleep apnea after gaining weight from steroids. Lately I drool a lot and sometimes foam at the mouth. Why?

I have obstructive sleep apnea after gaining weight from steroids. Lately I drool a lot and sometimes foam at the mouth. Why?

See a specialist: Treating obstructive sleep apnea is a life and death decision! Sleep and oxygen deprivation can trigger severe health problems and decrease quality of life due to Obstructive Sleep Apnea. See a sleep specialist for PSG study and proper treatment. Do not procrastinate. ...Read more

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What is obstructive sleep apnea?

What is obstructive sleep apnea?

OSA: Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when breathing stops (apnea) during sleep usually as a result of a temporary obstruction such as a narrowing and closing in the oropharynx. When the brain detects that breathing has stopped, an alarm goes up that wakes the person so that he starts breathing again. Often the person does not know why he has woken. An observer may note snoring or gasping in the night. ...Read more

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Is obstructive sleep apnea painful?

Is obstructive sleep apnea painful?

No: Sleep apnea can cause headaches, dry mouth, mood and personality changes, excessive sleepiness. It is not a painful condition. ...Read more

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How can I treat obstructive sleep apnea?

CPAP: The treatment involves sleeping with a pressurized mask called cpap. In sleep apnea, excessive soft tissue in the throat, can relax during deep sleep, this blocks the airway and drops oxygen levels , disrupting sleep and causing other problems. A mask hooked to a machine that applies a low level of air pressure keeps the airway open. Many with osa are overweight and weight loss also helps much. ...Read more

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Can you die from obstructive sleep apnea?

Can you die from obstructive sleep apnea?

Indirectly: Untreated sleep apnea causes drops in oxygen levels during sleep, this causes a release of catecholamines which are of "stress hormones". Over time this can increase the risk of high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, and pulmonary hypertension. Overtime these can lead to death. In addition the sleep deprivation leads to increase car accidents, which can be fatal. Treatment helps avoid this. ...Read more

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How do I eliminate an obstructive sleep apnea?

How do I eliminate an obstructive sleep apnea?

Evaluation First: First seek evaluation by a sleep doctor. Once the etiological factors and degree of obstruction is determined - a treatment plan can be outlined. ...Read more

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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
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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