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Doctor insights on: Thyroid Goiter Removal For Sleep Apnea

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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. 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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Do I need to be put on thyroid meds. Tsh of 7.63, 3.77 & 4.34 btw dec 2011 to mar 2012? I also have low testosterone & sleep apnea.

Do I need to be put on thyroid meds.  Tsh of 7.63, 3.77 & 4.34 btw dec 2011 to mar 2012?  I also have low testosterone & sleep apnea.

High TSH: Your TSH is slightly high and if it is 7.63 in dec 2011 and 4.34 in march 2012 then you do not need to take thyroid medicine, it needs to be checked along with T4 ant3 levels.Repeat in three months, you dont need to check every month. ...Read more

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I was to the doctor today for my monthly checkup due to low thyroid and sleep apnea well I've had back problems in the past.. no reflexes why?

I was to the doctor today for my monthly checkup due to low thyroid and sleep apnea well I've had back problems in the past.. no reflexes why?

HYPOREFLEXIA: HYPOREFLEXIA IS SYMETRIC CAN BE SEEN WITH HYPOTHYROIDISM. CHECK TFTS!! Start a gluten free diet WEIGHT LOSS IS CRITICAL .Wholeapproach.com gutblisscom. If CPAP or BIPAP is poorly tolerated seek ENT CONSULT for UPP/ vs Hyoid suspension. Limit use of sedatives/hypnotics like ambien/lunesta/rozerem. D/W your doctor all options if RLS is present neurontin/Topamax may help. Provigil&Nuvigil 4 FATIGUE! ...Read more

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Is removal of tonsils a "must" for sleep apnea?

Is removal of tonsils a "must" for sleep apnea?

Only for children: Tonsillectomy is the first line treatment for sleep apnea in children. For adults, tonsillectomy will not cure sleep apnea, it is not normally recommended unless tonsils are unusually enlarged. ...Read more

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Having my tonsils and uvula removed on tuesday. Sleep apnea score is 29. Worried about uvula removal and side effects from this. Suggestions on this?

Having my tonsils and uvula removed on tuesday. Sleep apnea score is 29. Worried about uvula removal and side effects from this. Suggestions on this?

Airway restriction: They plan this surgery to increase the size of your airway opening. Did a CPAP not work? Are your tonsils so large that you're trapping food while eating, thereby having difficulty swallowing too? Are you obese? Major weight loss has been shown to help, if kept off. These are all factors that need to be considered when surgery is your treatment choice. Moderate post-op pain is a side effect. ...Read more

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How many women get sleep apnea?

How many women get sleep apnea?

Age related: 9% of women between the ages of 30 & 60 have sleep apnea. Percentage is higher with increasing age. ...Read more

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How do people treat sleep apnea?

A few: Weight loss, surgery (uppp with possible tonsillectomy), c-pap. ...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. Steve Martinez
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Thyroid Enlargement (Definition)

Thyroid enlargement refers to a thyroid gland that is larger than normal. The thyroid gland is located in the front of the neck, below the Adam's apple, and may become enlarged due to hyper or hypo-thyroidism. An enlarged thyroid is also ...Read more