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What are the risks and cures for obstructive stage IV sleep apnea?

What are the risks and cures for obstructive stage IV sleep apnea?

See below: The risks are significant health problems including heart problems and death.
Treatment options should be discussed with your sleep doctor and may include surgery, cpap, and an oral appliance. ...Read more

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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My daughter is one and her doctors are considering to take out the tonsils and adenoid because of her bad sleep apnea. What are the risks for her age?

My daughter is one and her doctors are considering to take out the tonsils and adenoid because of her bad sleep apnea. What are the risks for her age?

Apnea or surgery: Risks of sleep apnea are a result of poor oxygenation in the blood--can lead to developmental defects. Risks of surgery are standard for most surgeries: pain, swelling, bleeding, infection, difficulty swallowing, incomplete healing, and reactions to medications. Most surgical risks are temporary: permanent risks are rare. Apnea risks can be permanent. ...Read more

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What are the risks of cocaine use before surgery?

What are the risks of cocaine use before surgery?

Death: Cocaine can cause severe cardiac issues during surgery that could result in serious injury or death. ...Read more

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I have recently been diagnosed with sleep apnea I am 100 lbs overweight if I lose weight will I be able to get rid of it?

I have recently been diagnosed with sleep apnea I am 100 lbs overweight if I lose weight will I be able to get rid of it?

You can: If you loose weight you more than likely will be able to resolve your obstructive sleep apnea. In rare cases the structure of your adenoid, tonsils and post pharynx might be too big and can also be the cause of your OSA. I do recommend weight loss as a first step and repeating your sleep study. If it is central sleep apnea that is a different etiology. ...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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Yes I do have high BP and sleep apnea and chronic stress but I'm like 180 pounds and 5'8.5? Am I very overweight? Thanks for all ur help doctors

Yes I do have high BP and sleep apnea and chronic stress but I'm like 180 pounds and 5'8.5? Am I very overweight? Thanks for all ur help doctors

BMI27, Sleep Apnea, BP: You are overweight, have sleep apnea, and high bpand chronic stress
my advice
1try to loose weightdiet/exercise
2sleep studies and treatment for sleep apnea
3blood pressure control with diet/exercise and meds if needed
4stress reduction therapy
consult your doctor and get appropriate referals and treatment as you are only18 years old. ...Read more

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I've had sleep study twice, mild sleep apnea. Am 18 years old, what underlying problem could I have? Does it surprise a teens on cpap? Not overweight!

I've had sleep study twice, mild sleep apnea. Am 18 years old, what underlying problem could I have? Does it surprise a teens on cpap? Not overweight!

Depends...: If you're 18 and not overweight, obstructive sleep apnea in your case may have numerous possible causes. You should see an ENT doctor for a thorough evaluation of your upper airway anatomy to identify your possible areas of obstruction (e.g. Base of tongue, tonsils, adenoids, deviated septum, dentition, jaw position). Everyone is different so you should get checked out. ...Read more

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I'm having small quick jolts of pain in my head and im 18 and little overweight and have sleep apnea, this happens alot, im afraid of stroke/hemmorage?

I'm having small quick jolts of pain in my head and im 18 and little overweight and have sleep apnea, this happens alot, im afraid of stroke/hemmorage?

Headaches: Please discuss this with your physician as soon as possible. Have you been issued a cpap? If so are you wearing it? If not, that may be one of the causes of your pain. ...Read more

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I'm overweight and I've been told that I snore. At what point would it be indicated for me to get a sleep study to test for sleep apnea?

I'm overweight and I've been told that I snore. At what point would it be indicated for me to get a sleep study to test for sleep apnea?

When doctor says so: You don't decide, your doctor decides. If you're concerned, see a sleep specialist. There are several ways that (s)he can assess the likelihood of OSA during an office visit. Respect your doctor by acknowledging his/her expertise as a clinical diagnostician. That's what (s)he's trained for. ...Read more

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I wake up with headache/gasping for air often. Could it be sleep apnea? I'm 23, not overweight. Also is klonopin (clonazepam) for sleep unsafe with apnea?

I wake up with headache/gasping for air often. Could it be sleep apnea? I'm 23, not overweight. Also is klonopin (clonazepam) for sleep unsafe with apnea?

Sleep disturbances: Yes it could be sleep apnea. Get evaluated by a sleep doctor to determine if a sleep study should be performed. Klonopin (clonazepam) is not necessarily unsafe for sleep apnea but central nervous system medications/depressants in general can affect sleep and also breathing during sleep. But it may be necessary to use this medication so do not discontinue it without checking with the prescriber. ...Read more

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I have sleep apnea & use c-pap will I always have this forever? Am about 20lbs overweight. Would losing weight help get rid of apnea?

I have sleep apnea & use c-pap will I always have this forever? Am about 20lbs overweight. Would losing weight help get rid of apnea?

Losing weight helps: You may get second opinion and have proper oral appliance made to replace your CPAP if you can not tolerate the mask. ...Read more

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What causes sleep apnea if one os not overweight and has no history. Tmj, clenching, stiff neck muscles, psychiatric medication?

What causes sleep apnea if one os not overweight and has no history. Tmj, clenching, stiff neck muscles, psychiatric medication?

All or none: I have seen many patients for an oral mouthpiece for sleep apnea that are not overweight. A thorough screening and health history with a sleep professional is required to hopefully rule out some of the other causes. ...Read more

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My 10 year old daughter is overweight and she snores whilesleeping. She is always disturbed while sleeping and alsohas a bed wetting problem. Do children get sleep apnea?

My 10 year old daughter is overweight and she snores whilesleeping. She is always disturbed while sleeping and alsohas a bed wetting problem. Do children get sleep apnea?

Sleep Apnea: About 10% children that age would snore in their sleep, but only 1-3% of snorers have obstructive sleep apnea. Possible causes are; enlarged tonsil/adenoids, obesity, genetic syndromes such as down's syndrome, family history of sleep apnea. I recommend her pediatrician evaluate to rule out apnea. Wish her well. ...Read more

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I don't have sleep apnea, am not overweight, sleep on side, don't drink, but still snore when breathing through my mouth. What aids should I try? Mouthpiece keeping jaw forward? Strap to close mouth?

I don't have sleep apnea, am not overweight, sleep on side, don't drink, but still snore when breathing through my mouth. What aids should I try? Mouthpiece keeping jaw forward? Strap to close mouth?

Sleep study?: Did you officially have a sleep study? Seems you have tried a lot of remedies to try and help, but need to know for sure. CPAP is the "gold standard" of care, but dental mouthpieces for snoring and mild sleep apnea are very effective. ...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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Worried about husband. He is 29, over weight, sleep apnea, smokes, eats junk food all the time. He just said he feels funny and nauseous. Heart attack?

Worried about husband. He is 29, over weight, sleep apnea, smokes, eats junk food all the time. He just said he feels funny and nauseous. Heart attack?

See doctor soon: Your husband needs a serious discussion before his health deteriorates rapidly! With better health habits, he will feel better and live longer. Stress to him that he needs to do this for himself and for his family. ...Read more

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I have a chronic cough, over weight acid reflux, sleep apnea, I just started nexium, (esomeprazole) will that help cough? I am on a healthy eating program

I have a chronic cough, over weight acid reflux, sleep apnea, I just started nexium, (esomeprazole) will that help cough? I am on a healthy eating program

Maybe: A 'cough' is the body's way of clearing something out of the tracheobronchial tree (the windpipe). It may be just mucous. If you have hyperacidity and irritation of the esophagus from it, you may be inhaling a small amount of mucous during episodes of sleep apnea...Causing you to cough. See about treatment for sleep apnea, as well. See your md about a sleep study. ...Read more

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I woke up with pain on my right side of my temple (pain when light touch. Is it something I have to go see a doctor? I'm over weight, with sleep apnea on a cpap machine.

I woke up with pain on my right side of my temple (pain when light touch. Is it something I have to go see a doctor? I'm over weight, with sleep apnea on a cpap machine.

Hello.: Hello. There are many different causes for temple pain to include migraine, cluster and tension headaches. If you have persistent severe pain in your right temple associated with tenderess, and double vision or decreased vision. Then I recommend you be assessed asap. Other symptoms can include tenderness of your scalp, pain with chewing or fever. Take care. ...Read more

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Severe sleep apnea from brain forgetting to send signal to breath and enlarged tonsil and adenoid/over weight/ 1 year old any suggestions or options?

Severe sleep apnea from brain forgetting to send signal to breath and enlarged tonsil and adenoid/over weight/ 1 year old any suggestions or options?

Fix what U can: In a 1yo enlarged tonsils & adenoids can produce significant sleep apnea & removal may solve that component of the issue. Respiratory stimulants like caffeine are commonly used in neonatal sleep apnea but may or may not be helpful at one year. Fix what you can & work with your treatment team on alternatives. The people who know the case have a better chance to sort it out. ...Read more

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I am overweight I used to weigh 164 but can't lose weight on anti psychotic meds doc wobt change meds I have sleep apena is lapband good for me?

I am overweight I used to weigh 164 but can't lose weight on anti psychotic meds doc wobt change meds I have sleep apena is lapband good for me?

Don't have any: Idea what your bmi is? I have a number of patient's on atypical antipsychotic medications who see a nutritionist and have been able to maintain or lose weight with a combination of exercise and nutrition plan. ...Read more

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What risks result from leaving sleep apnea untreated?

What risks result from leaving sleep apnea untreated?

Complications of OSA: Cardiovascular: chf, arrhythmias, hypertension
lungs: pulmonary hypertension
mood: depression
extremities: fluid retention
abdomen: heart burn
sleep: insomnia, hypersomnia, daytime sleepiness,
urogenital: decrease libido, nocturia
brain: headaches, short term memory, stroke. ...Read more

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Should I risk obstructive sleep apnea surgery?

Should I risk obstructive sleep apnea surgery?

Last resort: If you've been properly diagnosed, what other solutions have you tried? There is CPAP of various types and mandibular advancement appliances, made by dentists. These approaches can be very effective, alone or in combination. Surgery is highly invasive, painful and not always successful. In addition, there is often surgical relapse, and you return to pre surgical condition. Last resort for me. ...Read more

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Can you please list the risks associated with using a sleep apnea machine (cpap) that's not yours?

Can you please list the risks associated with using a sleep apnea machine (cpap) that's not yours?

Sleep apnea: If the mask isn't properly adjusted, or the flow isn't correct, it may not be providing the correct amount of oxygen- meaning it's of no benefit. ...Read more

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I've had a Uvulectomy to help me with sleep apnea. Am I at risk of this causing issues down the line? Such as sudden bleeding later in life?

I've had a Uvulectomy to help me with sleep apnea. Am I at risk of this causing issues down the line? Such as sudden bleeding later in life?

Get a sleep study: Outcome data from numerous studies have demonstrated significant short-term benefits and success rates of 50-59 if only Uvulectomy is done. Get a PSG test done to check your progress. Best of luck. ...Read more

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How would know if I am at risk of sleep apnea?

How would know if I am at risk of sleep apnea?

Apnea risk: The biggest risk for sleep apnea is either being a man or post menopausal female. Other risk factors include obesity, age greater than 50, a neck size greater than 16 inches, and having a crowded airway. ...Read more

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Am I at risk of having a stroke if I have sleep apnea?

Am I at risk of having a stroke if I have sleep apnea?

Higher than others: Inadequate sleep prevents the body from healing itself which leads to inflammation in the body. Inflammation is key cause of many health problems like asthma, allergies, arthritis, and auto-immune disorders, have an obvious inflammatory component. Treating sleep apnea helps to lower systemic inflammation, which might prevent some of the other serious health problems like strokes. ...Read more

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Define mild sleep apnea?

Define mild sleep apnea?

Gasping for air: Sleep apnea is defined as complete (apnea) or partial obstruction (hypopnia) of the airway during sleep. Typical signs and symptoms are snoring, wake up gasping for air, and excessive daytime sleepiness. Diagnosis is made by a sleep study (polysomnogram) and the main parameter of diagnosis is ahi (apnea-hypopnea index). Mild sleep apnea ranges from 5-10 ahi. ...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


Cocaine Use (Definition)

Cocaine is a powerful central nervous system stimulant with potent cardiovascular (heart and blood vessel) side effects. Signs of intoxication typically begin with enlarged pupils, a feeling of being "high" (euphoria), agitation, and increased heart ...Read more