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BillyHW
Unread post  Post subject: Sleep Apnea and GERD/Acid-Reflux  |  Posted: Tue Jan 24, 2017 1:59 am
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Does anyone know if sleep apnea and GERD/Acid-Reflux are related in any way?

If you had GERD/Acid-Reflux problems while sleeping, did you find the CPAP treatment improved it or made it worse?


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TheLankyLefty
Unread post  Post subject: Re: Sleep Apnea and GERD/Acid-Reflux  |  Posted: Tue Jan 24, 2017 9:41 am
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They are highly related.

Sleep apnea causes, or seems to worsen GERD. So chicken and egg....sleep apnea comes first. GERD won't result in sleep apnea.

To make things even more fun...GERD will damage the lower esophageal sphincter. This is what prevents air from going into your stomach with CPAP. Aerophagia is very common with people on CPAP who have GERD.

That was the set up to the crux of the question:
BillyHW wrote:
If you had GERD/Acid-Reflux problems while sleeping, did you find the CPAP treatment improved it or made it worse?


Often it seems that CPAP makes it worse because aerophagia is painful as hell. If there is no aerophagia, then it can take months for the damage to the lower esophageal sphincter to heal. With aerophagia, it can be very frustrating since you have to treat your apnea while preventing aerophagia. This can be very frustrating, but it can be done.

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Mikkik1
Unread post  Post subject: Re: Sleep Apnea and GERD/Acid-Reflux  |  Posted: Wed Jan 25, 2017 7:15 pm

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I have both as well and it really doesn't matter which came first. I take a PPI at night for healing esophagus and it appears to be working-went from unrelenting heartburn to only intermittent flare ups. I take Dexilent
Good luck, I can empathize.


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BillyHW
Unread post  Post subject: Re: Sleep Apnea and GERD/Acid-Reflux  |  Posted: Thu Apr 06, 2017 7:43 pm
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It's been about two and a half months on CPAP and my GERD symptoms are pretty much completely gone.


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Billy, have you had any aerophagia? If so, how did you deal with it? I saw Jason's video on propping yourself up, or tucking in your chin. I tend to fall off my pillows, and tucking chin is kinda hit or miss, just looking for options. Thanks.


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BillyHW
Unread post  Post subject: Re: Sleep Apnea and GERD/Acid-Reflux  |  Posted: Mon Nov 13, 2017 12:32 am
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cindyY wrote:
Billy, have you had any aerophagia? If so, how did you deal with it? I saw Jason's video on propping yourself up, or tucking in your chin. I tend to fall off my pillows, and tucking chin is kinda hit or miss, just looking for options. Thanks.


I haven't had any major aerophagia.


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BillyHW
Unread post  Post subject: Re: Sleep Apnea and GERD/Acid-Reflux  |  Posted: Mon Nov 13, 2017 12:34 am
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Just to update on this thread, my GERD is pretty much completely gone now on CPAP.

I wonder what proportion of GERD sufferers really have undiagnosed/untreated sleep apnea?

Has anyone else here been cured of their GERD? :D


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Karen
Unread post  Post subject: Re: Sleep Apnea and GERD/Acid-Reflux  |  Posted: Tue Nov 14, 2017 8:26 pm

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I am so happy for you Billy! I can't wait to say that about myself. The whole reason I am going on to BIPAP is to help with the comfort level and swallowing air.

I DO have a small hiatal hernia though. I just started to try and stop eating after dinner and before bed.

Yes- Saw Jason's video on this too!


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Unread post  Post subject: Re: Sleep Apnea and GERD/Acid-Reflux  |  Posted: Tue Nov 14, 2017 9:33 pm

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BillyHW wrote:
Just to update on this thread, my GERD is pretty much completely gone now on CPAP.

I wonder what proportion of GERD sufferers really have undiagnosed/untreated sleep apnea?

Has anyone else here been cured of their GERD? :D



Yes. Almost immediately. Aerophagia disappeared for the most part, too. Still happens very infrequently, mostly happens the first night I switch masks.


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Shin Ryoku
Unread post  Post subject: Re: Sleep Apnea and GERD/Acid-Reflux  |  Posted: Wed Nov 15, 2017 5:55 am
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I definitely feel like PAP has helped my GERD.


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Unread post  Post subject: Re: Sleep Apnea and GERD/Acid-Reflux  |  Posted: Wed Nov 15, 2017 11:55 am

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Prior to being diagnosed with sleep apnea I experienced heartburn and acid reflux, but never knew there was a relationship between the conditions. Almost immediately after starting therapy, the heartburn/acid reflux pretty much disappeared. Just one of the many positive side benefits of treating sleep apnea. Thankfully I've never experienced aerophagia!


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Unread post  Post subject: Re: Sleep Apnea and GERD/Acid-Reflux  |  Posted: Fri Dec 29, 2017 3:31 pm

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So I was reading this with interest because I am so confused by this. I have gerd/acid reflux for the past 4 or 5 yrs and no proton pump inhibitor's help whatsoever. I had 1 doctor tell me that acid reflux actually causes sleep apnea (I called my sleep doctor in a panic and asked if this was true because I actually read the opposite...the sleep doctor told me it wasn't true). Then I have read articles that said cpap would help relieve acid reflux. I asked my cardiologist and he said it won't relieve acid reflux. So still not sure because of so much conflicting opinions I asked the sleep doctor and he cpap could help relieve it. I was disappointed after 4 months of cpap that it hasn't helped. And then when I went back to the clinic the PA told me cpap does not help acid reflux. I am truly confused and just switched to bipap and still have a twinge of hope that many of the symptoms I am suffering from will become better. This subject is a special concern for me because I watched my Dad die from esophagus cancer and it is now my deepest fear. Can anybody tell me the latest findings on this because I read conflicting articles on the subject and even experts tell me conflicting views? PS my Dad did have severe sleep apnea and was helped instantly by cpap (he said it was like night and day) while I never felt better on cpap. He also said he never had acid reflux , but his oncologist said it must have been silent heartburn (I wish mine were silent). Anyways am fairly new to the forum so reading all these posts I can. I hope I don't annoy you all.


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Silent Snootch
Unread post  Post subject: Re: Sleep Apnea and GERD/Acid-Reflux  |  Posted: Wed Jan 24, 2018 2:44 pm
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BillyHW wrote:
Just to update on this thread, my GERD is pretty much completely gone now on CPAP.

I wonder what proportion of GERD sufferers really have undiagnosed/untreated sleep apnea?

Has anyone else here been cured of their GERD? :D



This is very interesting to hear. Once I get my machine and start therapy, I will be really curious if it curbs or removes any symptoms. At one time, I was diagnosed with Barrett's Esophagus. The past few Endoscopic tests has not shown the doctor that it's there anymore, so I am relieved, but if my GERD got out of control, it could easily return again. With CPAP therapy, I hope I can be like you and lose the GERD completely.


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