Originally Posted by CindyinAtl
...So, my question to you folks is, did your perceivable symptoms come on suddenly like this? Also, if I have this, am I doomed to always have it?
My perceivable symptoms existed when I was a child, occurred over the last 40 years, but disappeared almost overnight when I began cpap treatment for my sleep apnea. I eat my heaviest meals at night (sometimes before bedtime), and eat lots of spicy and acidy foods, which I love. I no longer take medication for acid, for apnea, or for anything else.
My reflux was severe prior to cpap (I would wake up and vomit or have coughing fits and vomit). I was on prescription anti acids/ppis for over 20 years...my sleep specialist told me that acid reflux is a red flag for sleep apnea and that if you treat the apnea, often the reflux diminishes or goes away. My reflux went away.
Based on what you've said, you may have only recently developed apnea and the cause might very likely have been the gain in weight (note: not all apnea is caused by a gain in weight). If weight gain was the cause, weight loss "may" cure your apnea and your reflux.
Cindy, the wedge pillow may alleviate the sleep apnea.