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Old 09-14-2003, 05:26 PM   #1
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I was recently diagnosed with air obstructive sleep apnea and very recently developed GERD. After researching the two illnesses, I found several studies that concluded there was a direct connection between GERD and those diagnosed with Apnea. I am puzzled that 3 doctors I've seen never mentioned it. Studies I read also found that once the apnea problem was solved, the GERD simply went away. Has anyone heard of this?

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Old 09-14-2003, 06:02 PM   #2
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I didn't know that. I just had a sleep study done this year, for maigrains. I didn't know that GERD could be part of it. The doctor just told me to sleep on my sides not on my back. Thank for the info.

Old 09-15-2003, 03:41 AM   #3
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Not sure how severe the obstructive apnea has to be (from snoring etc), but apparently the action of stopping breathing, then suddenly gasping for air, can cause the valve to open at inappropriate times, letting acid flow into the esophagus. If they found you had apnea, even if it was mild, and you also have acid reflux and migraines, I don't think I would have been satisfied with a doctor's solution of just sleeping on my side.

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