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CPAP & Heartburn / GERD
#1
Hi,
First off thanks for all the great advice I've gotten from the folks here, it helped a lot !! Thanks

When I first started I had been given the wrong mask by a poor excuse for a DME company. Now that I am with a great DME company, I'm sleeping 8+ hours a night, my AHI is down below 4 every night {still a few clusters in REM sleep}, and I'm feeling more rested. I've been on the new mask about 3 weeks now. A week ago my wife pointed out I had been drinking much more milk than normal, that was when I realized I was pounding the milk to help with the heartburn / GERD. My heartburn has been well under control with a prescribed PPI for years.
Has anyone else seen an increase in either GERD or heartburn since using CPAP? Early on, I did need to lower the pressure due to Aerophagia and those symptoms seem much better.
Thanks !!
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#2
First, milk actually can make GERD worse in some people. The fact that you have GERD already, I would check with your regular doctor. In my case, it turned out not to be worse GERD but a pulled muscle. In the meantime, write down what you eat and drink and the quantity and try a wedge raise up your upper body if you sleep on your back. If you sleep on your side , chances are it'll make your back hurt. You have to raise the front of the bed and that is a bit more complicated. The list will help the doc eliminate some possibilities.
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#3
You can try raising the head of your bed a few inches. That helped me a lot.
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(08-31-2015, 03:49 PM)Let Me Sleep Wrote: I realized I was pounding the milk to help with the heartburn / GERD. My heartburn has been well under control with a prescribed PPI for years.
Has anyone else seen an increase in either GERD or heartburn since using CPAP?

I suffered with this problem for years & it was made worse by CPAP. My Doc prescribed "Ranitidine" (Zantac) night & morning. The GERD went away from the first tablet & as long as I continue taking them, It won't return. Available over the counter this drug, unlike others, like Nexium or Somac, is renal friendly.
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