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[CPAP] Uncomfortable Stomach
07-16-2014, 12:13 PM
Hello everyone, I am having trouble with bloating in my stomach .I have read a few post on here but they mention belching and gas that doesn't seem to be my problem . My problem is more bloat and stomach is very hard and uncomfortable. I was diagnosed about 3 years ago . since then my stomach has been getting worse and I gained about 30 lbs .i was under the assumption once you started on [/size][/font] you lost some weight? I am not sure of what is going on but if anyone has any advice please feel free to comment . Thanks
07-16-2014, 02:14 PM
Welcome to the forum, fea024.
That sounds like the "aerophagia" that many of us CPAPers suffer from. Have you asked your doctor?
Sometimes we get air into our stomach. When we say "gas," that may mean gas as in belching, bloating, or gas as in coming out the other end. Does belching relieve your bloating symptoms?
There are lots of threads on aerophagia here with some things to try.
If your machine does "Flex", that may help you with aerophagia. We need to know more about your machine. Under the display, does it say "REMstar blahblahblah?" What does it say after REMstar?
I presume you're asking about CPAP helping with weight loss. Apnea causes weight gain in some people, and CPAP can reduce that effect and let you lose weight. However, not everyone loses weight on CPAP.
07-16-2014, 02:27 PM
(07-16-2014, 12:13 PM)fea024 Wrote: since then my stomach has been getting worse and I gained about 30 lbs .i was under the assumption once you started on ??? you lost some weight? I am not sure of what is going on but if anyone has any advice please feel free to comment
not to sound alarmist here, but have you been to your regular doctor about your stomach?
I had a friend who had similar issues, gained weight, very tight, hard abdomen, and it turned out he was having congestive heart failure, and the tightness in his abdomen was related to water retention.
since he's started treatment for that, he's peed out over 30 lbs of water, he told me that at the heart clinic, they told him that they have seen people with over 50lbs of excess fluid.
what machine are you using, specifically? (take the tank out of the humidifier and turn it over, look for a REF number and post it here, we'll help you deciper which it is.
you say you're using other software, which? does it let you see a waveflow? do you see a lot of central apneas?
07-16-2014, 03:30 PM
WELCOME! to the forum.!
I can't add any more to the great advice you have gotten so far, but hang in there for more responses to your post and best of luck to you.
07-16-2014, 03:45 PM
Welcome to the forum!
Below are a few threads touching on this issue.
Hope they help.
07-16-2014, 04:46 PM
Go to your regular GP and get a work up. You've been on CPAP for 3yrs and unless you've made a change to the pressure, mask, or a change in how you are sleeping, aerophagia would be odd to be appearing now or to be "slowly getting worse" over the course of 3 yrs.
Using a CPAP does not cause weight loss. It may help because of the increased energy level, sure. One study actually showed that people with sleep apnea burn less calories during sleep using a CPAP than they did without one.
In case you do want to do a search for aerophagia, here's how to do a forum search:
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