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[Health] Nasal snoring/apnea, please help!
#1
About ten years ago, I had the surgery to straighten out the S-curve in my nasal passage and removed the soft palate in my throat. That worked fairly well for some time, but recently I've began snoring heavily again and occasionally choking myself awake with the tissue where my nasal passage enters the throat i think.

I typically breath well through my nose at night, i believe. I think the tissue is relaxing excessively.

I'm a male, mid 40's, 6' tall, 185 pounds and exercise intensely 3-4 days a week.

What could help out with this nasal snoring and apnea? elevate my head and shoulders on a wedge? I sleep almost exclusively on my back, side is uncomfortable for some reason. I can take flonase, in fact i have a bottle, but haven't taken it regularly - something required for effectiveness i think.

Thanks in advance, I'm exhausted!
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#2
snooze, Welcome to Apnea Board!

I've heard that a soft palate if removed when younger can grow back...to what degree, I don't know. This may have happened. Have you seen an ENT to discuss this issue?

You could try a wedge, but doubt it would make a difference. The big question here is....have you had a sleep study done and how long ago?

The only proven treatment that I know of for sleep apnea is Cpap therapy.

See an ENT or a sleep specialist and get a study scheduled.

Good luck and keep us posted.
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#3
Other than sleeping on your side, some sort of CPAP therapy is probably what you need. You will need a sleep study for that.

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#4
Thanks for the reply!

I have a sleep study scheduled for late july, the earliest I could get in. Just hoping there is something to mitigate the effects in the mean time. I don't think the tissue has grown back, I can't even make a snoring sound effect with my throat like i could pre-surgery. My nasal passage into the throat seems to be the culprit. Maybe I'm snorting too much in clearing my nose and it inflames that tissue?
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#5
Hi snooze. That's great that you're going to have a sleep study. Inflamed tissue in your airway can make things worse. Esophageal reflux is a big cause of that. Don't know if that's a problem for you.

I'm not sure about the benefits of Flonase or other steroidal nasal sprays if you don't have noticeable sinus congestion.

Trying to figure out a way to sleep comfortably on your side is probably the biggest thing you can do right now to decrease the snoring and choking. A body pillow might help. They're kind of weird at first if you've never used one, but they provide good support for you to rest against.

Sleep monitoring apps like SleepBot or any of the many out there are good to let you hear what you sound like while you're sleeping. If you make a change like side sleeping, they'll give you an idea how much it helps.

(06-27-2016, 05:40 PM)snooze Wrote: Thanks for the reply!

I have a sleep study scheduled for late july, the earliest I could get in. Just hoping there is something to mitigate the effects in the mean time. I don't think the tissue has grown back, I can't even make a snoring sound effect with my throat like i could pre-surgery. My nasal passage into the throat seems to be the culprit. Maybe I'm snorting too much in clearing my nose and it inflames that tissue?

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#6
snooze,
Do you have a recliner? That may help out, but I know from experience that can get old after awhile, but worth a try.

The suggestion above to try a body pillow is a good idea and may help you to be comfortable on your side.
When you lay on your back, the soft tissue at the back of your throat will relax and close off your airway. That is what causes the snoring.

You can also try breath right nasal strips. They are a pain to remove in the morning, but they do help open up the nasal passages.

Well, July is almost here, so you don't have too long to wait for your study.
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#7
Hi snooze,
WELCOME! to the forum.!
Hopefully, you can find a way to sleep on your side 'till your study.
Much success to you.
trish6hundred
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#8
Yes, sleeping on a wedge may help. Using a nasal rinse prior to bed may as well. If the tissues are inflamed, it will help soothe them.

Please let us know how the study goes.
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#9
I'm with you though, snooze, in not being able to sleep on my side. I get nasty muscle cramps (that last for weeks) in my shoulder blades when I sleep on my side, so I've been a back sleeper only for more than 40 years. I'm told I have wide shoulders.

Empathy, but no further suggestions here. Sad
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