I'm a 66 year old male in pretty good health. For the last 10 years I've been having these nausea 'episodes' where I won't fell well for days or sometimes even weeks at a time. Not really sick, I just don't feel well. No energy, can't think straight so I can't get anything done.
Then I get what I call 'attacks' (maybe 5 times a year) where the nausea is so extreme I have to lie down and within 10 minutes I'm actually paralyzed with the nausea. Can't get up, even if the house was on fire. It gradually recedes and after about an hour I'm able to finally get up.
My doctor had me do a sleep test which I sent off this morning.
I'm wondering if sleep apnea could be the cause of these episodes and attacks? Has anyone else had these nausea episodes caused by slep apnea??
Your doctor might also refer you to an ENT specialist who may find an inner ear problem that is causing vertigo or nausea. Disorders in the throat can also affect the gag reflex. ENT specialists can also be helpful in evaluating sleep apnea. I would not rule out sleep apnea as a possible cause of nausea, but it isn't one of the common symptoms that I'm aware of.
This is a not uncommon symptom of depression. And depression is a known result of apnea. So there is a clear link, just not a direct one. Treating apnea often greatly improves the symptoms of depression, it did for me.