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burning in lungs
Does anyone else have long term intermittent or daily burning type pain in their lungs? I use to just have it on days where I had a really bad apnea night and now I think its near constant.... does anyone else have this?
02-26-2014 12:52 AM
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RE: burning in lungs
See your doctor ... don,t assume everything CPAP related, can be caused by variety of reasons and conditions
02-26-2014 01:09 AM
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RE: burning in lungs
(02-26-2014 12:52 AM)jamica5555 Wrote:  Does anyone else have long term intermittent or daily burning type pain in their lungs? I use to just have it on days where I had a really bad apnea night and now I think its near constant.... does anyone else have this?
Yes, you need to be evaluated for this. From here, it sounds like reflux disease. Not really pain "in the lungs," but quite a pain nonetheless. If that's what it is, it can be corrected reasonably easy in the early stages. You just don't want it to permanently screw around with your esophagus.
02-26-2014 12:20 PM
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RE: burning in lungs
(02-26-2014 12:20 PM)retired_guy Wrote:  
(02-26-2014 12:52 AM)jamica5555 Wrote:  Does anyone else have long term intermittent or daily burning type pain in their lungs? I use to just have it on days where I had a really bad apnea night and now I think its near constant.... does anyone else have this?
Yes, you need to be evaluated for this. From here, it sounds like reflux disease. Not really pain "in the lungs," but quite a pain nonetheless. If that's what it is, it can be corrected reasonably easy in the early stages. You just don't want it to permanently screw around with your esophagus.


I actually had an endoscopy done a few months back and I do have reflux but am on meds for it and it doesn't feel like the same issue. In fact it actually is alleviated by ibuprofen so I am not sure if it is just a pleurisy type issue or something new I don't know about. I don't have a doctor right now so that's my issue.... I am not sure if it would be a waste of time to go to an urgent care or the sleep doctor especially because I had mentioned this to him before and he didn't have anything to say about it that was helpful.
02-26-2014 11:58 PM
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RE: burning in lungs
I've had burning in my throat, lungs, etc. for many years. It varies a lot in how severe, how often, etc. I've spent lots of money on doctors and test, with no real answers, including reflux.

I do encourage you to ask your doctor, because it could be something dangerous or easily treated.

I found that increasing my minimum APAP pressure above the level that essentially eliminates my AHI seems to reduce this quite a bit.

i.e. My AHI is essentially zero if my pressure is 12-20, but if I increase it to 16-20, I don't get as much burning. YMMV.

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02-27-2014 02:44 AM
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(02-27-2014 02:44 AM)archangle Wrote:  I've had burning in my throat, lungs, etc. for many years. It varies a lot in how severe, how often, etc. I've spent lots of money on doctors and test, with no real answers, including reflux.

I do encourage you to ask your doctor, because it could be something dangerous or easily treated.

I found that increasing my minimum APAP pressure above the level that essentially eliminates my AHI seems to reduce this quite a bit.

i.e. My AHI is essentially zero if my pressure is 12-20, but if I increase it to 16-20, I don't get as much burning. YMMV.


thanks for the idea maybe its my pressure... I do feel like my case would end up like yours with no answers alot of my issues have been that way and I have given up on alot of them
02-28-2014 02:25 AM
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RE: burning in lungs
jamica I have had these problems also, my experience is that there is a difference between PAP chest pains and GERD type pains.

I now take "Betaine Hydrochloride with pepsin" with each meal and it has helped enormously. Not many doctors appear know that most people that have gastric reflux actually have low stomach acid (Achlorhydria), and without even testing your esophageal and/or stomach ph they give you meds to further lower your stomach acid and this can cause a cascade of side effect medical problems.
It is important to know whether your stomach acid ph is low or high before you can remedy the problem, [commercial website link removed per Apnea Board rules]
I am not advocating that you don't see a doctor, far from it, what I do recommend is that you need to arm yourself with information. When you do see your doctor that sent you for the Gastroscopy that you had done you need to ask him/her what the ph level of your stomach acid was. I'll bet they didn't do this test, if they don't have the ph results then why would you be prescribed ppt's or antacids?
You also will be interested in this http://www.drugs.com/sfx/ibuprofen-side-effects.html

I also had PAP induced sore chest intermittently, any increases that I made to my pressure to reduce my AHI had to be small, after 2 or 3 nights these chest pains would ease and I would then increase the pressure .2 cmHO again, and repeat the cycle again. 40 + years a smoker, and still luv'n it, do you smoke?

I suggest you learn as much about CPAP use and discuss your problem with your sleep specialist (also your doctor), you need to know as much info as possible so that you can ask the right questions and not fobbed off with BS...

I had to learn because I had been misdiagnosed for years.

I wish you good luck and good health,


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02-28-2014 04:52 AM
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RE: burning in lungs
(02-28-2014 04:52 AM)comatose Wrote:  I now take "Betaine Hydrochloride with pepsin" with each meal and it has helped enormously. Not many doctors appear know that most people that have gastric reflux actually have low stomach acid (Achlorhydria), and without even testing your esophageal and/or stomach ph they give you meds to further lower your stomach acid and this can cause a cascade of side effect medical problems.


I took Nexium for many, many years. Medical doctors do not recognize low stomach acid. The symptoms are the same as high stomach acid. I went to a naturopath for my multiple food sensitivities and she put me on hydrochloric acid and within about a month I was so much better. I've been off Nexium for over a year now and have not looked back.
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RE: burning in lungs
I had some mild lung "soreness" when I started APAP. Remember when you were a kid and after spending all day at the swimming pool it kinda hurt to take a deep breath?

If your pain is significant it could be Pleurisy or something else. I would call your PCP.
03-01-2014 06:35 PM
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