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What could cause breathing problems, sleep apnea, body ache, headache, restlessness during sleep, and body itching in a person?

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Answered by

Dr. Geetha Sekar

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Published At November 28, 2022
Reviewed AtOctober 6, 2023

Patient's Query

Hi doctor,

I have a breathing problem, sleep apnea, body ache, headache, restlessness during sleep, and body itching.

Answered by Dr. Geetha Sekar


Welcome to icliniq.com. The root cause of all your symptoms is your high BMI (body mass index). In general, patients with high BMI will have more fat around the neck which compresses their airways and cause sudden stoppage of breathing and snoring. Because of your poor sleep quality, you will feel tired and have a headache in the morning and throughout the day. The solution is to reduce weight, get a sleep study done and start on the CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine overnight after consulting with a sleep specialist. Do not ignore this issue because it can lead to increased sugar levels, uncontrolled blood pressure, and heart problems. The investigation to be done with a sleep study (level 1,2). The probable diagnosis can be obstructive sleep apnea. The treatment plan includes weight reduction and CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure). The preventive measures include weight reduction. Follow-up to be done after the sleep study.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Geetha Sekar
Dr. Geetha Sekar

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