CPAP is continuous positive airway pressure therapy. This therapy is used in patients with sleep apnea. CPAP has a machine that gives continuous mild air pressure to keep the airways open during sleep. The machine consists of a mask, tube, and motor.
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My son is feeling sleepy all the time. What is his problem?
Query: Hi doctor,My son of 23 years is feeling sleepy all the time, walks while sleeping, sleeps while standing and falls asleep while traveling in a car. He has concentration problems and very irritable. He is overweight. Of late, even his speech is not very clear. What is the problem? Which specialty doc... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Does he snore? Is he having problems like interrupted sleep, morning headaches? Is his TSH normal? Most likely, he is having sleep apnea. It is a condition characterized by temporary cessation of respiration in sleep leading to interrupted sleep, low oxygen levels ... Read Full »
Why do I have excessive daytime sleepiness? How to treat it?
Query: Hi doctor, I am a 16-year-old female. My weight is 85 kilograms, and I have a height of 5 feet 3 inch. I have excessive daytime sleepiness for the past three years. It got started in me before three years, and my parents took me to the local GP immediately. They did blood tests and told that I have... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. You have obstructive sleep apnea. Please say about other symptoms whether you had snoring, interrupted sleep, unrefreshed sleep, and morning headaches. If you had these symptoms, it supports the diagnosis. It is a condition characterized by obstruction of upper airway esp... Read Full »
A male with muscle spasms is tired and sleepy throughout the day. What could this be?
Query: Hello doctor,This is regarding a male aged 48 with high blood pressure, diabetes, sleep apnea, and overweight. He has muscle spasms or shakes, drops things because of this, cannot stay awake during the day. It affects his driving and family life. He can nap for a few hours and when he gets up falls ... Read Full »
Dr. Mahmoud Ahmed Abdelrahman Abouibrahim
Answer: Hello,Welcome to icliniq.com.It is clear that he has obstructive sleep apnea which causes interrupted sleep during the night due to obstruction of the nasopharyngeal air flow. As a consequence, he becomes sleepy in the daytime. Confirmation of the diagnosis requires: Polysomnography. Over the night ... Read Full »
Is there a permanent cure for obstructive sleep apnea?
Query: Hello doctor, I was diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea and secondary pulmonary hypertension two years back. I am using a CPAP but, not too regularly now. When sleeping, I often feel a blockage of my air passage, especially while exhaling, as if suddenly clogged by some tissues. This would repeat... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. We need to find your apnea score. You must have done polysomnography before using the CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine. Kindly share the reports so that we can know your apnea score. OSA (obstructive sleep apnea) can be treated by the surgical re... Read Full »
I suffer from positional sleep apnea, which occurs when my neck collapses during sleep and narrows my airway. Is there anything I can do to help my neck relax while I sleep?
Query: Hello doctor, I suffer from positional sleep apnea. My neck collapses (falls to the side) during REM sleep and narrows my airway. It is causing me to have a lot of anxiety and weakness during the day. In addition, I have shortness of breath when doing anything strenuous. I believe the high CO2 level... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. While CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine is often the first-line treatment for OSA (obstructive sleep apnea), it may not be effective in all cases, especially if the collapse of the airway is due to anatomical factors such ... Read Full »
I am a 24-year-old male with untreated sleep apnea for two years. Will this affect my cognitive abilities?
Query: Hello doctor,I am a 24-year-old male with mild to moderate untreated sleep apnea for two years. Will my cognitive abilities (ability to think, learn and concentrate) return to baseline after the initiation of CPAP therapy, or will there always be some permanent deficit? I took the Covid vaccine thre... Read Full »
Dr. Saraswat Kumarshri Shriniwas
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I do not see any reason for your cognitive abilities not to return to baseline after treatment for obstructive sleep apnea. The first thing to do would be to confirm obstructive sleep apnea and get proper AHI (apnea-hypopnea index) from a polysomnography study. I wou... Read Full »
I have been using a CPAP machine for severe sleep apnea for a month, but I have difficulty in breathing and congestion. Is it due to pneumonia?
Query: Hello doctor, I have fibromyalgia and have been using a CPAP machine for my severe sleep apnea for a month and seeing a respiratory therapist once a week. Yesterday she increased my CPAP pressure to 9.5 from 8.6. I struggled to sleep last night, but I think just from insomnia, not from the increase ... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. The increased pressure of the CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine may have caused the soreness in the lungs. If pneumonia is suspected there will be fever, cough, sputum, and rapid breathing. And also mention how severe is your fibromyalgia pain. The ... Read Full »
My heart rate increases with exertion. Should I be worried?
Query: Hi doctor, I have a severe doctor phobia. I am unable to go in for care, but I need to understand something happening better and if it is normal for my health. I had an episode of something a couple of months ago. I got extremely sick, started vomiting and sweating horribly, has chills and massivel... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. First of all, there is no need to worry and relieve your anxiety. In all probabilities, you are having obstructive sleep apnea as all your data fits into it. Do you have any symptoms like snoring, interrupted sleep, unrefreshing sleep, morning headaches, daytime sleepi... Read Full »
What is the reason for chest pain after using CPAP?
Query: Hi doctor, I have obstructive sleep apnea and using CPAP for a year. I feel chest pain in the mornings. The same kind of pain is felt whenever I sleep without the mask. My BP, sugar and ECGs were tested before six months back and they were normal. What is the cause and remedy? Read Full »
Dr. Amol Kumar Wasudeorao Diwan
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. OSA that is obstructive sleep apnea happens when something partly or completely blocks your upper airway during sleep. The common symptoms of the disease are snoring and intermittent pauses in your breathing during sleep, daytime sleepiness, difficulty in ... Read Full »
Is it true that highly-polluted particulate matter is a contributing factor to OSA?
Query: Hello doctor, I am diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea. The sleep study test was done to confirm the same. I am usually exposed to highly polluted particulate matter, which I have read in multiple medical studies as a contributing factor to OSA. I am also diagnosed with Odontoideum, straightening... Read Full »
Answer: Hello,Welcome to icliniq.com.You are diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA). The symptoms that you have already mentioned are the typical features of OSA. Several studies have shown the linkage between OSA and exposure to the chemicals and fumes of burn pits. Toxins from burn pits may relax t... Read Full »