Sleep Apnea

A sleep disorder, where a person's breathing repeatedly stops and starts while asleep, is called sleep apnea. The characteristic signs and symptoms of sleep apnea are loud snoring and daytime tiredness even after a goodnight's rest. The types of sleep apnea are obstructive sleep apnea, central sleep apnea, and complex sleep apnea syndrome.

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Can balancing issue occur due to vestibular lesion or cervical myelopathy?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 45 year old male. My weight is 96 kg and height is 184 cm. I have severe sleep apnea and minor CAD with hypertension. I am facing problems of imbalance and lightheadedness. This started some six months back. Then, I was diagnosed with an uncompensated vestibular lesion. After a wh...  Read Full »


Dr. Berry Chirag Ashok

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. From the information you gave me, it looks like your imbalance is due to a condition called cervical myelopathy. The examination findings of your spine specialist also correlate with your diagnosis. This happens when there is undue pressure or compression of the ...  Read Full »

Are sleep apnea and heart failure associated with Crohn's disease?

Query: Hello doctor, Crohn's was an assumed cause for symptoms (bloody stool, abdominal pain) I was experiencing for the past two and a half years. Unfortunately, I was never officially diagnosed due to my negligence in receiving follow-up care. Almost ten months back, I was diagnosed with acute congestive...  Read Full »


Dr. Navajith A. Mani

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I am sorry you have to suffer this way. Please do not worry. Would untreated Crohn's disease be the cause of my heart failure? The answer is no. You can control the symptoms of heart failure like sleep apnea with the following measures. I suggest you 1. Control your bl...  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 »


Dr. Shyam Kalyan. N

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 removal...  Read Full »

Can my mouth breathing habit lead to sleep apnea?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 19. I am partly a mouth breather since childhood. I mean, I breathe through my mouth only while sleeping. Is it harmful? Will I get sleep apnea? I am a thin guy with no snoring issues.  Read Full »


Dr. Shaikh Sadaf

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I just read your query about mouth breathing. I would like to say that yes, eventually it causes enlarged tonsils as well as adenoids, and causes a nasal obstruction leading to obstructive sleep apnea. It can happen in any body type. If your nose is blocked b...  Read Full »

I started snorning and have gained weight. What can I do?

Query: Hello doctor, I started snoring like three months ago. I sleep less now. The only lifestyle change is I gained 5 kg weight. Could snoring be the first symptom of ALS? Please help. Thank you.  Read Full »


Dr. Aida Abaz Quka

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. You should know that weight gain can lead to snoring and sleep apnea (a disorder caused by low oxygen during sleep). Snoring is not a symptom of ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), but the obstruction of the airways causes it, probably caused by the weight gain. If ...  Read Full »

My sleep is very disturbed. Is this anxiety-related?

Query: Hello doctor,This all began about two and a half months ago when I went through an extremely stressful period. I started having trouble sleeping. The stressful period has long passed, but my sleep still is not back to normal. For the past six to eight weeks, I can easily fall asleep but wake up ever...  Read Full »


Dr. Saraswat Kumarshri Shriniwas

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. This is known as an inability to maintain sleep wherein falling asleep and waking is unaltered, but multiple sleep breaks occur. You describe it as being recent in onset, persistent, started after a very stressful period, and most importantly, you are not feeling f...  Read Full »

I snore and gasp for air at night. What to do?

Query: Hello doctor,I had a sleep study test, and I showed the CPAP test to the Respiratory therapist. The RT said my study was qualified. I took this as I continued to gasp for air and snore at night, disturbing my boyfriend. Also, I feel tired through out the day. Currently, I am taking tablet Lexapro an...  Read Full »


Dr. Saraswat Kumarshri Shriniwas

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. I have gone through your sleep study reports (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity). Your AHI (apnea-hypopnea index) is less than five, which is normal. It does not qualify for being labeled as sleep apnea. CPAP (contin...  Read Full »

Kindly review my reports and help me know the cause of my sleep apnea?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 59-year-old male. For decades, I have been struggling with chronic pain and fatigue, which naturally was making my sleep significantly disrupted. Last week, I did a sleep apnea test, and they diagnosed me with moderate to severe sleep apnea. The doctor said that my age and med...  Read Full »


Dr. Sugreev Singh

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thank you for writing, and I can understand your concern. I have gone through your reports, and your sleep apnea is mild only (attachments removed to protect the patient’s identity). It is not related to the ENT issue. In contrast, it needs neurological ass...  Read Full »

Please advise on how to stop taking Metoprolol safely.

Query: Hello doctor,I am a 49-year-old male. My height is 6'1", and my weight is 309 lbs. I have been diagnosed with sleep apnea. I have had atrial fibrillation in the past, but that was related to alcohol withdrawal. I quit alcohol four years ago. I have also started to eat healthy, trying to exercise, an...  Read Full »


Dr. Muhammad Zohaib Siddiq

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. You have the following issues: 1) High blood pressure. 2) Obstructive sleep apnea. 3) Suspicion of atrial fibrillation. For high blood pressure (BP), you can continue taking tablet Lisinopril. Along with it, do regular exercise, lose weight, avoid alc...  Read Full »

Can a mild rise in blood pressure be controlled with exercise without taking any medication?

Query: Hello doctor, My blood pressure is high. Can I reduce my blood pressure from 146/95 mmHg to normal, just with regular exercises? I started working out at the gym for an hour, both in the mornings as well as in the evenings, since the last two days. Do I still need to continue my medications?  Read Full »


Dr. Vivek Pillai

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I observe that your BMI (body mass index) is 28, which means you comes under BMI category overweight. Reducing your weight as well as getting your BMI to around 20 will directly help reduce your blood pressure. Also, check if you have a snoring problem. You c...  Read Full »

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