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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Why do I have symptoms of heartburn, shortness of breath and heart palpitations?

Query: Hi doctor,I notice some palpitations in my heart. I have heartburn at random times. I have shortness of breath. I start to have a cough when I lie down at night and I tend to choke easily if I lie flat on my back. I have done some tests. The results came back normal and clear. I have done a chest X-...  Read Full »


Dr. Penchala Prasad Kandikattu

General Medicine Physician, Internal Medicine Physician

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. The possible causes of your symptoms are acid reflux, nocturnal asthmatic attacks, orthopnea seen in heart failure, and obstructive sleep apnea. You need to do TMT (treadmill test), echocardiogram, polysomnography, serum pro-BNP (pro-B type natriuretic peptide), and...  Read Full »

Do psychological problems appear secondary to sleep apnea?

Query: Hello doctor, I am suffering from sleep apnea and some psychological problems. I strongly suspect that the two are related and that sleep apnea is causing psychological problems. About four years back, I was diagnosed with sleep apnea when the AHI was around 30. Gradually, my weight increased over...  Read Full »


Dr. Ashok Kumar Choudhary

Andrologist, General Practitioner, Geriatrician, Psychiatrist, Psychologist Counsellor, Psychotherapist, Sexologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I read your query and understood your concerns. With available details, it is almost transparent that you are suffering from sleep apnea and secondary mixed anxiety-depressive disorder (MADD), which means sleep apnea itself causes anxiety and mood depression. Now regar...  Read Full »

How is obstructive sleep apnea treated?

Query: Hi doctor, My daughter had a sleep study and she was diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea and some other apnea also. She is not taking medications. I believe that she called it as central. I ordered an oxygen monitor as she was unable to breathe properly. I do not know what to do. In the last h...  Read Full »


Dr. Sandeep Shrestha

ENT Otolaryngologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. As your daughter is having apneic spells, it is better to consult a doctor soon to get treatment. The different causes for obstructive sleep apnea are enlarged adenoid, enlarged tonsil, enlarged turbinates, deviated nasal septum, or a large tongue. As you believe it...  Read Full »

How does a CPAP machine work to treat sleep apnea?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 41-year-old male. My height 5'11''(180 cms) and weight is about 115 kg. I was diagnosed with sleep apnea about five years back. During the sleep test, the AHI (apnea-hypopnoea index) recorded was around 35. Now I use the ResMed Escape Auto CPAP (continuous positive airway press...  Read Full »


Dr. Anshul Varshney

Criticalcare Physician, Diabetologist, General Medicine Physician, Internal Medicine Physician, Medical Gastroenterologist, Nephrologist, Pulmonologist, Rheumatologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. So, for sleep apnea, I will not tell you theoretical points. Instead, I will help you with practical solutions only. We have the following options: 1. If you are overweight, just reduce it. Reduce 20% of your weight, and you would probably even not require a CPAP...  Read Full »

Can mouth guard prevent snoring?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 34-year-old male. My weight is 105 kg. I snore a lot during winters, and it disturbs the sleep of my family as well. I had been trying to lose weight but not successful. I read that mouthguard can help in reducing the snoring. Please advise.  Read Full »


Dr. Syed Tehmid

ENT Otolaryngologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Snoring is a problem that may be associated with other symptoms of sleep apnea. There can be several causes of snoring, which include obstruction right from the nose to the throat. If you do not have other sleep apnea symptoms, snoring may be attended to by simple me...  Read Full »

What possible diagnosis can cause palpitations, dizziness, hot face, and poor memory?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 31-year-old male. I have been suffering from heart palpitations, dizziness, gasping for air upon falling asleep, and horrible fatigue. I recently started having a poor appetite, and I get a hot feeling in my face. Also, I get these times where I have poor memory and spaced out ...  Read Full »


Dr. Penchala Prasad Kandikattu

General Medicine Physician, Internal Medicine Physician

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through all investigations. All reports are looking normal (attachment removed to protect patient identity).Do you take alcohol or caffeinated drinks regularly? Do you suffer from anemia? Possible causes of your symptoms may be anxiety neurosis, obstructive...  Read Full »

What should I do to correct my sleep apnea with high BP?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 51-year-old male. I am a former athlete and continue to lift five to six days a week. Last year, I was diagnosed with high BP (175/115). This was due to TRT, which I immediately stopped (it has been a year since I have used any TRT). I was on Amlodipine 5 mg, yet that did not h...  Read Full »


Dr. Vandana Patidar

Psychiatrist, Psychotherapist, Psychologist Counsellor, Sleep Medicine Physician

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Yes, looking at your weight, it is a possibility that you have sleep apnea issues. I suppose with home sleep study, the doctor should be able to start a medicine. Mattresses usually do not matter, but yes, you should avoid using a pillow because that inclination ...  Read Full »

Can anxiety cause breathlessness?

Query: Hello doctor, Three years ago, on Christmas Eve, I was traveling to my sister's home about 45 minutes from my home. My grandmother gave me a peppermint and as I swallowed it felt as if a piece got stuck in my throat. I got a strong sensation that I could not breathe. When I reached my sister's home,...  Read Full »


Dr. Salah Saad Shoman

General Medicine Physician, Internal Medicine Physician

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have the following recommendations to you. If you really want to help yourself, then start immediately. Quit smoking immediately. Follow a healthy diet and start losing weight. Initially, start with a 10 minute physical exercise and increase it gradually. By that,...  Read Full »

Can I opt for minor surgery to help my sleep apnea?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 24-year-old male. I take Xanax 500 mcg, Pregabalin 600 mg, Lansoprazole 30 mg OD, Sertraline 100 mg, Sumatriptan 50 mg, Piriton OD, and Propranolol 40 mg TDS, and I am taking all these medications for quite an extended period. I am taking Prednisolone 30 mg OD, Co-Amoxiclav 50...  Read Full »


Dr. Aida Quka

Neurologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Your symptoms are suggestive of sleep apnea. For this reason, I would agree with Modafinil therapy. But before that, I would recommend performing pulmonary function tests and a polysomnogram to confirm this diagnosis. I would not recommend the regular intake of Xana...  Read Full »

Does sleep apnea cause fatal complications during wisdom tooth extraction?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 27 years old male. I have two wisdom teeth in my lower jaw, which is impacted. And because of this, I suffer from TMJ pain. On my left side, I feel constant pressure or numbness with a formation of a small ball-like bulge seen slightly above the gums. I assume that “bumpy&rd...  Read Full »


Dr. Bharat Joshi

Dentist, Periodontist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. First of all, do not worry about the problem. You have TMJ (temperomandibular joint) problem, and the treatment is different for that. On the left side, you have pericoronitis, and on the right side, you have impacted teeth. Secondarily, you are taking medicine, whic...  Read Full »

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