Deviated septum obstructive sleep apnea

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Avatar n tn Even though 15 years have passed since I've used any cocaine at all I still have trouble clearing my sinuses properly and I occasionally blow out scabs about the size of a dime. To top it off, I have severe obstructive sleep apnea and must sleep with a CPAP machine all the time. I once looked at some cocaine powder under a microscope and it actually looks like a pile of little white razor blades! So it's no wonder we carve away at our noses when we're snorting.
Avatar dr m tn Surgical Treatment of Snoring and Obstructive Sleep Apnea. Before we get to the “meat” of the matter, a brief review is in order. Obstructive sleep apnea is a condition where one stops breathing repeatedly through the night due to obstruction in the throat area. So if untreated, it is associated with high blood pressure, depression, obesity, heart disease, as well as many other medical conditions.
Avatar f tn From the description of your anatomy, you may have had an obstructive episode, but not necessarily an apnea. If you normally like to sleep on your side or stomach, then this is even more likely. You're most likely to stop breathing while dreaming since that's when your muscles are most relaxed. If this problem becomes a bigger problem for you, or if it affects your school/job performance or your social life, consider seeing a sleep doctor.
2058275 tn?1330709749 In some cases this has led to loud snoring and even obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). OSA could cause inadequate oxygenation during sleep, putting extra stress on the heart, which has been linked to the development and worsening of atrial fibrillation (AF).
Avatar n tn By itself a deviated septum will not cause sleep apnea, but it can make sleep apnea worse. A deviated septum can block sinus drainage into the nose. This could cause sinus headaches and earaches. Surgery to correct the deviation and clear the blockage is simple and effective. Other surgery, for obstructive sleep apnea, should be considered a last resort; only after a vigorous trial of Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) has failed.
Avatar dr m tn This way they can calculate how many times you stop breathing every hour and how long for every episode. To officially get the diagnosis of obstructive sleep apnea, your apnea/hypopnea index, or the number of times you stop breathing totally or partially for greater than 10 seconds for each episode, has to be greater than 15 events every hour.
461245 tn?1219362446 You may be right in guessing about you having Sleep apnea but it is better to label so after doing a sleep study and evaluation by sleep specialist. Most of people may suffer with sleep apnea but not all face the sleep disturbance. Even your son needs to be investigated in proper manner to know the cause of his upper airway obstruction and other neurological symptoms. How is his general health? As a mother you need to give him all love and care he needs at least for few more years.
Avatar m tn I just have obstructive sleep apnea. I also have problems swallowing when awake. My throat closes up when I swallow pills or think about swallowing. I have a size 18 neck that's short. My headaches and anxiety and memory problems come and go. I can memorize a list of 20 items then forget where I parked the car. I can do math bombs at 35 a minute then struggle with addition. The problem seems to be connected to that floating feeling I get.
Avatar dr m tn The fact that 70-80% of Alzheimer’s patients have OSA is a very high figure. The minimum criteria for a sleep apnea diagnosis is 5 apneas or hypopneas per hour, and each episode has to last longer than 10 seconds. But what if someone stops breathing 25 times every hours, but wakes up only after 2 or 9 seconds? It doesn’t get counted at all! These are the people who are tried all the time and never get deep refreshing sleep, and it’s called upper airway resistance syndrome.
Avatar f tn Even if you officially don't have obstructive sleep apnea, you could still have upper airway resistance syndrome, which I describe in more detail in my other posts or on my website at
Avatar n tn This would also be aggravated by the deviated septum. Please read our obstructive sleep apnea information at to learn more.
Avatar f tn If indeed I have sleep apnea, then would you say it is best to treat that before attempting to fix the deviated septum. My deviated septum did not give me any problems until 2 years back when I developed the forward head. Are there any laser septoplasty methods?
5856747 tn?1403352282 There are three types of sleep apnoea. • Obstructive. This is by far the commonest type of sleep apnoea. There is always a history of snoring. It is if you like a progression of snoring and is caused by many factors including obesity, deviated nasal septum, chronic rhinitis, nasal polyps, smoking and alcohol excess. • Central. This is a lees common form of sleep apnoea and occurs in someone with no history of snoring or airways obstruction.
Avatar m tn Diagnoses: Obstructive Sleep Apnea (2013) Deviated septum (2013) Chronic sinusitis (2013) Airborne allergies (Oak, Grasses, Mold, etc.
Avatar f tn There's a small chance that opening up your nose will help your fatigue issues. Take a look at my article on obstructive sleep apnea and upper airway resistance syndrome.
Avatar n tn I'm a 60 year old men, in excellent health, except for experiencing tremors during sleep that wake me up and have difficulty going back to sleep. As I start to fall sleep again, I feel these "rumbleling" (tremors) around my upper body. I immediately wake up again. These tremors last for about 10-15 seconds after I wake up. The first time I experienced this condition was exactly two years ago. It lasted for about four days and it simply went away.
Avatar n tn acta oto-laryngologica, 125,3, pp298-303 (2005), combined nasal-palatopharyngeal surgery for obstructive sleep apnea. Descrbed are about 50 septum sugeries combined with a palatosurgery The authors state, that over 20% of the people who underwent surgery suffered later from pharyngeal globus. That shows a clearconnection between globus and septum/palatine!!
Avatar m tn Also, can enlarged turbinated cause or be contributors to obstructive sleep apnea or can people with enlarged turbinates be asymptomatic as far as sleep disordered breathing problems? Can you explain me kind of surgeries are available for enlarged turbinates (i.e. general anesthesia, local anesthesia, etc.) and if they are worth trying. Thanks a lot for your kindly help.
Avatar n tn My husband suffers from sleep apnea and his snoring over the past 2 years has become very challenging to sleep with. He had the pillar implants and surgery for his deviated septum and still snores a lot. He recently took a sleep test and his ENT doctor diagnosed him as still suffering from sleep apnea. Should he now go and have the Uvula removed and will this help him? He feels his nasal passages have greatly improved since the deviated septum surgery but the snoring is still a big problem.
Avatar m tn I have been diagnosed with mild obstructive sleep apnea (sleep study results are below), however, it's not clear to me that sleep apnea is causing my problem. My primary problem is brain fog (a feeling like I have not completely awakened from sleep with an inability to focus and concentrate). This is intermittent, however.
Avatar dr m tn In the above example patient, she has to sleep that long because she's not getting deep, efficient sleep. Not too surprisingly, her upper airway exam reveals severe narrowing of the space behind her tongue. This is also why she can't sleep on her back. Whenever she goes into deep sleep (when on her back), due to total muscle relaxation, she stops breathing partially and keeps waking up to light sleep, only to cycle back into deep sleep, starting the cycle all over again.
Avatar n tn Nasal obstruction has been shown to be associated with obstructive sleep apnea. When the obstruction is complete it can cause a reduction in blood oxygen levels, especially in obese individuals. But, the first order of business should be to determine the cause of the nasal obstruction and relieve it. The 2 most common causes in adolescents and adults are deviation of the nasal septum and nasal polyps, the latter often associated with chronic allergic inflammation of the nose.
Avatar m tn Obstructive sleep apnea could be the problem, have you tried not sleeping on your back? If there is obstructive tissue that can by gravity drop into you air tube you will suffocate, or more common wake up gasping for air. A simple and inexpensive recording oximeter test one night at home would provide a strong indication if you have the problem that night. You can also buy a personal oximeter for about $25.
Avatar m tn It is mild and I manage to sleep, but I'm wondering whether it's related to another problem that I have, which is a deviated septum; I haven't sleep well for YEARS and the oxygen levels in my blood are low. Could this be the cause for this hypnagogia sounds? Thank you very much.
Avatar n tn It could be sinusitis, if it is accompanied by nasal stuffiness and facial pain or pressure. Sometimes sleep disorders like obstructive sleep apnea, wherein during sleep there is an obstruction to air flow due to laxity of the throat muscles during sleep and this could cause restlessness. It also causes early morning headaches and dryness of mouth. Discuss these options with your doctor when you happen to meet him next time. Hope this helped and do keep us posted.
Avatar f tn Your symptoms could be due to a sinus infection, a cold or a chronic allergy. It could also be due to a deviated nasal septum. Sometimes it can also be due to sleep disorder called Obstructive Sleep Apnea. When a person sleeps the airways are usually patent allowing normal passage for air entry. The upper airway that is at the region of the tongue and the soft palate is the most compliant (soft) part. So, this is liable to collapse and cause airway obstruction.
Avatar dr m tn By definition everyone has a slightly crooked (deviated) nasal septum. There are various reasons for having a deviated septum, including trauma, but the most common reason is no reason at all. It’s just the way your nose developed. What’s more important than how deviated your septum is is what’s happening in front of an around your septum. Wings in Your Nose Turbinates are wing-like structures that attach to the sidewalls of the nasal cavity, opposite the midline nasal septum.
Avatar m tn Symptoms of mouth breathing and dry mouth could be due to Obstructive Sleep Apnea. When a person sleeps the airways are usually patent allowing normal passage for air entry. The upper airway that is at the region of the tongue and the soft palate is the most compliant (soft) part. So, this is liable to collapse and cause airway obstruction. As the air way collapses the lungs do not have air entry leading to deoxygenation (decreased oxygen) of blood and the person wakes up.
Avatar m tn Yours is a complicated respiratory problem with elements of asthma and (?obstructive?) sleep apnea (OSA) . Your description of the sleep apnea as “severe and crippling” along with memory and cognitive function problems suggests that the treatment of the OSA is not optimum and, in any event, the placement of a tracheostomy would not suffice as the sole treatment for OSA.