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Surgery and Sleep Apnea

Has the surgery helped or fixed your sleep apnea?
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  Hi ...not everyone with chiari has sleep apnea. But I do know a few that were dx'd post op....so surgery is not a cure for that...but, u would have to talk to someone with this dx to know how it did affect them.

  Do u have this dx?

   "selma'
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Yes, I was diagnosed with sleep apnea earlier this year.  They were surprised.  They said I did not have the "throat" of a sleep apnea person, I'm thin, non-smoker, no drugs, don't snore, don't sleep with my mouth open etc.  They thought it was just narcolepsy but did the 2 sleep studies and said sleep apnea in addition.  I have no obstructive, no central, no hypopnea's but had quite a bit RERA's (respiratory effected related arousals).  The RERA's I believe mainly mean that I didn't suffer a full obstruction but my oxygen levels dropped low enough for my body to wake me up to breathe.  So I had 185 of these in 6 hours.  However, a cpap machine has not really helped.  I've used it properly for months and still had 115 RERA's in 6 hours.  
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  There is a Dr Park on Medhelp and he is  always posting about sleep apnea, he might be able to answer some of ur questions......http://www.medhelp.org/posts/Sleep-Apnea---Disorders/FYI-sleep-apnea-remedy/show/712653

http://www.medhelp.org/doctor_profiles/show/645869

I hope u get some answers...and please share with us what u find out!

    "selma"
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