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Question 25- Could aspirating saliva into my lungs be caused by sleep apnea?

From: JS

Hello,

I have suffered from insomnia, bruxism, and fatigue for most of my life, but now I am experiencing a new problem during my sleep and was wondering if it could be sleep apnea...

I am aspirating saliva into my lungs which causes me to wake up coughing and choking... I am afraid to even try to sleep now for fear of drowning in my sleep...

please any advice is welcome thank you,

JS


Answer Provided by Sandman
October 15, 2008

Sounds like apnea to me.

Sleep apnea creates a negative pressure in the airway which could suck fluid into the lungs. This doesn't typically happen, however, if the closure for your lungs isn't working perfectly and if you have a large negative pressure, fluid could be sucked in.

Sleep apnea can cause insomnia and also causes bruxism and fatigue. You have probably had apnea most of your life.

Sleep apnea gets worse as we age and at some point we know it is time to get help. This looks like your point. You should see a sleep specialist asap, your description sounds like severe OSA.

Best wishes and Sweet dreams,

Sandman

Disclaimer, I am not an MD and my opinions should not be taken as medical advice. If you feel that you need assistance with medications and/or diagnosis, you should seek medical advice from a qualified physician.




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