Fluid retention and sleep apnea?
I have been having problems feeling like I can't get enough air during the day.
I went to the ER and a sleep study was prescribed.
I had my first one, and the nurse stated that my oxygen went down to 70% which isn't good.
The Dr. showed me the results of the first study and it showed 126 apnea episodes, 101 were central apnea and the rest were obstructive.
I’m very scared because I feel like I don’t get enough air now when I'm awake, but my o2 stays around 94 to 96 when I'm having these episodes.
I have gained a lot of weight, and the Dr thinks its fluid caused by my heart working harder due to the apnea.
So my question is can I get fluid build up and still have a healthy heart, and what is going to happen with me because it says everywhere that central is caused by some major illness so I'm just really scared.
My Dr acts like it is no big deal. Please help me.
It seems to me that you have mixed sleep apnea, where the central apneas are the most evident.
The CPAP therapy is most helpful for obstructive apnea, but for central and mixed apneas you need a new device called adaptive servo-ventilation
or ASV. This article
will explain more about this device.
About your fluid build up
, or edema... It's true that you can have edema due to heart problems. Patients with untreated sleep apnea can have this problem, and I would recommend visiting a cardiologist to figure out exactly the cause of your edema.
This fluid retention is a symptom of arrhythmia
, which is a sign of cardiac problems. I can also be due to renal problems. Both cardiac and renal problems are strongly linked to untreated sleep apnea, and can even be the start of congestive heart failure
So, if you really have built up of fluids, you need to see a cardiopulmonary specialist. You may receive a prescription for a diuretic, like Lasix, to get the excess fluid out of your body, and to reduce the blood pressure and stress to your heart.
Also, some medications can cause fluid retention; Neurotin
is one and I believe Lyrica is another that can cause edema plus some antidepressants and other medications. Apparently, limb edema is a side effect of the Mirapex, so that may be a consideration for you too.
If you have a healthy heart
, then maybe you gained weight, and not necessarily from fluid retention. Patients with sleep apnea tend to be overweight. Please read the article about sleep apnea and obesity
to learn more.
Central sleep apnea can be caused by a host of different things, such as:
- injury of the upper spinal cord
- opioid medications
- some neurological diseases or conditions
- congestive heart failure (CHF)
- or ideopathic causes, which mean obscure or unknown causes.
So, Mike, you don't need to have something terrible damaged in your brain to have central sleep apnea. Some people have it without explanation.
But you have to be scared of the side effects of untreated sleep apnea if you don't get a good treatment. That shortness of breath that you have in the morning could be a sign of problems to your heart, but I hope I'm mistaken.
The load on your heart is greater when you are up and moving around, therefore the breathing problems upon awakening.
Congratulation for your sleep study! You are closer than ever to get a good treatment. If the doctor is not interested in your problems, then find another one.
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I hope it helps. Don't be afraid to comment back. Remy Thierry
Founder of Sleep Apnea Guide