pain with sleep apnea

Posted by happyat76 @happyat76, Mar 24, 2019

I have just been diagnosed with sleep apnea and am going this Tuesday to get an EPAP machine. I don't know anything about it, but am willing to try it.
I am writing this because I have for over two years been suffering with pain in my breastbone, which goes up into my chest and at times down into my stomach. It is not related to my stomach or my heart. I have had all of these checked out by specialists. The sleep Dr. told me the other day that it could be the muscles that are joined to the ribcage, diaphragm and breastbone that are hurting me. He said it may improve with the new breathing machine. I was wondering if anyone else here has ever had this problem. Please let me know your thoughts on this and thank you very much.

@happyat76– I'm glad that you have taken action for yourself. Have you been checked for COPD? Did you try different PPI's?
https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/hiatal-hernia/symptoms-causes/syc-20373379

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@merpreb

@happyat76– I'm glad that you have taken action for yourself. Have you been checked for COPD? Did you try different PPI's?
https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/hiatal-hernia/symptoms-causes/syc-20373379

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I did go to see a breathing Dr. and he told me he saw something on the chest x-ray, but not to worry about it. That was four years ago. I haven't had a chest x-ray since then. I have tried Tecta, Lansoprazole and another one whose name I can't remember. So I have been on 3 different PPI's and they haven't helped me really. What else can I do now? Thanks for your advice.

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@happyat76

I did go to see a breathing Dr. and he told me he saw something on the chest x-ray, but not to worry about it. That was four years ago. I haven't had a chest x-ray since then. I have tried Tecta, Lansoprazole and another one whose name I can't remember. So I have been on 3 different PPI's and they haven't helped me really. What else can I do now? Thanks for your advice.

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@happyat76 if I were you I would hustle and get another X-ray or CT scan. Seeing something on a chest X-ray and not following up with you is not good medical practice. Perhaps get a new Dr.

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I have suffered from dull chest pain and shortness of breath for many years I have also been diagnosed with sleep apnea recently. I am currently using a CPAP machine. My doctor also told me that sleep apnea could be straining my muscles in the chest and causing inflammation of the costal cartilage, the structure that connects each rib to the sternum at the costosternal joint. This condition is called Costochondritis. Any update to your condition and did you confirm what your doctor told you? I am trying to understand my condition as well and try to find a solution to it.

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@serenity0131

I have suffered from dull chest pain and shortness of breath for many years I have also been diagnosed with sleep apnea recently. I am currently using a CPAP machine. My doctor also told me that sleep apnea could be straining my muscles in the chest and causing inflammation of the costal cartilage, the structure that connects each rib to the sternum at the costosternal joint. This condition is called Costochondritis. Any update to your condition and did you confirm what your doctor told you? I am trying to understand my condition as well and try to find a solution to it.

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@serenity0131, welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. You may also be interested in joining the members talking about Costochondritis in this discussion in the Chronic Pain group:

– Costochondritis https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/costochondritis-1/

Has the CPAP machine helped relieve the pain? How long have you been using the CPAP?

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@colleenyoung

@serenity0131, welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. You may also be interested in joining the members talking about Costochondritis in this discussion in the Chronic Pain group:

– Costochondritis https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/costochondritis-1/

Has the CPAP machine helped relieve the pain? How long have you been using the CPAP?

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Thank you so much Colleen. I honestly don't know why I have Costochondritis in the first place. I first thought it could be related to my sleep apnea but now I'm thinking it's the pressure of the CPAP machine that is making it worse probably. I have been using the CPAP machine for a month now.

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@happyat76

He said that he thought the pain in these muscles is because of my breathing problems. He said to be patient and wait to see if they machine helps me. It is such a terrible pain and no Dr. has told me what it is. This has been going on for two years now, every day almost. Thx for your reply, it is appreciated.

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How did you make out with the sternum pain you were having?

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@colleenyoung

@serenity0131, welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. You may also be interested in joining the members talking about Costochondritis in this discussion in the Chronic Pain group:

– Costochondritis https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/costochondritis-1/

Has the CPAP machine helped relieve the pain? How long have you been using the CPAP?

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I am having same issues. How did you make out with the chest pain issue?

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@susar701

I am having same issues. How did you make out with the chest pain issue?

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Hello @susar701, Welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. You mentioned having similar pains as @serenity0131 and @happyat76.

Here is some additional information that may be helpful.
Costochondritis https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/costochondritis-1/
Sudden sharp pain under the left rib? Reasons other than heart attack:
https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/life-style/health-fitness/health-news/sudden-sharp-pain-under-the-left-rib-reasons-other-than-heart-attack/articleshow/74636554.cms
pain in my breastbone, ribs and chest:
https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/pain-in-my-breastbone-ribs-and-chest/

Have you been diagnosed or have you seen a doctor yet?

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@colleenyoung

@serenity0131, welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. You may also be interested in joining the members talking about Costochondritis in this discussion in the Chronic Pain group:

– Costochondritis https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/costochondritis-1/

Has the CPAP machine helped relieve the pain? How long have you been using the CPAP?

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@johnbishop Thanks Colleen and John! A little update about my condition since the last time I had posted in April. I think I was misdiagnosed with Costochondritis and it turned out it is nerve pain in the chest. The more I used my CPAP machine the worse it got. So I stopped using it. Also, what made it worse is that one day I was doing Costo stretches for the first time and the next day I developed unbearable burning nerve pain from my right chest and radiated all the way to my whole back (mostly my upper and mid back) and left chest as well. This was after I stopped using my CPAP by few days. I have done MRI for my Cervical and Thoracic spine and brain but everything was normal (no discs, tumours, or MS, etc). My family doctor is not sure what is causing it so he referred me to a neurologist and I'm waiting to get an appointment with him. I'm not sure if the shortness of breath that I have mentioned before is related to the nerve issue or Sleep Apnea but I have migraines as well and the shortness of breath always comes with it. I have read research papers online that Sleep Apnea can cause peripheral nerve damage and migraines due to low Oxygen levels in the body. But I'm not sure about the shortness of breath. I also don't know why the pain got worse with using the CPAP machine.

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@serenity0131

@johnbishop Thanks Colleen and John! A little update about my condition since the last time I had posted in April. I think I was misdiagnosed with Costochondritis and it turned out it is nerve pain in the chest. The more I used my CPAP machine the worse it got. So I stopped using it. Also, what made it worse is that one day I was doing Costo stretches for the first time and the next day I developed unbearable burning nerve pain from my right chest and radiated all the way to my whole back (mostly my upper and mid back) and left chest as well. This was after I stopped using my CPAP by few days. I have done MRI for my Cervical and Thoracic spine and brain but everything was normal (no discs, tumours, or MS, etc). My family doctor is not sure what is causing it so he referred me to a neurologist and I'm waiting to get an appointment with him. I'm not sure if the shortness of breath that I have mentioned before is related to the nerve issue or Sleep Apnea but I have migraines as well and the shortness of breath always comes with it. I have read research papers online that Sleep Apnea can cause peripheral nerve damage and migraines due to low Oxygen levels in the body. But I'm not sure about the shortness of breath. I also don't know why the pain got worse with using the CPAP machine.

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@serenity0131, I hope you can update us after your appointment with the neurologist. Also hoping they find some answers and a treatment that works for you. I found an article that talks about blood oxygen levels and lists the different symptoms, one of which is shortness of breath.

Low and normal blood oxygen levels: What to know — https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/321044

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The word is “may”…. I have the same and it is from muscular issues due to my Fibromyalgia. I discussed supplements w/ my 1* care MD ie Magnesium (muscle cramping) & L-Arginine.(Supp. For muscle health) Is has helped! Additionally if you have GERD.. the backwash of Hydrochloric acid can cause that too! Also they may watch you for Pre-Barrett’s Esophagus! (esophageal Cancer) not fun to get/have. PS: I was tested for Sleep Apnea.. but my insomnia is hallmark to Fibro again! I get claustrophobic.. so I use the “Aloha” style that uses “nose pillows” Vs the full mask over nose & mouth! It takes getting used to and sore nostrils.. but to me, it’s better than me freaking when I wake up w/ nose & mouth covered!! Oh.. I am not a mouth breather.. so that is good!! PS: ribs and sternum( breast bone) are connected BY MUSCLES! Thus the cramping.. also taking Prilosec twice daily eradicated the issues! Wish you much luck!!

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