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PAP machine causing nausea and dizziness?

Posted by catherinet (My Page) on
Thu, May 24, 07 at 22:23

Hi everyone,
I began using an APAP (auto positive airway pressure) machine at night for sleep apnea about 5 weeks ago. I was very happy that I adjusted fairly quickly to it. But about a week later, I began getting spells of nausea and dizziness. For the past several days, its been almost constant. I have been talking to another person that this is happening to, and reading on the internet of yet other people who are having problems. Its not common, but it sure would explain a few things for me. I was thinking it was hormones or gallbladder or even worse. I'm curious if any of you have ever come across this problem either with yourselves or someone in your family?
I guess the air pressure can possibly disturb things in our ears and cause this. I'm going to run a little experiment, and stop using it for several days and see if I feel better. But what a bummer if it ends up being the machine, since I'm sleeping better now. I guess there's always a price to pay for everything..........

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RE: PAP machine causing nausea and dizziness?

I just saw reference to this problem, which is described as aerophagia ("eating air"). I don't use the device but I do sleep with oxygen. I found reference to this problem on a website called topic. One of the threads is entitled "After 4 nights I am ready to quit." If you don't already know this website, I hope it is helpful to you.


RE: PAP machine causing nausea and dizziness?

My hubby had the problem and he has sleep apnea as well. The doctor switched him to a CPAP machine and the problem stopped. It works well for him too.

RE: PAP machine causing nausea and dizziness?

Thanks Helen and littleonefb,
I have had alot of air in my stomach in my life, and I honestly don't feel like I have that problem with the APAP machine. The nausea starts up about an hour after I get up, and goes all day long. I quit using the machine about 3-4 days ago, and I'm still really maybe I should consider something gallbladder.
Thanks for your help.

RE: PAP machine causing nausea and dizziness?

You could be right. There might be something else going on that could be easily corrected. It seems as if when one thing is wrong, all sorts of other things go wrong at the same time!

RE: PAP machine causing nausea and dizziness?

Well, I think the mystery might be hopefully figured out.
I had a colonoscopy 2 weeks ago, the day before all this nausea started. No one ever told me the possibility that nausea could get so bad and for so long after a colonoscopy! I was talking to someone on the IBS forum, and she had the same problem........and discovered that it was from all the good bacteria getting washed away in the clean-out.
Why didn't the doc warn me about this???
I went to the ENT today and he said my ears were fine, and that he doubted it was caused by my APAP machine.
I'm eating yogurt and taking acidophilus now, in hopes of getting things balanced soon. What a bummer. Why couldn't they have warned me about this??? Maybe I was just stupid for not thinking of it. Hopefully this nausea will be over soon. Its no fun!

RE: PAP machine causing nausea and dizziness?

Here's an update:
I really thought it was from the colonoscopy. But When I restarted using the APAP machine.......I got sicker than a dog again! I'm seeing my Internist Monday, but this is a real enigma to me.

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