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post acdf apnea?

cathyrccathyr Posts: 14
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:37 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
If its not one thing...it another?

I was sleeping fine before my acdf c67 2 months ago...now waking up gasping for air? Did a sleep study and they say I developed apnea? Voice raspy on/off and lump in throat. Symptoms seem to be getting worse too?

Has anyone out there experienced this? I am using the CPAO machine now for the apnea....but drs dont know if its due the the hardware? Scar tissue? Vagus nerve retraction during surgery? or partial vocal cord paralysis which controls bairflow?

If anyone has gone through this i would appreciate any advice....hope its not permaneent?



  • Is your surgeon in on all of this?

    I would hope that this is temporary, but I have no experience in this area, so I can't really offer any info here.

    What about your current meds? I know that when I take certain meds, that it can cause temporary issues with my breathing patterns while sleeping. Once I got away from those meds it cleared up.

    Hope they find an answer for you soon.

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