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Sleep Apnea after cervical fusion?

JulieAJJulieA Posts: 1,420
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:47 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
I was wondering if anyone has developed sleep apnea after cervical fusions?

I have no idea if I have it. My husband and daughter both say I snore a lot more and I am completely exhausted all the time, but haven't had a sleep study. I don't sleep well but I am not sure it is a pain thing or something else.

I was just curious if any one else noticed it?




  • Hi Julie...I had to undergo a sleep study a few months ago as I kept on stopping breathing and started snoring, something I never did before my 3 neck fusions..

    I know for a fact that it is really hard to swallow and you have to mash most of your food for a while as it seems to get stuck in your throat so easy but Im like you, I would be very interested if any others are like us??

  • Although I don't have sleep apnea, I snored for two months after my ACDF, according to my hubby. I've never snored before and have always worn earplugs to bed because my hubby is a big snorer. So I'm in the snoring-after-ACDF club as well.

  • I have a huge problem snoring now since Cervical Fusion...tried mouth guards,sprays in nose and throat..nothing works. If my pillows aren't mine it's even worse because my neck support is worse. My poor hubby can't even sleep in same room which makes for bad nights.
    Is there anything that has worked for anyone? I don't want to have to get CPAP machine. That would make for even worse nights alone in bed...HeLP
    S lee hall
  • jellyhalljjellyhall Posts: 4,373
    edited 07/13/2013 - 12:03 PM
    Welcome to Spine Health.

    This is an old post so you may get more replies if you start a new thread of your own.

    I have started snoring since my neck problems. My husband (who also snores, but it doesn't worry me generally) uses earplugs that seem to allow him to sleep. He has tried several types before finding these that work. He is very sensitive to noise while he is sleeping.

    I hope that you will find something that will help your hubby to sleep. :-)

  • It's been almost 2 weeks since my neck/spinal bone fusion surgery. Just a couple of days into my recovery I started having trouble breathing while sleeping. I can feel and hear the regurgitations which interrupt my sleep as well as my wife's. does anyone have knowledge as to how long this might last or what I can do to mitigate it. My z quiet doesn't seem to be helping much.
    P Diaz
  • LizLiz Posts: 7,832

    This is a very old thread, for best support and information I suggest you make a new thread in introductions, you can do this by clicking on 'create forum post' on the left column.


    Liz, Spine-health Moderator

    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
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