I have a condition called “nocturnal hypoxia”. This causes my blood oxygen levels to drop significantly during sleep. I have some sleep apnea issues and have been treated with a CPAP & Bi-pap but it really has not helped this. Is this something that you all have encountered and had experience in? Hypoxia is a major concern for me.
I have seen many cases where the patient’s stomach is pushing up against their diaphragm. This often times prevents the diaphragm from dropping down and allowing a longs to fill with air. This could be the cause of your condition. It does get worse at night because when you’re sitting or standing you have gravity to help pull the diaphragm down, when you’re laying down you don’t have the gravity assisting. When patients have this condition they sometimes complain of acid reflux, heartburn, burping, gas, bloating, diarrhea or constipation. I don’t know this is the cause of your problem but if you’d like to make an appointment to come see us please give us a call at 770-427-7387 and can evaluate your condition.