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Sleep Apnea, Snoring, Narcolepsy,
Insomnia and Other Sleep Disorders.

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BRINGING SECRETS OF THE NIGHT TO THE LIGHT OF DAY...

Understanding the symptoms of sleep disorders.

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GASTROESOPHAGEAL REFLUX - 2


How can GE reflux be treated?

1. ELIMINATION OF AGGRAVATING FACTORS: avoiding acidic and spicy foods, caffeine, alcohol, chocolate, peppermint and other dietary causes of reflux; not eating shortly before bedtime; weight loss; quitting smoking. Certain drugs (for example, some asthma drugs) can worsen reflux. Review your medications with your doctor, but don't stop prescribed medicines on your own!

2. ELEVATING THE HEAD OF YOUR BED ON 6 INCH BLOCKS may help: by allowing gravity to help keep stomach acid down where it belongs. (Extra pillows are not a substitute!).

3. SPECIAL PRESCRIBED MEDICINES may help: some by decreasing acid production, and others by stimulating downward movement of acid back into the stomach.

4. TREATMENT OF SLEEP APNEA: which, if present, can aggravate GE reflux.

5. SURGERIES are used in severe cases.


If you believe you may have significant GE reflux, what should you do?

-ELIMINATE AGGRAVATING FACTORS AND ELEVATE THE HEAD OF THE BED AS DESCRIBED, if at all possible.

-CONSULT WITH YOUR FAMILY DOCTOR OR A GASTROENTEROLOGIST (STOMACH SPECIALIST). If they feel an ambulatory esophageal pH study would help in the evaluation of your problem and its severity and if you live in Central Ohio, they can schedule it for you directly by calling the Sleep Disorders Center at (614)-445-7800.

-IF YOUR SYMPTOMS OF SLEEP-RELATED GE REFLUX ARE ACCOMPANIED BY ANY INDICATIONS OF SLEEP APNEA OR OTHER MAJOR SLEEP DISORDERS, A SLEEP EVALUATION SHOULD BE DONE IN CONJUNCTION WITH ASSESSMENT OF YOUR GE REFLUX, AT A SLEEP CENTER THAT CAN PERFORM AMBULATORY ESOPHAGEAL pH MONITORING: particularly since treatment of sleep apnea may simultaneously reduce GE reflux, thereby treating two potentially serious problems in sleep for "the price of one"!

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COLUMBUS COMMUNITY HEALTH
REGIONAL SLEEP DISORDERS CENTER
Accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.

Robert W. Clark, M.D., Medical Director
1430 South High Street, Columbus OH 43207

Tel: [614] 443-7800
Fax: [614] 443-6960

e-mail: flamenco@netexp.net 

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