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Reply #5: Actually ,lots of people can sleep on their backs without snoring or having apnea. [View All]

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McCamy Taylor Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-17-10 01:12 AM
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5. Actually ,lots of people can sleep on their backs without snoring or having apnea.
If you know someone who can not sleep on their back, that person could well have OSA. Some cases are mild and side sleeping is all that is required to correct the problem. But that person needs to know that when she goes to the hospital for emergency gall bladder surgery, they will position her on her back post op. And with her incision and bandages, her pain medicines and the lingering effects of anesthesia, she may develop low oxygen, rapid heart rate--and the nurses and doctors may not even consider that she is not getting air. I have seen it happen. IV Ativan given to control "anxiety" that was really the body struggling with low oxygen.

Moral, everyone needs to be aware of their own body and be proactive. Tell the nurses "Please put me on my side post op. I do not breathe well on my back."
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