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Son that Hypoxic at night

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  • Posted By: k&r
  • December 30, 2006
  • 05:58 AM

For the last year my now 2 year old has needed oxygen at night. His oxygen levels fluctuate between 80 and 90 and sometimes drop into the 70's. He has acid reflux which we've been treating for 11 months now. His pulmonologist thinks he breathes in some stomach acid/contents and that has damaged his lungs- thus causing the problem. In his first year of life he was hospitalized 5 times with pneumonia and 2 times with RSV. I'm sure the pneumonia was caused by microaspirating the acid reflux. He's been almost sick free for the last 10 months exept this oxygen problem. He's been through every test imaginable - numberous xrays, 2 cat scans, cystic fibrosis (nothing there), 3 echocardiograms (good turnout each time), ph probe tests, this list can go on. He had a sleep study in aug and had a little obstructive sleep apnea - his tonsils were 75% obstructive, so he had his tonsils and adnenoids out. Still no improvement in his low O2's at night. During the day they are not so great either (94-95). However his last cat scan suggested he had a problem with interstitial tissue in the lung so they did a lung biopsy and it didn't agree with the cat scan but possibly something called lymphatic hyperplasia. Does anyone know anyone with these problems. Is is the lymph. hyper thing, the acid reflux, the interstitial lung - I can put it all together and we can seem to find the fix. Help this tired mommy if anyone can!

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  • I have some similar issues (sleep apnea, nighttime hypoxia), and I also have some neck/spine problems. I have 2 ruptured discs in the lower cervical area, and the nerves were affected in my upper back, arms, etc. A chiropractor was able to alleviate most of the pain (that multiple epidurals and other drugs couldn't). On a recent visit when I was pointing out where the pain was, she asked whether I was having any acid reflux problems, or heartburn. There are nerve endings in the throat that can be pinched off with any spinal misalignment and they will cause the acid reflux. You may want to have your son evaluated by a chiropractor that has experience with small children.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • January 24, 2007
    • 11:44 PM
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  • Dear K&RHow much O2 is your child requiring at night? And are the Oxygen saturations your reporting on here the numbers your getting on room air or the supplemental oxygen? Its hard for me to comment any further without knowing this info.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • January 27, 2007
    • 09:11 AM
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