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Pain in lower stomach. Diagnosed with sleep apnoea, high BP. What may be the reason of stomach pain?

what makes a man hurt in the left side of his lower stomach. an it hurts all day during work or laying down and it has been going on for a few days. im not sure what is causing my dad to have these problems he has recently been diagnosed with sleep apneia and high blood pressure.and it is really scaring me. please help me..
Asked On : Sat, 20 Apr 2013
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General & Family Physician 's  Response
Sep 2013
Hello, thanks for the query to H.C.M.C.
Sleep apnoea is a disease where patient feels cessation of breath during sleep.
So when any one who feel pauses of breath , surely he will feel anxiety and this will produces hypertension and anxiety.
Hypertension is a curable disease so don't take it as unusual.
Sleep apnoea's attacks occurs 5- 30 times in an hour.
If low breathing than we call it hypopnoea.
Pl get on polysomnogram ( sleep study) to find out exact nature of apnoea.
Stomach pain is due to acute gastritis so consult a physician and have treatment according to condition.
Regards Dr. HET
Answered: Sat, 20 Apr 2013
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General Surgeon Dr. M Y Shareef's  Response
Hi! The pain in the left side of his stomach could be due to the excessive stretch and work done by his abdominal muscles during apnoec spells. However, because he has simultaneously got hypertension, you should get him examined and investigated by a physician/cardiologist keeping in mind to exclude any cardiac related pain though less likely in the present scenario. You can try some antacids by the way. Good luck.
Answered: Mon, 22 Apr 2013
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General & Family Physician Dr. Bruce Kinney, DO's  Response
Hello, and welcome to HCM!

The most common cause of pain in this area of the abdomen is called diverticulosis. The large intestine (colon) is lined by muscles which squeeze in a rhythmic motion. Sometimes the wall of the colon pokes out (forming pouches that are called diverticuli) between the muscles as they squeeze.

This is a very common condition that usually doesn't cause pain. However, if these pouches become inflamed or infected, they can cause pain. Occasionally a short course of antibiotics is necessary to treat this infection.

This, of course is just one of many reasons he may be having this pain. If it continues or worsens, he should see his doctor. His sleep apnea and blood pressure are serious problems that should be carefully managed by his doctor as well, but they are not likely related to his abdominal pain.

I wish you well in the future, and thank you for your question.
Answered: Sat, 20 Apr 2013
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