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A Link Between Endometriosis and Sleep Apnea?

Posted Jan 14 2010 6:00am 1 Comment

Endometriosis is a common condition that's estimated to occur in about 5 to 10% of all women. It's characterized by pelvic and abdominal pain, along with infertility, and not too surprisingly, hypothyroidism, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, autoimmune conditions, allergies and asthma. 

 

Does this list sound familiar? Right — upper airway resistance syndrome (UARS). Doing some more research, I came across a health-related website (CureTogether.com, an open source health research site) that anonymously aggregates patients' symptoms and and other conditions to give you statistical data. Here are the top symptoms and the top associated conditions for endometriosis.

 

If you look down the list of associated conditions, many are also seen in patients with UARS. Since endometriosis is more commonly seen in women during the reproductive years, you may not see obstructive sleep apnea as often. I'm willing to bet that many of these women will go on to develop obstructive sleep apnea, especially when much older and if they gain weight after menopause. If you look at their parents, one or both parents will snore heavily. In addition, Raynaud's (cold hands for feet) is also a common feature in both endometriosis and UARS.

 

Knowing that upper airway resistance syndrome can cause profound changes in women's physiology, all these findings are not surprising.

 

Do you or anyone you know have endometriosis? If so, how many of the above symptoms or conditions do you see? Please enter your observations in the comments box below.

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I have endometriosis, allergies and sleep apnea. I am 25
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