Hospitalization Information

Your primary care, emergency room, or referring physician has asked that you see a pulmonologist. A pulmonologist is a physician who specializes in conditions involving the lungs.

Nebraska Pulmonary Specialties, LLC has six board certified critical care physicians who rotate through the Lincoln hospitals for a week at a time. You may see one of our pulmonologists routinely in the clinic and see a different one during your stay in the hospital. You may see more than one of our physicians should you be in the hospital longer than one week. Our physicians confer with one another to insure your regular pulmonologist is aware of your hospitalization and the activities surrounding your care. Consequently, when your physician is covering one of the hospitals, he/she is not available for appointments in clinic (approximately every third week).

Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease

occurs when a small valve (the lower esophageal sphincter or LES) between the stomach and esophagus leaks, causing digestive fluids and stomach acid to back up from the stomach into the esophagus. This acid can irritate the esophagus leading to symptoms. GERD can also damage the delicate lining on the inside of the esophagus, leading to more serious problems in some patients.
Symptoms

  • Frequent heartburn is the most common symptom of GERD and often occurs after meals. It is often described as an uncomfortable rising, burning sensation behind the breastbone.
  • Other major symptoms of GERD are:
    regurgitation of gastric acid or sour contents in to the mouth,
    difficult and/or painful swallowing and chest pain.

If you frequently experience heartburn or other symptoms, see your doctor.

Narcolepsy

Narcolepsy is a sleep disorder defined by constant sleepiness and a tendency to sleep at inappropriate times.

Signs and Symptoms

  • Excessive daytime sleepiness
  • Cataplexy (sudden loss of strength in muscles
  • Sleep paralysis
  • Hypnagogic hallucinations (hallucinations that occur just before falling asleep, during naps, and/or on waking up).

Treatment options

  • Medication
  • Behavior treatment

Sleep Disorders

Sleep apnea is the occurrence of periods of time when you stop breathing while you are asleep. These periods can be as brief as ten seconds, but are sometimes much longer. When you stop breathing, you do not get the oxygen that your body needs and will also awaken – momentarily – just before you start breathing normally again. This can occur hundreds of times throughout the night and can keep you from getting the restful sleep you need.

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