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Sleep Apnea Testing - Update

Postby Eeyore » May 20, 2010 11:11 am

Next week I have an appointment to talk to a sleep specialist and will be taking home a machine to do a sleep test to check for sleep apnea. I know I have this but I don't know how severe it is. It's been steadily getting worse over the past years and I figured it's time to get something done about it. Does anyone here or anyone you know use a CPAP? Apparently the surgery isn't all that successful and CPAP is the method of choice for treating, but I've heard that some people can't tolerate it. Can you relate any information or stories?
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Re: Sleep Apnea Testing.

Postby Grannygardener » May 20, 2010 12:25 pm

Lyn, My husband used a CPAP machine for at least 20 years. It definitely saved his life. His snoring was so bad that he could be heard all over the house. He fell asleep anywhere and everywhere because he never had a decent nights sleep.After the CPAP no more snoring and I wasn't afraid that he would fall asleep at the wheel of the car.His biggest complaint was that it dried out the back of his throat. However, the new ones allow the introduction of moisture to the air that it circulates. He would stop breathing for as long as a minute, before the machine, then jerk to begin breathing again and flail his arms and legs. Needless to say I didn't sleep well and often was hit or kicked when he began breathing again, if I hadn't poked him to wake up yet. We did wind up sleeping in separate rooms.If you want more info you can contact me off side. Edie
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Re: Sleep Apnea Testing.

Postby bluebird » May 20, 2010 7:14 pm

Eric went in for a sleep apnea test at the hospital about a year ago, but unfortunately he has the type that can't be treated. It's very unnerving and I often have to nudge him to get him to start breathing again at night.

But a friend of my parents as I recall has been using the machine successfully for about as long as Edie's DH with great success. So hopefully you'll be one of the treatable lucky people too!

Best of luck with your test Lyn.
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Re: Sleep Apnea Testing.

Postby BrianbytheBay » May 20, 2010 11:01 pm

Hi Lyn,
I've been using a CPAP for about 4 years and it has been a Godsend.Before I got tested I would fall asleep anywhere,anytime.I could drive,though I really had to concentrate at it.I was alright at work too,again I was concentrating on the task at hand.My wife would pick me up after work and I would be asleep before we got to the main road.I was tired all the time.
Now,with the CPAP,I sleep much better and wake less often,making me feel more refreshed in the mornings.My wife says the machine is much less noisy than my snoring was,so it's a benifit for her too :) .
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Re: Sleep Apnea Testing.

Postby Trailblaze1 » May 21, 2010 6:00 am

Two of my neighbours have CPAPs. One finds it has saved her too.....but it took her a couple of months of sore skin on the bridge of her nose. It even started to leave scars. After three return fittings, she settled on one, but she still got the scarring, and was told that it would go away. I guess it did, cuz she persisted. it's been almost a year now, and she swears that I should go for the testing. She says she feels like a new person, less tired as she was all the time.

I've been taking Nasonex, a spray, for a month now. Would wake up unable to breathe.

Never had allergies in my life, but doc says that they can begin at any age....and also that MORE people this year have been reporting allergic symptoms, perhaps because of an early spring, more pollen, weather changes......

I am considering going for the testing, but I am not sure I could stand the noise of the machine.

The other neighbour uses hers off and on, cuz she says the machine itself is difficult to get used to, especially the noise it makes. So she takes breaks from it.

Good luck with yours! and please report back. I'll be watching.

I've also heard that sleep apnea can kill.
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Re: Sleep Apnea Testing.

Postby Eeyore » May 21, 2010 10:14 am

Carol - I was not aware that there was one that couldn't be treated. :o That would be very un-nerving!

Brian - thanks for the positive report. I've been doing a lot of reading and a lot of people have similar things to say.

Diane - apparently there are different types of masks, some that don't require the straps. Your friend may want to see what is available now. There are also different types of machines so I imagine some are qiuieter than others. I've been putting off the testing for the same reasons but it's gotten to the point where I have to go in. I don't sleep well, I'm tired all the time and like Brian says, I'm finding it hard to concentrate and can fall asleep at the drop of a hat during the day. I've fallen asleep at my massage therapists and hair dressers and completely lost my train of thought at times.
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Re: Sleep Apnea Testing.

Postby bluewillow » May 21, 2010 12:48 pm

I'm pleased that you are finally going for testing Lyn. This is a condition that you ought not let slide. I have the reverse .... never get to the 4th stage so take meds. Good luck and hoping the testing goes well.

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Re: Sleep Apnea Testing.

Postby joan w » May 21, 2010 1:56 pm

I complained for years about being tired all the time and having feelings that I was going to pass out, but would jerk myself back.
When I switched doctors a few years back the first thing he did was send me to a sleep clinic where I spent the night hooked up to monitors. Their conclusion was Restless Leg Syndrome and I was given medication for this. Unfortunately, I'm right back where I was, only worse. I'm going to mention sleep apnea to my doctor tomorrow and if he suggests a sleep clinic again I'm going to ask for another one. The symptoms I read here are so like mine. I'm beat right out by noon time and sometimes sooner. Hope this leads to some answers. Thank you for posting.
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Re: Sleep Apnea Testing.

Postby Eeyore » May 22, 2010 12:21 am

Joan, when you go to bed do you find that you have to keep moving your legs? If so, you may have restless leg syndrome but there is probably something else going on as well. I don't have restless legs but I do have trouble settling at night. Once I do I can fall asleep rather quickly but I'm awake every 1-2 hours. On a REALLY good night I might manage 3 or even 4 hours but those nights are very rare indeed! Most of the time I can go back to sleep rather quickly but sometimes I can be awake for hours!
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Re: Sleep Apnea Testing.

Postby joan w » May 22, 2010 9:09 am

Lyn, from what I've been told Restless Leg Syndrome is more complicated than what it sounds. Apparantly some nerve activity is normal while we're sleeping but when it becomes overactive this is when sleep is disturbed. The nerve activity jolts or wakes the brain but not the person, therefore interupting sleep. About 5 of these jolts are normal and I gave a reading of about 86.
Meanwhile, I go to my doctor this afternoon and hoping that by following this lead I will finally get some decent sleep.


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