Yes, this is the next installment of “What health ailment will MZ develop next?”. In case there’s anyone who’s NOT totally fed up with it (and for those who’ve chimed in on earlier threads, again, THANK YOU - your advice, anecdotes etc. have helped more than you can know).
And the usual disclaimer: you are not my doctor, I am not seeking - nor are you offering - medical advice.
History: A lifelong awareness of “holding my breath” while sleeping. 3 sleep studies from roughly 2000-2001, none of which have shown much in the way of apnea. The most recent one, about 3 months ago, did show enough episodes (19 an hour, with desats to 85ish%), though during REM sleep only to qualify for a formal apnea diagnosis. The rest of the night, I only had maybe 3 episodes per hour. I don’t feel I slept at all well, and the truth of the matter is perhaps worse than that. Oh, and I don’t snore.
Oh, and I also have Restless Legs Syndrome. Previous studies (when I was unmedicated) did detect leg movements; this time, when I’d taken my meds early in the evening, did not.
So I see the sleep doc in a couple of days, and we’ll discuss a possible CPAP trial.
What’s funny is I don’t feel all that sleepy during most days, but a lot of days when I’m out and about, my body says “we’re going to go home and crash. This is non-negotiable”. I’m definitely not one of the hundreds-of-apneas-an-hour zombies, anyway.
Typo Knig had fairly similar numbers - oddly, in his case the doc wants him to do a daytime sleep latency test vs. jumping directly to a CPAP. Possibly he reported higher numbers on the Epworth scale.
OK so the questions:
[li]If you’ve had similar moderate apnea numbers, have you tried CPAP? [/li][li]How difficult was it to adapt to? (especially if you are in the moderate realm, but severe folks, please chime in too!) I get the distinct impression that folks who are turning blue every 10 seconds find it a lot easier to adjust to. [/li][li]What kind of pharmaceutical help, if any, did you need to help get you started with it? Do you need the drugs on an ongoing basis? [/li][li]Did it help make you feel better?[/li][li]How soon did you find it helped (if at all)? [/li][li]What if any other health benefits have you seen aside from feeling less fatigued? (e.g. BP drop, weight drop, etc.)?[/li][/ul]
A friend of mine said she had to use Ambien at first. I hate Ambien, but Sonata usually doesn’t hit me hard enough to overcome the fact that if anything ain’t right, I can’t sleep. Hell, to do the sleep study I had to basically go sleepless the night before. And my doc knows me well enough that I suspect she’ll provide the goodies as needed.
It may be a while before I can do the CPAP trial anyway (there are some other things that have to be handled first).