Post Edited (TonyMcGuire) : 4/15/2009 7:21:51 AM (GMT-6)
Sleep Apnea can cause a whole bunch of different things, from High BP, to diabetes, to night sweats, and nocturia (frequent urination during the night) it can also cause low O2 saturation, and can result in memory problems. If the sleep apnea is severe enough and it causes very low O2 saturations, that can result in heart attack or stroke during your sleep. Sleep Apnea can also cause weight gain, and host of other symptoms.The treatment is simple, CPAP, BiPAP, or VPAP ASV, depending on the type of apneas you have and the severity, But I will warn you as simple as the treatment is, it can, for some, be very difficult to adjust to!
When you go for a sleep study they will wire you up, like for an EEG, and a EKG, and also put a couple of other monitors on you, then you will go to bed, as you sleep they will monitor your sleeping both with the instruments, and they will also visually monitor your sleeping with a camera that watches you sleep. If your sleep apnea is bad enough and they get enough data, they might wake you up, and fit you with a mask and hook you up to a machine and then have you go back to sleep and they will do the titration study on you. This is known as a split night sleep study. Other wise they will just do the first part, and then have you come back for a second study to do the titration. Actually the 2 night study is better, because they have more time to get all the data, and more time to do a really good titration study to get your sleep apnea under control. Anyway after the titration study, they will set you up with a XPAP machine,which is a usually CPAP machine, and they will fit you with a mask. Then you will have an new bed partner, that you will sleep with forever! and you will become a Hosehead, like many of the rest of us! When and if you have a titration study they will usually let you try different masks on, try as many as you can, til you find one that is comfortable for you, this is very important, and I can't stress this enough! a proper fitting mask can make or break your successfull adjustment to CPAP treatment! Believe me I do know what I am talking about when it comes to Sleep Apnea. I was first diagnosed with it in January of 2007, in the first 18 months I had 6 sleeep studies done, before they finally got my treatment right! I went from CPAP to CPAP with Oxygen to BiPAP to VPAP Adapt SV with Oxygen which I am on now! The proper treatment does work, but it does take time to reap the benefits of the treatment, it doesn't happen over night, some symptoms will go away in a matter of a few weeks, for me the severe night sweats and nocturia disappeared in two weeks or so. But the tiredness and constant fatigue took 3 or 4 month before it finally let up! So you do have to be patient!
Anyway if you need any information about it or any advice feel free to E-mail me. I firmly believe the more involved you are in your treatment the more successful you will be. So I would encourage you (if you do have sleep apnea and need CPAP) to get a data capable machine so you can monitor and get involved in your treatment! With CP issues, sleep apnea can be a bit more of a challenge!
Good Luck to You
I had been complaining to my Doctor of severe night sweats for years, I mean having to get up and change my cloths and sheets because I would be dripping wet from sweat, and sometimes 2 or 3 times a night, my Doc ran every test imaginable on me, but never once asked about snoring or anythng about how I sleep! Heck I would often wake up gasping for air and be choking during the night but he never connected the dots!. Same with my nocturia, heck the urologist even scoped my bladder, but no one ever asked about my sleep, I finally talked to my pain doctor about it because I was so sleepy all the time and when driving thru the neighborhood one night looking at christmas lights in Dec 06, I feel asleep and nearly hit a tree, so my pain doctor prescribed Provigil which is a medication to keep you awake. Well at that time it was so expensive (600 dollars for 30 days supply) and my insurance would not pay for it, so I didn't get it and my Pain Doctor then sent me to a Sleep Apnea specialist, and I was scheduled for a sleep test! And my first Sleep Doctor was a "quack", he was a neurologist but ( and I did not know this at that time he was not board certified in sleep apnea studies), so make sure that what ever sleep doctor you go to, that he is Board Certified in Sleep Apnea Studies! That is very very very important! Being Board certified means he/she has been through extra training and has had many hours working with sleep apnea patients! Believe me it makes a difference, because allot of Doctors are getting into the Sleep Apnea business, (it is a real "Cash cow" right now,) and allot of Doctors do not know much about it, and the patient is always the one that suffers. It took me 18 months before I finally got the proper treatment, and it was 18 months of pure H***. My first Doctor did not believe in the VPAP Adapt SV technology he said it was to new and unproven! It wasn't till after I got a new Board Certified Sleep specialist that I found all this out and my Sleep center had been recommending this treatment for me for the last 18 months and last 5 sleep studies! But my first Sleep Doctor would not prescribe it! After I finally got put on this ASV treatment, it was literally a Godsend for me, what difference it has made in my life! So it is important to have a Good sleep Doctor!
Anyway just let me know, I will give you as much help as I can with it!
Good Luck to You
Post Edited (White Beard) : 4/16/2009 2:01:11 PM (GMT-6)