Hello my fellow CP'ers. I hope this evening finds my friends coping well and managing the pain well for the time being. My prayers are for all of you.
Well, as my title suggests, I am now on oxygen. I went to a respiratory specialist to investigate my extreme shortness of breath as of the last six months. To make a very long story short, it has been determined that I have severe sleep apnea, two different types and need oxygen during the day, as well as a c-pap or bi-pap mask during my sleep at night.
They brought me into the sleep lab for a second time to titrate the mask to eliminate my apnea. No good. I felt like a hurricane was blowing at me and it went into my stomach. So, this Wednesday, I am going again, but during the day and while I'm awake to see if I can overcome my resistance and find a way to get use to the mask and hurricane winds. lol.
Meanwhile, the oxygen during the day has made a tremendous difference in me being able to get around. Seems I need it so much whenever I go to do anything. I never realized how out of breath I really got all the time. So, I carry a cylinder with oxygen whenever I go out and wear the cannula at home hooked to the machine.
However, my husband has been suffering with shortness of breath too and went to a new internist who called his cardiologist and scheduled a cardiac catheterization for him and come to find out, he had a 90% blockage in his heart artery (LAD) and needed a stent.
So, on Monday, I have an appointment with the cardiologist and I will set up the same test for myself. I have some pain in my chest from time to time, but have been attributing it to costochondritis from the fibromyalgia. However, the oxygen seems to help the pain and so does the nitro I took today. hmmmmmm! It warrants further investigation for sure.
For those of you who don't remember, I have fibromyalgia with the majority of my pain in my legs and feet and chronic lower back pain and I take oxycodone, lido patches and lyrica for the pain.
Anyway, that's the latest with me. I will certainly continue to post more on my saga to let everyone know how I am doing.
God bless you all. I'll be in touch.
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