Wow, that's a scary story, sorry to hear that Barbara <3
Do you folks who have sleep apnea find that treatment like CPAP or VPAP helped your symptoms of fatigue and pain? (glad to hear you cognition has improved applevenus!)
Sadly, it's not really up to my doctor how soon I get the sleep study, she's already referred me which I think is all she can really do. I live in Canada and so there is a long waiting list. I pushed for ASAP and was considered lucky to get my initial consultation at the sleep clinic in just 3 weeks (yeah, doesn't sound fast to me but they wanted 5-6 wks!) and then it may be another 1-4 months wait time to get the actual sleep study done. Hopefully it won't actually be that long!
So I haven't actually been diagnosed with central sleep apnea, it's just a suspicion on the part of me and my doctor. Due to things like:
- I never feel rested
- I feel sick and groggy in the mornings
- I wake up many times during the night
- I often feel like my breathing stops during the day or while trying to fall asleep (*so yes to almost medfree)
- I used an at home sleep-monitor which tells you how much time was spent in each sleep stage and awake, and it said I was getting little to no slow-wave (deep) sleep and waking briefly 20 times a night
- various symptoms like chest pains and night sweats
The reasons my Dr thinks it's not likely to be obstructive sleep apnea are:
- I don't snore
- I am not overweight
- I don't gasp for breath
There is definitely something seriously wrong with my sleep, I am really hoping they can figure it out and that it's treatable.
EDIT: I think anyone with fibro or chronic fatigue should be given a sleep study!! I guess they can be hard to get because they are expensive, but it's at least twice as expensive in health care if someone has undiagnosed sleep apnea compared to if they are treated.
Post Edited (Pelagicdancer) : 4/27/2013 4:06:28 PM (GMT-6)