Posted 1/8/2007 3:21 PM (GMT -6)
Back in April 2006 I was was feeling ill and decided to go see a Dr. I was dx with Severe Obstructive Sleep Apnea. At that time I had a bunch of blos tests and Thyroid tests were negative. I was treated for the Sleep Apnea with Bipap machine and beta blockers for my slightly elevated blood pressure. At this same time, I was fired from my high pressure hotel executive job (how nice and empathetic of them). So, I spent the next 3 - 4 months just trying to get well and acclamating to the BiPap (COntinuous Positive Airway Pressure) and I am sleeping nicely 7-8 hours per night.
In August I decided to try to get a home based business off the ground, but with any new business, cash flow and clientele takes a long time to develop, so needless to say, I am under a lot of stress related to heatlh, finances, family, loss of job, new start up business etc.
Throughout all of this (since last April or so) starting around the time that I was diagnosed with Sleep Apnea, I had this jittery shakiness, or shivers without cold seeming to be in my torso. I have ruled out palpitations or heart related problems. My MD, thought the beta blockers might calm this while treating my high blood pressure but they really haven't had that affect.
I am power walking 4-5 miles a day at a brisk pace and this feels good and seems to help some.
I had dismissed it being anxiety, becasue my wife has anxiety symptoms that just didn't seem to be similar to what I am experiencing. I feel down sometimes, and regret over the losss of my job and the financial pressures, by my biggest fear is my health right now...and it is this trembling and shakiness that is driving me nuts.
I finally went in to see my MD's nurse practitioner last Wednesday and she prescribed Zoloft and a some Xanax. I've got to tell you...the shakiness is subsiding. I am only experiencing some drowsiness and mild dizziness and a bit of sluggishness. But the shivers are subsiding.
However, I just want to be sre that there isn't something else underlying this. Is there a chance that the Zoloft/Xanax will mask whatever is ailing me...or is this something that could go away on it's own. You see, this nurse practitioner I saw was not too chatty and quick to write me the rx, but I am unclear as to the future...what to look for, how long to expect to take these etcc.
Does anybody have any similar type situations, or thoughts on whether I am on the right path?