Heres my story..sorry if it gets long.
As a teenager i was always really really tired. Had attention and focus problems. My parents thought i was lazy, my doctors thoght i had ADHD. The drugs for ADHD just made me more tired.
I joined the army in 1989 right out of HS. I was in the infantry and slept outside in the field alot with my fellow soldiers. They always complained about my snoring, i had to sleep away form everyone, which in a combat situation would have been impossible and dangerous. Finally my first seargent sent me to the Dr to get a sleep study done. What do you know it came back i had Sleep Apnea.
1 month later I had surgery to remove my tonsils. The Dr's said i was cured and my wife at the time said i didnt snore anymore. I really did feel better for several years. (Although the Army never did do a follow up study to see if i was actually cured).
In 1994 (2 years after being out of the Army) I started having Depression and fatigue problems again, and people told me I snored really bad again. The VA paid to have another sleep study done for me and they told me I was fine. Although looking back at it now, I didnt even sleep during that study i was so uncomfortable (the VA's sleep center was terrible). So they put me on anti-depressents. Ive been on them ever since. The AD's worked for a while but eventually all failed and for the last 13 years my Dr's have been switching my AD meds to try and find one that would work.
So finally 4 months ago while up north at my parents cabin, my Dad told me "you know you sleep so terribly, you cant be sleeping at all, you should see a Dr about that."
So I went to my Dr and he ordered a sleep study. The place they sent me too was so nice, it was like a nice Hotel and not a medical clinic. After 3 hours the nurse woke me and had me put on the CPAP. At a pressure of 9 I slept like a baby I guess and entered REM for the first time all night.
Now to my job. For the past 2 years I have been a Proffessional truck driver. I had found a new job paying real good money, and put in my notice at my current job. On the last day of my old job my Dr called me with the results of my sleep study and told me "I have to pull your CDL (Commercial Drivers Lisence)." I was devasted. I called my new job and they said they couldnt wait the month or 2 it is going to take to get my treatment and clearence done, so I lost my new job.
Now im in limbo. This week the CPAP clinic is supposed to call me and get me set up with my CPAP. I have to be on CPAP for 3 weeks before my DR will reevaluate me and even consider giving me my CDL back.
At first I was like "no way" im not wearing that damn thing every night. But after reading these forums today, I have to wonder if so many of my problems over the last 10 years: irratibility, depression, fatigue; have all been due to OSA instead of depression (which is what I always thought was the problem). So im gonna due the CPAP. I have some hope that my life may change for the better. I know my wife would be so happy if I could change those things about me that she has endured for the last 10 years.
For now we have to find a way to pay our bills till i can find other work. It will all work out im sure.
Im so glad this forum is here to help me and inspire me.
Hoping for a life changing few months.