Cranky1 wrote:The reason I ask is because a friend of mine, 32yo female, is something of a medical mystery. Naturally, she's never been tested for sleep apnea. I'm trying to encourage her along that route because, among other things, she wakes up exhausted every day and spends most of her days in bed because she just doesn't have the energy for much else. If she had high blood pressure, I'd think the possibility apnea would be stronger. But her bp is so low that with the slightest bit of stress she can pass out.
She's had health problems since she was a child, but they didn't go into overdrive until she had her three children. I don't know much about her medical history. except that she experienced some rapid weight loss not so long ago - dropping from a size 12 to a size 2 in a matter of a few months. Her greatest concern is that her adrenals are basically shot, and she has some kind of problem with her heart though I'm not sure exactly what. Those two, the adrenals in particular, made me think sleep apnea when I recalled reading cases of people whose adrenals went into overdrive and then crashed because of sleep apnea. Also her weight rises and drops by up to ten pounds in as little as a couple of weeks, which I had before I got treated. But the low blood pressure, so far as I know, makes apnea seem less likely, but then again the damage seems to affect people in different ways, and the damage to her heart could possibly be from apnea, causing the low bp. I really have no idea, though.
She's just undergone four weeks of very expensive treatment for Lymes Disease and while she believes she's seem some improvement, I have a feeling that something else is the root of what ails her. She's about to leave for home and I'm worried that at some point her will to keep persevering could give out, though she's very strong especially in faith. She's leaving tomorrow and I'm hoping to have a stronger case than just the possiblity to offer her, to encourage her to see a sleep doctor. I'm actually hoping it's apnea because that is at least treatable. Could anyone help me out?
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