I am new to posting tonight, but I read your's and thought "that was me until last week." You have gotten great advice from experienced OSA "susrvivors" ;D
but I can relate exactly to what you are saying. I was diagnosed two months ago, and if you read my post, you will see the problems I am having.
What I DID NOT write, because we tend to report only problems, is that one day last week, and today, I woke up early (but yesterday I slept until 3:30 p.m.!!!)
and I felt RESTED. My husband could see it in my face. I had gotten restorative sleep!! When it occurred the first time last week, I had profound feelings of
joy and happiness. It was the first time in years that I didn't feel like just "ending" it. I had no reason to get out of bed; I felt awful and slept all the time. My
Quality of Life was about a 1/2 on a scale of 1-10. I cannot tell you how wonderful it was. The next day I was a rag. But because I had a hint of what I could feel
like if all the variables were lined up properly, I was more motivated to keep the mask on (I tend to push it off or push the machine off the table in my sleep
This morning I woke up and I was rested again. I had a whole day to do things. It was sheer bliss.
So here is what I have to say - I don't think it will be a profound permanent change - I think there will be better days, then more of them, and as you get everything working
like it should for YOU, it will eventually work all the time (that is my hope anyway).
I mentioned that I am a mouth breather. The chin strap could hardly hold my strong jaw. Today I got a nose/mouth mask and I have hopes that this will ensure more air goes
down my airway and less out my mouth. This is an important one to evaluate. I didn't have dry throat but I had lalryngitis for five days.
I hope you post when you are having a day here and there. Best to you, St. Remy