Has anyone out there had problems with constant headaches after going on a Bipap Machine?
I have been suffering with severe sleep apnea for many years. I decided to have a sleep study done. This was back in July. My results showed that I had 87 apneas in one hour and my oxygen level dropped to 54%. The apnea sleep center called me 3 hours after leaving the Hospital asking me to come back. The conversation was a bit funny. The woman at the sleep center asked me how can remember my own name with such a low oxygen level. The sleep center had a new BiPap machine for me that day! Well, I took the Bipap home and slept like a baby for the first time in 25 years. Life was good. I felt better and everybody I work with noticed a change in my face the very next morning. They said I have more color. This was after one night sleeping with the BiPap Machine. As I said life was good but not for long.
After 3 weeks of Bliss, I started getting massive headaches. The headaches last 24-7. After 12 weeks of these headaches with nausea and sometimes, blurred vision, I went to the Doctor. First thing he recommended was to have a cat scan, nothing showed up! They put me on a combination of Extra Strength Tylenol and Advil. This was no help at all. Still having massive headaches I went back to the Doctor after another 2 weeks with no relief. I was referred to a Neurologist, he said I may have too much Spinal Fluid pressure and should get a Spinal Tap. I was then referred to a Radiologist so, they could use a Fluoroscope to make sure they went into the right place in my Spine.
A nightmare comes true.
They performed 8 Spinal taps in two different areas in my spine and could draw no fluid. I was pretty beat up after forty five minutes on the table. The Doctor apologized and said no charge. The Neurologist put me on high altitude medicine to lower my spinal fluid pressure. After 4 weeks and two different dosages, still no relief! Back to the Doctor again, for an MRI. The good news they found nothing, the bad news is they found nothing. Now I'm on Beta Blockers, they are for high blood pressure patients but have given Migraine Headache patients relief. My Doctors feel the headaches have been brought on by the Apnea Machine. They canâ€™t explain why but since they canâ€™t find anything else that is their conclusion. I have been having these Headaches since July.
Do my symptoms sound familiar to anyone out there? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.