jesman wrote:Hi I'm fairly new to all of this but just recently I decide to have a sleep study done. After years of chronic fatigue and excessive daytime sleepiness and a wide variety of other symptoms. Well the study came back with mild sleep apnea but a severe level of oxygen desaturation down to 78%. After the sleep doctor told me I had nothing to worry about I wasn't convinced so I persuaded my regular doctor to test my oxygen level again. And it was abnormal again dropping 5% every hour it was down in the 70% range again. She was really concerned and said I absolutely have a breathing disorder while I sleep.
I was wondering how is this problem usually treated? I have not been able to find much information about this problem. Is sleep apnea playing a larger role here then what we realize? I ask that cause some odd years ago I had my tonsils and adenoids out and I felt insanely better like a new person. And I know that could have treated sleep apnea if I have it. Of course though I got worse again about after a year.
Please help I'm tired of being tired!
First off you must get a copy of your sleep study report.....the full one running to 5/7 pages, not the shortened version.
IMHO severity of sleep apnoea is not everything. Like you, many people with mild apnoea are very symptomatic and IMHO dealing with these symptoms is paramount.
Next, a titration study..preferably in a clinic (because you are symptomatic and have low oxygen levels)..during which (with the introduction of positive airway pressure) your apnoea and particularly your low SAO2 can be addressed.
Many insurers (and some less than knowledgable doctors) will want to focus on lifestyle change and sleep hygiene issues......in your case I believe it is important to have these symptoms dealt with ASAP.
I believe that your sleep study report should shed a little light on some of the symptoms.