Donald wrote:I just went to my doctor for my physical. He looked down my throat and asked if I snore... I replied my wife says I do. I don't know. He is also my Dad's doctor so he said as tight as my airway is and with my Dad having it also he almost guarantees I have it. So anyway I now have a sleep study scheduled for March 2. My Uncle went for his test a year or so ago and he swears he has it. He knows he has woke up struggling for breath. His test was negative. He told me he loaded up on cold medicine and pain killers to help relax him and clear his sinuses. He said he also got woke up several times for pulling his testers off. Is medicine a way to beat the test? I don't think I have it. I filled in the questions they gave me at the doctor's and didn't fill in a single blank other than snoring. What do you guys think? I just want to take the test the best I can. I don't mind having it but I don't want to have all the equipment if it isn't needed. I also don't know how much all of that equipment cost. Does the doctor provide it?
As for Daniel why are you being such a jerk? I come to a forum on the subject that I have a question about and you jump my butt? What kind of person are you? Needless to say I don't require anymore responses from you. I will answer your question to me even though I shouldn't after the way you responded. As for why he went and why I am going is because our doctors set up an appointment for us to go. My insurance is paying (I pay whether I use it or not) so there is nothing out of my pocket otherwise I wouldn't be there. Also if they couldn't work it around my schedule then I wouldn't be there. Luckily I work a four day work week so I always have Friday off. If I am diagnosed I intend to treat the condition but I won't pay anything to do it. My doctor is the one that suggested all of this. And cost is the top priority of anything I do. If I didn't worry about finances I wouldn't be what I am.
Now don't get me wrong but if I am sick I pay a doctor to give me something to get well. It hasn't bothered me thus far and if it does become bothersome I would treat it. For example I have already been diagnosed with a deviated septum. However there is no need to get the surgery to correct it if it isn't harming me in any way.
Maybe I am naive about this subject. Perhaps I just haven't done my research but how is this life threatening? I know you might quit breathing but any normal person would wake up when that happens. So what is the danger involved? Thanks for helping me again Mrs. Winkle. Anybody please feel to respond. However if you're responses are going to be like Daniels than don't bother. I come here to learn and educate myself and not to have people harrass me over my questions or decisions.
I am curious about what your dad did about his diagnosis since the doctor said he had it. It can run in families. I have a nephew and two first cousins who have been diagnosed with severe sleep apnea and they are all sleeping with machines. Recently my 40 year old son was diagnosed. If I were you, I would be really happy to have a doctor who wants to be sure that you will not become a victim of sleep apnea. Maybe you won't die from it now, but over time, if you have it, it will take a serious toll on your body. I went years with undiagnosed severe sleep apnea because I didn't want to sleep with a machine. So I ended up on blood pressure medication in my 30s. I have a lot of serious health issues that I developed over time, including GERD, memory problems, am overweight though I was very thin until I was in my 30s. I am thrilled to be sleeping with a machine now, it feels like a lifeline. But I sure wish I had been brave enough to get the study done when I was much younger or had a doctor who cared enough to suggest a study to prevent the health problems I have now.
Have the study and if you don't have sleep apnea, you can celebrate. If you do, you can find out what to do next on this forum. Believe me, your poor uncle didn't do himself any favors by trying to beat the test. If he is having the problems he says he's having, maybe you will be the one who convinces him to get the help he needs to stop the damage to his body from progressing. There are lots of people here who will help you find you way. I wish you luck and good health.
Vicki wrote:It is very common for people with untreated sleep apnea to think that the way they feel is normal. It is not until they are treated that they realize how sick they have been. It is also, very unfortunately, common for people to think that sleep apnea is only about snoring or fatigue. Some of the effects of untreated sleep apnea are below. The ASAA (the sponsors of this forum) provide PAPs for those who have a financial need.
The effects of untreated obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) are severe and systemic. Some of them are; increased blood pressure, increased risk of heart attack and stroke (from the constant cycling in and out of hypoxia and increased blood pressure), heart arrhythmias, nocturia (because the increased pressure in the right heart ventricle makes the body think there is too much blood volume so urine is produced), headaches (especially in the morning and probably due to hypoxia), fatigue (duh), memory and concentration problems, weight gain (sleep deprivation causes weight gain for several physiological reasons, one being the alteration of the hormones leptin and ghrelin), apnea induced seizures, there is a link to diabetes, there is a link to GERD, night sweats, depression, anxiety (each apneic event is a true suffocation and elicits the "Fight or Flight" adrenalin response), Fibromyalgia-like symptoms, impotence, decreased libido, relationship and job issues, car accidents, etc.
I was just like you. My only symptom (or so I thought) was snoring. All the other boxes on the test were left unchecked. I was ready to walk out of there. However, as it turns out, I had high blood pressure caused by Sleep Apnea and a whole host of unseen problems stirring.
With Sleep Apnea, your throat closes up and you stop getting oxygen for and average of 10 to 15 seconds. This make your blood's oxygen levels drop, just a tiny bit. Problem is, when the apnea is bad, you can stop breathing almost once a minute. The less oxygen your blood has, the harder your heart has to work and the more of a strain it is. If it gets very low, some of your other organs can suffer from lack of oxygen as well. Your heart gets use to pumping extra blood to try and accommodate and this causes high blood pressure that carries forward into the rest of the day.
Myself, my blood pressure went from "high enough for medication" to normal or just under normal, in one night.
On top of that, because your body is not getting the chance to drop down into deep sleep (you tend to wake up enough to start breathing again, but not enough to notice you are awake), you miss out on the truly restful sleep. This means your immune system can be compromised and your ability to handle stress can become diminished.
In the end, all the extra stress on your heart and organs can cause failure. Heart attacks and strokes. If you have it, you really do not want to "cheat the test" because then you will never know. You could be doing all sorts of damage to your heart and organs and not even know it. At the very least, if you aren't going to treat the issue, at least find out if you have the issue.
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