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I mean I'm 18 with it and I have loads of other problems but some people I've seen talk about it like its a death sentence and it kinda trips me out
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It is definitely NOT a death sentence. It is just about entirely manageable and as long as it is being treated will not cause damage. UNTREATED sleep apnea can lead to a whole host of health problems concerning the heart, kidneys, etc or cause accidents due to exhaustion. And, let's face it, no one without sleep apnea would choose to sleep with a cpap and having a mask attached to their face. But after awhile strapping on the mask becomes as routine as brushing your teeth and other bedtime preparations.
My husband, daughter and I are all using different machines (cpap, bipap and ASV). She was diagnosed at your age, and has many other issues (polycystic ovary syndrome, hypothyroid, asthma to name a few). Sleep apnea is the least of her problems.
Have you had a sleep study yet to try out different masks and get a pap prescribed? There are lots of hints, like being sure to try a variety of masks, and knowing that you have 30 days to return one to try something else if you need to. Also, be sure that you get a machine that will monitor your treatment: if a ResMed machine, make sure it has "elite" in its name and do not accept anything with escape in its name. The escapes do not measure the effectiveness of the machine.
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I was diagnosed at 22. Everything I had heard was bad. I was very scared but when I got on this forum I learned that it wasn't all that bad. I'm just glad that I was diagnosed so that I could get treatment and feel better. After I got my CPAP it was like a whole new world! I feel a lot better when I wake up in the morning.
My CPAP has help a lot with my allergies, asthma and claustrophobia.
Mild OSA (AHI 77)
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you will be surprised how smart you are, when you get cpap working for you. i can easily shave 20 points off of my i.q. by having a bad sleep night over a good night.
untreated, it is a very severe condition.
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