nightfall wrote:Hi all. I am new to learning about sleep apnea. My husband was recently told he may have it. He has yet to go for any testing. I hope that some of you can help me sort through it all! To give you some background-he is in his early 40s and has been diagnosed with so many different things over the years. I am hoping someone else has had a similar experience and can relate. Forgive me for the length of this post. If you can read through it all and offer some encouragement, I'd be grateful.
We've been married for 18 years and as far back as I can remember, he's been a snorer. Several years ago he began complaining of fatigue. Doctor thought perhaps it was work/stress related and possible chronic fatigue. This then developed into symptoms of diabetes. My husband is not overweight. In fact, he's on the thin side. His diabetes has only ever been managed through diet which he really does not control very well anyway. He often does not have much appetite. With the diabetes diagnosis came periods of fatigue more frequent and lasting longer.
Next came a diagnosis of depression for which he tried several different anti-depressants and alternative chinese medicine. All seem to help for a while AT FIRST. One doctor thought perhaps he was bi-polar. Along with the fatigue he is cranky, easily upset, sometimes to the point of aggressiveness, anger and the worst part - he acts like he's drunk! Add to this that he often sleeps all day on the weekends and most nights falls asleep before the kids too yet he gets up in the morning no problem. He's up before anybody else. When he feels really bad, he often slurs his words yet he is not drinking! It's so embarrassing and frustrating. I know it's not his fault.
Well a few months ago he started getting really bad headaches and was diagnosed with migraines. He also has high blood pressure and slightly elevated cholesterol. He has dealt with a lot of stress over the past few years-he had been unemployed, I'm currently unemployed with 3 kids to support. It's awful. Was sent for an MRI which showed a small stroke. In other people without any of his symptoms, the stroke would be nothing to be concerned about. It's the fact that he has these symptoms that it needs to be explored further. So he went to the stroke prevention clinic, has seen 2 neurologists and one of them sent him to a psychiatrist because he appeared depressed.
Well this psychiatrist is the one who suggested that everything points to sleep apnea. I can accept anything. If this is the correct diagnosis, then we'll deal with it. I'm just tired of making excuses for him when he has to leave a family function early or I see the sneers from people when I say he's tired or when he's acting all "weird." If in fact it is SA, then I support whatever needs to be done. I just cannot believe it's taken more than 10 years! Anybody else out there that can relate to any of this? I was totally shocked that acting drunk was one of the symptoms, yet I can barely find anything on the internet to suggest this. Please help if you can. Thanks
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