jamjar62 wrote:I feel okay but truthfully I didn't feel that bad before I started using my BiPap. The only reason I went in for a sleep study was because my family complained about my snoring. My sleepiness score (or whatever that test is called) was only a 5 and I didn't have the problems associated with apnea.
And in that case, maybe your OSA was caught before it had started to make a serious impact on the quality of your life. And in that case, you can think of the BiPAP as a tool that will keep
you feeling at your best for years to come.
With the BiPAP you are minimizing your chances for developing such comorbid conditions as treatment resistant high blood pressure, serious heart disease, type II diabetes, stroke. With the BiPAP you may never experience the constant fatigue and excessive daytime sleepiness that so many develop before their OSA is discovered. Hence your life may be spared years of feeling like you are existing
rather than living
, finding it a constant struggle to get through each and every day.
And then, there's another potential benefit: In several months you may start to notice a positive difference in how you feel that doesn't directly seem like it could be related to the OSA in the first place. For me, it took a year before I was consistently waking up feeling "better" than I had pre-CPAP. The positive changes in how I felt were both very subtle and very gradual. And the very first positive difference in how I felt on a daily basis was when I started to notice that I was no longer waking up with pain in my hands and feet every morning. Now, I never wake up with hand and foot pain. And this one seemingly small difference makes me feel much younger than I felt 15 months ago---about the time I started CPAP.