lisasister wrote:I am cancer survivor who gained weight after treatment. About 5 months ago, I noticed that no matter how much I slept, it was not restful. I felt depressed and exhausted. I confided to my doctor about this issue. He happens to have sleep apnea too. He referred me to a sleep specialist who said I have moderate sleep apnea. I am not familiar with all the terms and lingo yet, but I took a sleep test without the mask in January then another one in February with a mask which was set in automatic and it turned out it did not work. Just last week, I took another sleep study with the manual mask which was very heavy and uncomfortable. I did not feel any better. I felt worse with the mask on . I don't get my final results into a few days.
My question is to those who had sleep apnea because of weight issues and have lost the weight, did the weight loss cure you from this condition? I am told because I am in the early stages that if I lose 40 pounds I can reverse it. What's your experience? I really don't want to wear the mask the rest of my life, so already I have lost 12 pounds and have noticed a difference. I actually feel more rested now since I lost weight than I did when I wore the mask on last week. I feel the mask is not helpful.
Thanks for any info you can provide.
lisasister wrote:Thank you for taking the time to respond. This is so new to me and you helped a great deal. I have cut back on portions and by doing so I've lost some weight. I am trying to be careful and not crash diet. I am choosing healthier and eating less. I'm not a smoker and I don't drink caffeine products, so I am unsure if it's related to my cancer diagnosis years ago and its side effects. I am waiting on my 3rd results and I hope I will finally have an answer from my doctor. I was reading that acid reflux may be correlated with sleep apnea. I do have this issue and noticed when I stopped taking the mediation (unwise) six months later I had sleep problems.
Thanks again. I feel so much better talking about this issue to someone who understands.
poster999 wrote:I am trying to treat my apnea with a combination of an oral appliance and weight loss. When originally diagnosed with apnea about half a year ago, I was about 25 pounds overweight and had an AHI of 40. I tried cpap but had a hard time getting used to it. My doctor said that an AHI of 40 was too high for an oral appliance to work, but my research shows that depending on how you define successful treatment, an oral appliance can be an option. While there are no rules, from what I have learned oral appliances can do a pretty good job with an AHI in the 30's. They don't typically get your AHI close to 0 like cpap, but they often do a pretty good job at getting people down to mild apnea or better. Since I was not that overweight to begin with, I am pretty sure that weight loss alone cannot get my AHI down to what I consider an acceptable number. However, I am now only 10 pounds overweight, so I hope my weight loss has put me in a position where an OA can get my AHI under 10. This is just my experience, but I find my OA to be much easier to tolerate than cpap. I don't know what AHI I have now, but my wife says I never snore anymore, and I feel more rested than I have in many years. In terms of how tired I feel, I am perfectly happy to carry on like this. My concern is the stress on my heart if my AHI is still too high. I am getting retested in a couple of weeks, so I will know how this combination has worked in about a month.
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