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Old 05-07-2011, 01:04 PM
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Originally Posted by Mattie Jo View Post
You should check with your doctor. but your wife would be able to hear you when you are sleeping. You would be gasping for air several times an hour.
I don't see where the wife is sleeping in this post. There have been many times my husband falls asleep on the couch, and the next thing I know, I am holding my breath, waiting for him to inhale. It's terrible. Yes, he has sleep apnea, but refuses to do anything about it. Although lately, with his sinuses improving, and he has stopped taking certain medications (which also could be a cause of sleep apnea), his breathing has become better while sleeping.

Just putting my two sense in, if it helps any.
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Old 11-30-2011, 10:16 AM
Location: Durham
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Get to your dr and ask for a sleep study.

I have struggled with sleep apnea the last 17 years or more. I had throat surgery, no help at all. A CPAP helped for a few months. Provigil helps a small amount, to stay alert during the day, but it is only a band aid.

Has anyone tried the mouth guard/tongue guard devices? Makers of them claim their value, naturally.

I can sleep 10 yours Sat night & still fall asleep in church Sunday morning.
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Old 12-02-2011, 03:09 PM
Location: Maryland
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I have a similar problem, having being diagnosed with severe sleep apnea 2 years ago. Even after 4 sleep studies, including an MSLT and several mask changes I still can't function. I'm afraid that years of psychotropic drugs (prescribed) have either damaged my brain or my nervous system.

I can sleep 8 hours wake up looking like a racoon with black eyes and yawning. I mean yawning IMMEDIATELY upon 'waking' up. I might feel ok upon waking I get behind the wheel, drive to the organic grocery, then once the car stops and the stimulation of driving, my mind collapses and is ready for sleep.

When my pressure wasn't right I would wake up in the morning or the middle of the night with my heart beating hard, so hard in fact I went to the hospital once because of it. You might want to check for that symptom. I never woke up feeling like I was choking or anything like that, just unrefreshed.

I'm not sure I sleep much better than before, besides the heart issue. I can't even drive to the sleep appointments, not alert enough. It's getting to the point where I'm trying to buy a mini van so I can sleep in it ON THE WAY to the appointment(s).

So OP I would ask for a sleep study or at least an at home sleep study. You might also want to check on the apnea support forum; they can be a great resource.
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Old 12-02-2011, 03:30 PM
Location: Florida
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I'd get a sleep study done for the snoring and sleep problems. And I'd see an ear, nose, and throat specialist about your sinuses.
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Old 12-03-2011, 08:29 AM
Location: Mid-Atlantic east coast
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Some questions for the OP:

Do you drink alcohol? If yes, how much?
Do you smoke cigarettes or anything else?
Do you snort any drugs?
Have you been tested for food allergies--esp. gluten intolerance?

Any or all of these can affect health, sleep and sinus infections/headaches.

My sinus/headache problems went away once I quit smoking cigarettes
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Old 12-07-2011, 02:59 PM
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Originally Posted by catsmom21 View Post
This is not really a good way to judge. Wife is probably sleeping and won't hear him wake.
I beg to differ. I wasn't diagnose with OSA until my wife (then girlfriend) noticed it and urged me to see a doctor. I was 22 at the time.

I was diagnosed with severe OSA I believe the Apnea Hypopnea Index I had was 88. I tried CPAP and I couldn't do it. Psychologically I could not have a mask on my face, it made me panic. After several sleep studies I saw an ENT who suggested surgery and later performed a series of procedures all in one shot. 4 years later I am much, much better. It was kind of strange when the ENT told me after surgery that I had the largest tonsils he had ever removed.

As far as symptoms, I would fall asleep while driving which really scared me. It would only be for a split second, though. I used to always fall asleep after work. I rarely was able to stay awake during movies. Just constantly tired. I gained a lot of weight, too. When I was sleeping my chest would heave while gasping for air. I snored so loud my wife had to wear ear plugs or I slept in the other room. I also had acid refluxes and choked on them while gasping for air which created more problems and sleepless nights. It was scary.

Please, do yourself a favor and get a sleep study. Once you find a treatment that works your quality of life will improve so much.
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Old 12-09-2011, 08:32 AM
Location: Durham UK
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Originally Posted by jr991 View Post
thanks for your reply, I am 5 foot 6. I appear healthy on paper but I feel very unhealthy. A lot of other things going on at the moment with muscle weakness, weight loss, neurological changes in vision. The yawning and fatigue has been something that has progressed over the years. All this other stuff thats going on now has just been within the last year or so.

Thanks again. Looking forward to more replies!
I would be far more concerned about finding the cause of the neuro changes in vision, muscle weakness and weight loss than worrying about whether you have sleep apnoea.
What tests have they done?
Have you seen a neurologist?
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Old 12-25-2011, 09:51 PM
Location: Durham
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I'm glad your surgery worked. Mine didn't help at all & my throat took a year to get back to normal. I talked to a few people it helped but most said it didn't help them much.
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