Re: apnea,seizure, neither or both?
Welcome to the boards, Mary! Your symptoms are pretty typical of sleep apnea...I have been diagnosed with and am being treated for sleep apnea so I can speak from experience. When we stop breathing due to obstructive or central sleep apnea, the oxygen levels in our body drop...our brain "realizes" this is happening and jolts us awake so we can breath again. When we're very low on oxygen (as in after an apnea event) we can experience feelings of rapid heartbeat, breathlessness, and anxiety! The swallowing thing is connected, too, but I will not take the time to explain it here.
You say your seizures are controlled with meds...that's good so it doesn't sound like the apnea is contributing to the seizure problem. But just for the sake of other readers, seizures can "accompany" some sleep disorders.
How did you get a diagnosis of sleep apnea? Did you have a sleep study done at a reputable sleep center? If so, what was the specialty of your sleep specialist? A cardiologist? pulmonologist? ENT? allergist?
Why do you say your apnea is difficult to treat?
You may find that the posters on the Sleep Disorders Boards would have more personal experience with the symptoms/conditions you have. Hope to see you over there!
PS Low oxygen levels would contribute to additional problems/risks with AVM I would think!
Last edited by bethsheba; 11-01-2008 at 08:29 PM.