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Springy 11-12-2012 01:02 AM

Could I have sleep apnea?
 
Hi all.
I have been having rubbish nights sleep for ages now (not really sure when it started). I wake up 3/4 times a night usually with nightmares/vivid dreams. after getting back to sleep these usually continue on.
I have also been told in the past that i have episodes of not breathing, but i dont know if i still do this.
Usually in the morning i still feel tired (and usually grumpy!) and feel sleepy for most of the day.
I also feel out of breath sometimes during the night/after waking. i have had heartburn for a while and thought this was the reason for feeling out of breath.
Could this be sleep apnea? I dont know if it could be related to the heartburn/labyrinthitis i was diagnosed with a while ago or stress i have been having...

suemo 11-21-2012 09:47 PM

Re: Could I have sleep apnea?
 
visit a pulmonologist...have a sleep study. i worked reading sleep study reports for years and the common complaints of symptoms by patients prior to sleep study and after treatment are :

always> witnessed struggle for breath, patients throat pulling inward, but not waking...even if its only for a few seconds...sometimes 50 + times a night
daytime headaches
unexplained weight loss with cpap treatment
moodiness
disrupted concentration

do not blow this off...it takes years off your life by stressing your heart, lungs, etc...
get it checked out.
have a great turkey day!

truly,
suemo

danabarb 11-28-2012 03:01 PM

Re: Could I have sleep apnea?
 
You have all the signs of sleep apnea and I speak from experience. I had it for years and never knew it, but would wake up in the middle of the night, gasping for breath. However, the next day I would be fine and this did not seem to happen all the time-to my knowledge. One Christmas morning, I got up and had NO energy and I am a person who is loaded with energy. The sleep apnea had caught up to me! So, I had a sleep study test done and now am on a machine. Please do yourself a favor and go have a test done because if you need a machine, it could save your life. Sleep apnea untreated can lead to very serious issues.

Springy 11-29-2012 01:53 PM

Re: Could I have sleep apnea?
 
Thanks guys, I will discuss this with my gp in the near future.
Has anyone in the uk been through this with the NHS? what sort of things do they ask?


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