What was the last straw or deciding factor that made you decide to seek treatment? Perhaps we could use this information to encourage others with sleep apnea to stop avoiding treatment and to seek help.
i was continually tired and it took about thirty years for a diagnoses
There were several straws, actually. I woke up feeling exhausted each morning, kept falling asleep sitting up during the day,felt as though I was in a fog, and couldn't think straight. It got worse and worse over the course of a year or so, and I thought I was losing my mind... until my family physician referred me to a sleep clinic. I will always be grateful to that doctor for recognizing symptoms of sleep apnea. Life is 100% better now!
I went to many, many doctors trying to find out why I was so weary and tired.
I did have a serious candida problem. A decade ago I found an alternative doctor who recognized many of my symptoms and put me on a candida diet. I was on it for one year. Even my alternative doctor was amazed that I was so completely faithful to the regime of no sugar which meant not even eating high-sugar content vegetables. My diet was limited to fish, meat, (low-sugar content) vegetables, olive oil (no butter), and eggs. For the nutrients I was missing, I was on a regime of vitamins as well as an herbal regime to kill off the excessive candida.
I felt WONDERFUL, lost about 30 pounds (which I needed to lose) but...I still didn't sleep well. The alternative doctor had no suggestions about that problem.
I did the rounds of doctors, not one of whom suggested sleep apnea including the doctors at a sleep disorder clinic! (Sleep Disorders Institute in New York City on West 55th Street). DSI "treated" me for insomnia, put me on a sleep restriction protocol and gave me all kinds of sleep hygiene tips and tricks. Needless to say, nothing helped. I concluded that if even the "experts" couldn't help me, there was just no answer.
The person who diagnosed me is a friend with whom I shared a hotel room when we attended an out-of-town event. She knew about sleep apnea; she knew I had it.
I went to Sleep Medicine Associates (East 26th Street in New York City) immediately after returning from the trip. The scheduled overnight revealed a severe case of sleep apnea, a condition that should have been diagnosed -- or at least suggested -- by someone decades ago. So much suffering would have been avoided.
I am very grateful to my friend Myra for her diagnosis. She may have literally saved my life; she has certainly made it much, much better: I'm now awake enough to live it!
And I LOVE my CPAP machine!!! Love it!!!
My husband told me I was snoring a lot and not breathing continually. He told me to go to the doc. The doc - a GP - actually said I should go to a sleep clinic. He set me to the sleep doc to have it set up. It really helps to have someone else notice.
I had also been given the usual anti-depressants and anti-anxiety drugs. I kept telling them I'm not anxious per se. I was anxious because I kept waking up in a panic and with a racing heart and high blood pressure. But it wasn't a panic attack like they said; it was from apneas. Sheesh.
I simply became unable to stay awake during the day. I could not drive. Would fall asleep in appointments. Before that I was taking four or five hour naps during the afternoon where I was dead to the world. I saw my GP who scheduled me for a sleep study and found out I had OSA.
Mine was mild at that time and I was given a choice of CPAP or wait ands see. I jumped at the chance for CPAP because my sleepiness was ruling my life. After four years I haven't had great improvement with CPAP so I am preparing for a trial of ASV.