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i have been diagnosed with mild-moderate apnea. unable to use cpap, scheduled for surgery in june. but my question is this: is anxiety/depression a normal symptom of apnea or is someone experiencing this as well? does it improve after surgery? i know everyone is different but just would like some input if anyone can. thanks

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Hi Jeannie,
While I didn't suffer from diagnosed depression prior to *PAP treatment, it would only seem reasonable to assume one would. The severity would vary with the individual.

Your body is suffering from sleep deprivation, which results in all kinds of stresses being placed on the normal bodily functions. This is but one of the severe side effects of sleep apnea, which could lead to death.

The fact that your system can't properly rest along with external stresses, just compound the situation resulting in a vicious cycle, which continually escalates. Your mind is constantly running in different directions.

I am interested in hearing why *PAP failed with you.

Does it improve post surgical? You can do nothing but hope and pray. If it relieves the ill effects you are currently suffering, I would say you should see a reduction in the anxiety level. Sleep does relieve stress.

A positive mind set going into the procedure will assist you in handling the stresses. Talking with other helps calm the nervousness you are suffering. Handle one crisis at a time.

Everyone here has an ear to lend and a shoulder to cry on. We might even throw our 2 cents worth in to help.

Please keep us updated. You experiences always help someone else who may be walking the same path.
Dan Lyons said:
Hi Jeannie,
While I didn't suffer from diagnosed depression prior to *PAP treatment, it would only seem reasonable to assume one would. The severity would vary with the individual.

Your body is suffering from sleep deprivation, which results in all kinds of stresses being placed on the normal bodily functions. This is but one of the severe side effects of sleep apnea, which could lead to death.

The fact that your system can't properly rest along with external stresses, just compound the situation resulting in a vicious cycle, which continually escalates. Your mind is constantly running in different directions.

I am interested in hearing why *PAP failed with you.

Does it improve post surgical? You can do nothing but hope and pray. If it relieves the ill effects you are currently suffering, I would say you should see a reduction in the anxiety level. Sleep does relieve stress.

A positive mind set going into the procedure will assist you in handling the stresses. Talking with other helps calm the nervousness you are suffering. Handle one crisis at a time.

Everyone here has an ear to lend and a shoulder to cry on. We might even throw our 2 cents worth in to help.

Please keep us updated. You experiences always help someone else who may be walking the same path.
Hey Dan, thanks for the input. I was never able to use the CPAP because I felt like I was smothering rather than getting more air. I tried different masks and nose pieces, but just was never good with any of it. I'm not anxious to have surgery by any means, I only want to rest. I've been battling with this for a number of years now and it only seems to be getting worse. Both my doctors have explained the post surgery, but I just can't go on like this any more.
Jeannie, anxiety and depression are all too common with sleep apnea. have you seen this article on the connection between sleep apnea and depression?

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