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« on: December 31, 2004, 10:38:12 AM »

For the past year or more, my wife has what i was thinking is some type of sleep apnea.  Approximately every other month she would wake me up holding her throat and chocking.  The best way i could descibe it is that it was like she had swallowed her throat.  She also is completely exhausted even after a 10 hour night of sleep and she's been having headaches the past month now.  There's no telling how often this occured, i just noticed it every other month or so.  It would freak me out, but i would forget about it until the next episode.  
Well i read over this past weekend that Reggie White dies and sleep apnea is partialy to blame for it (amongst other things).  I immediately think, This is what is happening to my wife!  I go online and do some research and what do you know, i'm pretty positive she has apnea!  So i scare the crap out of her with the Reggie White story because i knew otherwise she would think it's ridiculous and we set an appointment with a sleep specialist.
So Tuesday she has her consultation with the Neurologist.  She explains her symptoms and he tells her ya it sounds like apnea.  However, the freakin idiot also tells her, "oh, if it's not apnea it's probably just MS, but don't worry about it".  When she calls me crying i freakin go through the roof!  What doctor would tell a patient such a thing out of the blue if he wasn't more sure?  I assured her that ms is ridiculous, although it had me worried as well and it had to be some type of apnea.  They set a sleep study for next week.
Now last night we get a call at 8 pm that they've had a cancellation and did she want to do the study?  Of course she's eager to get it done so she says yes she'll be right there.  She takes off and tells me she'll call me in the morning when she finds out the resuls.

Fast forward to this morning...............the study found out that she woke up 132 times last night and they have diagnosed her with hypopnea.  Apparently it's not exactely apnea because hypopnea is a partial obstruction not complete like apnea.  I tell her no wonder she's exhausted if she wakes up over 100 times a night, she's getting no rest at all!  Lastly, they want another study to have her sleep with one of those breathing masks to see if that treatment will work or if she'll need medicine for it.  
I'm just thankful they didn't mention ms to her anymore.  Anyone else had any experince with apnea or particularly hypopnea?
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« Reply #1 on: December 31, 2004, 12:25:29 PM »

That's a scary thing to have to go through but it's good to know exactly what it is.  I know a lot of people are helped by wearing one of those c-pap (spelling?) machines as it basically ensures you breathe correctly at night which allows people to stay asleep.
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« Reply #2 on: December 31, 2004, 01:04:30 PM »

My father uses one of those breathing masks and he says it has changed his life. You'll be amazed at the amount of energy your wife has after she gets a good nights rest for the first time in however many years.

Good job to you for pursuing her to take care of this!
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« Reply #3 on: December 31, 2004, 01:27:52 PM »

I was diagnosed with moderately bad sleep apnea after a sleep study.  Waking up 132 times is a LOT...I didn't wake up much more than that and the doctor was surprised I was able to function as well as I did.  For some very strange reason (probably a very good and given my medical history of sinus problems/strep throat) I was fast-tracked to having the surgury and bypassing the machine completely.  They basically went in and fixed my nose (deviated septum), removed my tonsils (I was a strep carrier) and part of the top/back of my mouth.

For those who don't realize how bad this is...take a week.  Sleep 2 hours a night for that week.  Realize that most people with bad apnea feel like you would after that week is over...except they feel like that all of time.  Every day.  Mine was getting so bad I was dozing off while driving home in the afternoon.  I was taking naps on my lunch break.  I was laid off from a previous job and one of the reasons given was falling asleep at work.  It can be very bad.

The surgery was horrible BTW smile  I lost around 30 pounds in two weeks (the ultimate diet...remove your ability to eat ) and had to go on an IV after the 3rd day because I couldn't eat or drink anything.  It would take hours to eat a small cup of jell-o.  The first week I wished I had never had it done.  By the end of the second week I was back to normal except a little soreness and realized this was probably the most beneficial thing I had every done for myself.  Now the bi-monthly strep throat is gone, I have 3-4 sinus infections a year instead of monthly, I can sleep and actually feel rested and alert
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