I haven't read your entire thread yet, but will. I experienced a lot of the same things you did before being diagnosed. Glad to see you've now been diagnosed and are receiving treatment. A few worlds of advice.
1. It takes time to adapt. Know that it WILL get better. At first i was more exhausted with cpap than without, because I couldn't sleep well with it. So if at first it's difficult, know that will end, and the benefits to your health and well being will be huge.
2. Losing weight is always good and might eliminate apnea. Just as often it doesn't. No matter what you do, please protect your health and use cpap for now.
Best of luck!
GUYS !! IM SO HAPPY!! I SLEPT GOOD FOR 2.5 HOURS IN A NAP!!
I finally got a hold of the kaiser sleep clinic, They recommended i increase the humidifier setting from the original factory default.
I learned about preheating so i did and cranked it up to 5
My nose was clear the whole time and my AHI dropped from 12.50 to 1.78