(07-23-2013, 11:23 AM)PaulaO2 Wrote: Why didn't the CPAP work? How long did you try it? How did the treatment work for you? Was it effective but you could not tolerate it?
It has been proven that high blood pressure is linked to a wide range of other illnesses and conditions. Such as hypertension. Taking your blood pressure meds is like mopping up the blood without closing the wound if you don't take care of the sleep apnea.
If sleep apnea, high blood pressure, and depression are the "only" conditions you have, you will not get disability. You may qualify for a temporary thing in order to help you get back into the work force but that is getting harder to do due to budget cuts. You may have better luck getting Medicaid at the county health services first.
The CPAP hasn't worked consistantly for me because I take it off in my sleep mostly. The times that it does work I can feel it in my lungs when I wake up. They feel kinda like they've been "cleaned out." I can't remember having the benefit of two nights in a row where it has worked. Also, I had a really bad sinus infection last September that I think might have been from using it.