(04-17-2012, 02:37 PM)greatunclebill Wrote: to me, sleep aids and cpap is a dangerous combination at best, prescribed or not. when you add in the mix of using a non-data capable cpap and adjusting your own pressure by pure guesswork, it becomes a deadly game of russian roulette. if you continue on this course, make sure your will is up to date. you need to be discussing this with your doctor, and not be asking strangers in a forum.
greatunclebbill nailed it right on the head. This is the best advice anyone can give you.
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Despite the "professional advice" I have had for the last decade or so, treating myself with guidance from sites like this one in the last few months has yielded considerably better benefits. In view of the misinformation and misery I have endured, I will henceforth have a lot less faith in my doctors until I can find new ones. It sounds like many here are leading the happy, rested life I seek and I do respect their opinions but they are ultimately not my doctor. I just cannot wait. A forum full of strangers is preferable.
As for another sleep study, "Maybe in six months...." I was told. As for my will, ...check.
Hey there greatunclebill
I was referring to my experience (yours can vary) with the doc and strangers as the so-called strangers helped me while the professional doctor which suppose to know whats going on did nothing of the sort.
It is too, too easy to become "addicted" to a medication and not be "addicted" like folks are to heroin. The body quickly becomes used to the drug, high or not. It is why a lot of medication has be to tapered off instead of stopped cold turkey. It's to give the body time to adjust.
That said, I want to clarify what you said in the first post.
You were NOT diagnosed with sleep apnea when the docs started giving you sleeping medication, right?
Then when you WERE finally diagnosed correctly, they didn't help you stop them, but just told you to take less, right?
Now you've been using it a while but were never told you needed to revisit the sleep doc, right?
Okay then, if the above is true, then you have several choices.
Stop using the pills. If you take 1 a day, then in a week, take 1/2 a day. In a week, take 1/4 a day. Then 1/4 every other day. Etc Etc Whatever works for you but you have to stop. Like the others have said, sleeping pills and sleep apnea do not mix.
Gather up all your meds into a bag and take them to your doc. Write down all of your diagnoses and what you do to treat them. This includes CPAP. Take all of this to your doctor. Doesn't matter if it is the sleep doc. Your GP would do just as good. Go over each medication. EACH one. Discuss the pros and cons and if any of them contradict each other. Be honest and open. You can also take your meds to your pharmacy. It is a good idea to get your meds all from the same place anyway. If you do get all your meds from the same place, they should already know if any of them interact with each other.
Only YOU can take control of your situation. We can advise and fuss but we can't do it for you. I'm sorry you were misdiagnosed all those years and that the idiot docs didn't help you afterwards. But it is time you got control and held yourself, and them, accountable.
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