(12-10-2013 05:35 PM)ShelaghDB Wrote: Secondly. I am 54 but up until 4 years ago I had the body of a 20 year old, flat tummy, etc. never having had children and weight about 120 an ideal weight for my size.
Due to some medication I was put on, I developed an insatiable craving for sweets and at the same time stopped walking and began to ride a scooter everywhere. The combined effect, had me gain about 50 pounds which is a hell of a lot of weight for me. I'm just now off the medication as it was temporary, well, as in a couple of years but no longer needed and now its just time for me to start walking daily again, and dropping the weight without the high sugar intake daily and my weight will drop back to its normal state. Who knows? Perhaps I will gain an extra 5-10 pounds but my body could deal with it if it did, or at least how it was 4 years ago.
The sleep doctor seemed to feel that because this weight gain is, as he hopes, temporary, that I didn't need the machine but i pushed for it so we went ahead.
One other thing I have noticed and i don't know if any of you are the same.............I have noticed over the years that as i am sitting at the computer, or watching TV, reading a book and I will suddenly notice, although i am fully awake, that i have stopped breathing for a few seconds. Almost as if one does by holding their breath for a moment if they are watching a scary movie and that part is the part that scares them at that moment, well, often people hold their breath for a moment until that scene moves forward.
In my case, i don't know why I do it but have always done so, even when thinner, years earlier etc so MAYBE this is part of it or a tendency towards this happening when I sleep.....wonder if any of you also do this or whether its just normal to do so anyhow??!!
I, too, am 54. Four and a half years ago I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer. I have been on a post cancer medication since then that is known to cause weight gain and reported by other women to be near impossible to lose weight while on it regardless of exercise or good eating habits. It messes with the metabolism for one thing. In the past four years I have gained 60 lbs. I weighed 125 when I was diagnosed. I have been blaming my medication for the weight gain and complaining to my Oncologist. She just tells me to eat less exercise more. I have been going to the gym regularly and in over two years I have not lost one pound. I eat healthy too. I can't get that through to my Oncologist that I don't think it is lack of exercise or bad eating habits. She wants to keep me on the medicine two years longer than is normal which I don't want either. I know what the protocol for the medicine is and I haven't found anything to warrant keeping me on it two years longer. I began with one medicine and 1.5 years into it changed to another med to avoid more dangerous side affects from the first medicine. The doctor doesn't want to count that first 1.5 years and wants a full 5 years on the second medicine. I don't understand it and will deal with that when the initial 5 years are up.
I was overweight probably 8 years ago (following a different 'unrelated cancer). I changed bad habits and and began exercising ... successfully lost at that time 40 pounds to get to a healthy weight for me of 125 and swore I would never go back to heavy again. Then cancer #2 and I feel like the carpet was pulled out from under me. I have been appalled to see how much even 'more' heavy I am now. I beat myself up about it and highly frustrated.
I have blamed carrying all that extra weight around and being older on the fatigue I have felt in the last few years. And my snoring only got really bad the last two years (according to my husband). Since I was diagnosed with OSA in October, I have learned that weight gain can be a result of OSA as well and also difficult to lose it. I have read countless posts on this forum of people losing weight when they get their healthy sleeping under way. Now I am considering I have a double whammy with the weight gain. Not only from the medication but with OSA too. I inquired with the sleep doctor if my OSA was caused by the weight gain in the past 4 years and if it would go away when I lose weight after getting off the medication. I was told OSA doesn't typically go completely away with weight loss. But it can change as far as pressure prescribed and if I were to lose a lot of weight, another sleep study would need to be done to determine a pressure change.
Also, with stopping breathing or holding breath while wide awake. I find I do so if I am intently concentrating on something on my computer or reading or even in very deep in thought and my anxiety level increases. Sometimes to the point where I get light-headed. I will even say when I started reading this forum, before I went on CPAP a week ago, I found myself holding my breath as I read of many posts of a foreign way of life I would soon be joining and the difficulties many have getting used to CPAP. I am certain now I was making a mountain out of a mole hill before I even began the therapy.
I have had struggles in the first few days in particular with CPAP but it can be survived. And as many on here say, it is sure better than the alternative. I am looking for that silver lining of being able to lose weight. Maybe the CPAP is giving people more energy to exercise and maybe metabolisms are improving allowing it. I know I fight with myself every day after work to make myself go to the gym and have been doing it for 2+ years because of lack of energy. The mental battle and beating myself up is exhausting too.
Good luck with your journey!