(01-21-2016, 11:41 PM)ezdrifler Wrote: 4) How can so many people sleep fine without it? specially countries that dont even have access to this equipment?
Q: How can so many people sleep fine without it?
A1: How can so many people get by without insulin? Or blood pressure medicine?
A2: They die quietly in their sleep without anyone blaming apnea.
A3: Ask them what medicines they take. Why can so many people get by without that medicine?
Q: What did people do before they had CPAP?
A: They died quietly in their sleep.
Q: What do people do if they don't use their CPAP?
A: They die quietly in their sleep.
- Note: They actually probably died noisily in their sleep. With their loved ones listening to their snoring and labored breathing.
(01-21-2016, 11:41 PM)ezdrifler Wrote: 1) I still think you dont have that apnea, you should get further tests, you probably got misdiagnosed.
The way the tests work, if they say you've got apnea, you've got apnea. The test detects when you stop breathing. "Normal" people don't stop breathing for more than 10 seconds during their sleep. If anything, the test will miss apnea, not find it where it doesn't exist. AHI of 24 means you stop breathing 200 times in an 8 hour night. At best these episodes probably disturb your sleep.
Does your machine adjust your pressure up above 5 during the night? If so, that's confirmation that you have apnea and need the pressure. If you don't have apnea, the machine should leave the pressure at 5.
(01-21-2016, 11:41 PM)ezdrifler Wrote: 3) What if the machine causes you harm instead of good?
What if the insulin does more harm than good? Or blood pressure medicine? Or acid reflux meds? Or aspirin? What if you get some sort of infection from your eyeglasses? Or contacts?
(01-21-2016, 11:41 PM)ezdrifler Wrote: 2) You should check your thyroid for Hypothyroidsm, your sister had it, maybe thats the real problem.
That's actually a good idea. I believe thyroid problems are correlated with sleep apnea, but even if you have thyroid problems, fixing your thyroid levels probably won't fix your apnea.
Ask your doctor if he's done a blood test for thyroid. I think that's pretty common these days, and the test is pretty cheap. There's probably a good chance he's done it already. If not, ask for one the next time you're seeing him, especially if you're already having a blood draw. Mention the family history.
(01-21-2016, 11:41 PM)ezdrifler Wrote: The family (wife and daughter):
Q: blah blah blah
A: I'm sleeping and feeling better. Get lost.
A2: Sleep apnea kills. If not directly through heart attack, stroke, etc., from falling asleep at the wheel.