I first became aware that I snored when a college roommate mentioned it. Since being married (28 years ago) I have gotten the occasional poke in the side from my spouse to roll over but nothing severe. In recent years, I have many of the symptoms I know now to be associated with apnea that I have been associating with other medical issues and medication I am currently taking.
I feel encouraged to think that apnea may be the culprit for some of my symptoms and I can get on the road to solving some issues and getting my life back. I am apprehensive at having to be hooked to a machine for the rest of my life although I do understand how important it is to treat the apnea. I am praying I will adapt to it easily and quickly. I have definitely learned from this forum what questions to ask and to become proactive and knowledgeable. I know the DME I have selected only deals with ResMed machines. I intend to make it known I would like an auto machine and full data capability.
I am a two time cancer survivor 14 years ago and 4 years ago. Both different and unrelated cancers. The most recent cancer being breast cancer. In the past four years I have gained 60 pounds. Although I exercise regularly and watch what I eat, I can't seem to remove the extra weight. I am still being treated with a post cancer drug for at least another year. I have read it causes fatigue and weight gain and many women report significant weight gain and no matter how hard they try, they are unable to lose it. The usual time on the medication is five years after cancer. Because I switched medicines part way through the drug treatment to avoid possible severe side affects on the drug for another with less severe side affects, my oncologist wants to extend my time on it for two more years. Much to my dismay. I have been figuring the fatigue is due to the medicine and the extra weight I've been carrying around. The oncologist just tells me to exercise more and eat less. I am really doing all I can with that and working full time as well.
It has been so frustrating to me to make the effort in the gym, watch what I eat and still see no results. The weight keeps creeping up and making no sense to me. In the meantime, snoring has become a real problem in the last few years to those around me especially when we travel and stay in hotels. There is nowhere for my family to escape to another room. They get frustrated and I have come to dread those vacation nights and trying to keep myself awake so they can sleep.
I am glad to have this forum for support. Not sure my family understands being in the my shoes. They definitely want a quieter sleeping atmosphere. So here I am.