It took years upon years to finally get the docs to understand what I was going through since my late teens. All the symptoms were there and it wasn't until 5 years ago that my wife of 30 years (who thank God has put up with and stood by me)urged and convinced me to ask my doctor to make a referral to have a sleep study done. Well I have to admit that she was right..... I was diagnosed with Complex sleep apnea, AHI's in the fifties.
Like so many before me I took the sleep study, had a consultation and given another sleep study to determine which type of machine would be best for me. Well I was given a Respironics Bipap ST with the settings of 15/10 and told " here ya go. Well after another year, things weren't yet right. I went back to the doc and told them how I was feeling and low behold wouldn't you know it, I was given another sleep study and told at the consultation that everything would stay the same.
Somewhere along lines of communication I fell in between the cracks and didn't hear back from the Doc. Well early December 2014 I decided enough was enough and I was tired of being tired, it was then I decided to seek out another study with a different Doc. Well the study was just 2 weeks ago, what an enlightening and eye opening experience. At the end of the study when they came in and woke me up, I can honestly say that I have never been or felt that alert, awake, aware, calm in my entire life. As it turns out I had actually only slept about 3 hours and the next 17 hours were awesome. OMG I WANT MORE OF THAT !!!!
Well, it turns out that I'll be going back in 3 weeks for another study because the therapueatic intervention utilizing BIPAP ST at 20 IPAP / 16 EPAP was ineffective in controlling the apneas. So this study will be a titration with an ASV.
But anyway I apologize for the rant ....... I'm SORRY and I wish everyone success in their treatment.
P.S. I want more of that..... Ya that... SLEEP !!!!