Welcome to our crazy little part of the world.
It can take some people months and sometimes the changes are in increments small enough that you do not recognize them from day to day. Hang in there, it should get better.
(04-15-2014, 10:32 AM)jbuchanan6196 Wrote: Thanks for quick reply. It's just hard to stick with something when you're not seeing results. I have heard about people having immediate results so I was getting worried. My doctor said I have mild apnea that may take longer to respond to treatment but I'm not sure.
Also, consider what other conditions you may have. Some people have co-morbid conditions with their apnea. Diabetes? Weight? Blood pressure? Medications?
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04-15-2014, 11:09 AM
(This post was last modified: 04-15-2014, 11:10 AM by jbuchanan6196.)
Blood tests with my primary care doc were all good. Weight is normal, I am 6'1 close to 160 lbs. They always tell me my blood pressure is good and I am on no medications. I am suspecting narcolepsy but my MSLT check OK (at least I guess it did, I couldn't get to sleep during any of the naps).
Feeling better is a difficult thing for us sometimes. Rest assured you ARE better even if you can't really pin-point the differences yet. They could be more subtle in your case: Your heart could feel better. Your lungs could feel better, your gizzard even. In my case I noticed rather immediate results because of the snore thing and the falling asleep behind the wheel thing. Those remain my two most significant areas of improvement. In fact I cannot remember the last time the Coast Guard called me because my snoring was setting off their seismic tsunami sensors. Same thing for behind the wheel napping: It just doesn't happen anymore, and that's a good thing too.
But there's a lot of more subtle changes going on. My "downtime" due to exacerbations caused by my emphysema has been considerably reduced. I have not had to resort to a 10-day prednisone regimen for 3 months now. That's a pretty major thing for me. Could this be something that has been made slowly better because of the cpap treatment? I don't really know, but I'll take it. I do know even when my breathing is giving me crap, once I relax at night with the machine it will level out and be much better.
My house is a much happier house too. My wife is getting much more and better sleep because I'm not raising the roof all night. Even the miserable cats seem more rested.
So take great pleasure in your successfully adapting to the therepy. You're numbers are great, and your body is very grateful, even if it doesn't really say "thank you" all the time.
WELCOME! to the forum.!
Sometimes it takes quite a while for you to notice changes but don't give up, it does get better.
Best of luck to you with your CPAP therapy.