Hello Guest, Welcome to Apnea Board !
As a guest, you are limited to certain areas of the board and there are some features you can't use.
To post a message, you must create a free account using a valid email address.

or Create an Account


New Posts   Today's Posts

Sudden Onset of Symptoms at 76?
#1
Hi,

Now that I have the diagnosis,  I am seeing OSA everywhere. (Or am I?)

My 76 year old Mother has, for the past 4 weeks been sleeping A LOT and waking up tired. She lives in another state, but I noticed she kept texting me about being very tired.  U talked her into going to her Dr. And he ordered some labs, an EKG, & a chest cray  EKG results are that it is all looking good; the others are pending  

She seemed insulted when I suggested a sleep study because she said she sleeps "fine" & doesn't get up in the middle of the night.  But, I think I busted thru.  She was asking about a sudden onset of sleep apnea at her age.

Has anyone had or heard of something like this?  I would really like her to get a sleep study.

TIA!
Post Reply Post Reply



Donate to Apnea Board  
#2
Hi Tia,
I have started to see OSA in people now, whereas before my diagnosis I was totally blind to it. I have convinced a couple of my colleagues to go for a test because I saw how tired they were. Both have OSA and are feeling somewhat better now they are dealing with it.
I don't know about sudden onset OSA. I think with most cases it slowly gets worse, then it gets to a threshold where the person starts to have mild symptoms that can easily be dismissed as old age. Then it slowly gets worse from there, until you go to the doctor about some symptoms. If you have a good doctor he sees it early on.
Post Reply Post Reply
#3
I sincerely doubt it is sudden. It has probably been happening for a long time and just now getting to the point the side symptoms are strong.
PaulaO2
Apnea Board Moderator
www.ApneaBoard.com


Breathe deeply and count to zen.

INFORMATION ON APNEA BOARD FORUMS OR ON APNEABOARD.COM SHOULD NOT BE CONSIDERED AS MEDICAL ADVICE. ALWAYS SEEK THE ADVICE OF A PHYSICIAN BEFORE SEEKING TREATMENT FOR MEDICAL CONDITIONS, INCLUDING SLEEP APNEA. INFORMATION POSTED ON THE APNEA BOARD WEB SITE AND FORUMS ARE PERSONAL OPINION ONLY AND NOT NECESSARILY A STATEMENT OF FACT.




Post Reply Post Reply
#4
Hi PerChancetoDream,

Yes it can sneak up on one like that. IMO one of the possible problems sleep apnea has is that unless you've got a sleep partner that makes you aware of it's symptoms, it can remain undetected for years without revealing itself.

That was exactly my situation for quite a while. Honestly, I'd say I suffered some apnea symptoms about ten years before diagnosis. But when it got extreme enough to not be ignored, there was the apnea diagnosis. Then the path to CPAP and on to eventually an ASV machine for me was begun.

Here's to hoping you and your mom get her the medical treatment she needs.

Coffee
Dave

Even a 1,000 mile trip requires a first step. My recommended first steps are getting good shoes and 2 cups o coffee

Wiki Info for Beginners
Sleepyhead Chart Organization
Post Reply Post Reply
#5
Thank you all, I really think this is what she has. She is in otherwise really good health. I guess her dr ordered a cardiac stress test (one I am not super familiar with), and maybe then he will do a sleep study. She did, at least, take seriously and go to the Dr and he isn't blowing her off like my former dr did last fall.

I almost also "diagnosed" a coworker, but she is young and parties a lot, so I think she is just hungover often.
Post Reply Post Reply



Donate to Apnea Board  
#6
I'm skeptical of any sudden onset sleep apnea but I'm not going to say it never happens. I would say that she has had sleep apnea for some time but she has managed or just gotten by. I think people normalize to feeling bad.

I'm not surprised that she probably has sleep apnea, it can and does run in families.
Post Reply Post Reply
#7
I was 64 years old when I was diagnosed with sleep apnea in 2009. My husband had commented for a very long time that I 'snored' loudly. We even joked about it as he said he could hear me clear across the other side of the house. I had originally consulted with an Endocrinologist for my type 1 diabetes. It was the Endocrinologist that whipped out a trusty tape measure from his lab coat and said "stand up, I want to measure your neck circumference." It was his opinion that persons with a certain size neck were more prone to sleep apnea. He strongly advised me to get a referral to a sleep doctor which I did. The rest is history. I no longer feel the overwhelming fatigue unless I am sick or over tired.
Post Reply Post Reply


Possibly Related Threads...
Thread Author Replies Views Last Post
  The thread on ResMed's SleepScore prompts a question about sleep onset 2SleepBetta 9 246 07-16-2018, 03:22 AM
Last Post: 2SleepBetta
  Sudden Change in Results robanco 2 153 06-15-2018, 08:14 PM
Last Post: ShaunBlake
  [Pressure] Sudden elevated AHI. HELP!!!! arc0509 26 604 06-01-2018, 10:39 AM
Last Post: Sleeprider
  Strange and sudden recent change in Data, AHI etc. qwawawawa 1 197 05-02-2018, 03:10 AM
Last Post: jaswilliams
  [Pressure] Symptoms back grahamhunt51 5 385 03-20-2018, 05:37 PM
Last Post: grahamhunt51
  Sudden Central Apneas?? whats going on. fitmart 5 519 01-31-2018, 06:51 PM
Last Post: Sleeprider
  Sudden Change to AHI After Dreamstation Firmware Upgrade RWhipkey 18 1,983 01-26-2018, 05:47 AM
Last Post: ajack

Forum Jump:

New Posts   Today's Posts




About Apnea Board

Apnea Board is an educational web site designed to empower Sleep Apnea patients.