(11-25-2015, 10:26 PM)HorseLady Wrote: My husband was just diagnosed with sleep apnea. They are getting him setup for the sleep study in the new week or so.
I'm 54 too. In March of this year, I awoke one night with a start - my heart pounding, head aching, blood pressure through the ceiling. I had no idea what was going on.
I saw my PCP, who ordered a bunch of tests, Physical Therapy to deal with my neck pain, but really didn't have anything to say about why I wasn't sleeping. I basically didn't sleep for about 3 weeks - maybe one or two hours of lousy sleep per night.
I reached out to my friends and family and several of them suggested that it could be sleep apnea, so I mentioned that to my PCP and he set me up with an appointment for an in-home sleep diagnostic test just a few days down the line. I was amazed how many people replied to my post regarding poor sleep - and how many of them were in fact using CPAP. So while I was waking for the study, I dug in and started researching sleep apnea, CPAP, costs, forums, etc. I wanted to be prepared for my eventual meeting with the sleep Dr.
The sleep test revealed that I had severe sleep apnea - AHI of 57 in the diagnostic study, with a low O2 sat of 80%. Once I did some research on the symptoms, I realized that I'd been suffering from sleep apnea for at least 20 years - and like you mentioned, I thought the increased tiredness was just from getting older.
Over the next several months, I repeated the diagnostic study twice more, and did a total of 4 in-home trials with APAP and then BiPAP machines. Along the way, I did get to see the sleep Dr.; learned that my Obamacare health plan didn't cover DME at all, so I'd be on my own; researched various machines and software, and eventually got a written Rx for BiPAP of my choosing, mask of my choosing.
Along the way, I set about to do everything I could to improve my sleep - got a new mattress, eliminated caffeine, improved my diet, started getting more exercise - all of these helped to let me get adequate sleep while I was waiting to see the sleep Dr and get my Rx. I would highly recommend that you and your husband do the same - don't wait, but start doing everything you can even before he gets on a PAP machine,
I've now been on the machine for almost three weeks. I still haven't had that "ah ha" awakening where I feel totally refreshed having slept an entire night through, but I know it's coming, and it will come for your husband too, I'm sure.
Fortunately, you've made a great first step- you found this forum where there are lots of knowledgeable, caring and sharing people who will help you and your husband through the process. Relax, take a deep breath, and get on the path to a healthier life.