05-30-2014, 03:35 PM
(This post was last modified: 05-30-2014, 03:36 PM by retired_guy.)
Something occurred to me this morning that I thought I'd share. I have written much (yeah, yeah, I know.... too much) about how pleased I am with the therapy, my P10, my new-found ability to drive down the street without falling asleep, my ability to stay asleep at night without zillions of trips to the bathroom, and all that.
But there's something else that just re-occurred to me this morning: Prior to cpap, I was taking two prevacid tablets daily to control my acid reflux. In spite of that I have had to have the test where they cram something down your throat to see what was going on, and they were threatening to do that again. Shortly after beginning cpap, I was able to completely quit taking prevacid, and I have not had a re-occurrence of acid reflux in months. I consider that a major plus for me. Prevacid's not the only thing now missing from my medicine basket. The Lisinopril I took for high blood pressure is no longer needed as well.
Then there's the emphysema thing. I have that. I don't get too excited about it --- for instance I don't allow supplemental oxygen in the house, that sort of thing... But pre-cpap I had deteriorated to a place I was not happy to be. I had no -- not any ---- as in none stamina. I could no longer do the most basic of chores such as take out the trash. I could not participate in shopping. Just walking to the bathroom was an exertion. Now, I still have emphysema, that's not going away, but my stamina is back. I can do all the things I need to do to be a productive member of this household again. That's a big thing.
So sometimes when we remember the very nice little things this therapy is doing for us, we need to keep in mind the longer-term benefits that we might not even be aware are being improved as our body heals.
I'm lovin' the life....
Is it bedtime yet?
This is wild! I was just looking up this thread to give an update as it just dawned on me that I never have to take antacids anymore! I probably had acid reflux and it seemed to be getting worse but I had no insurance and was gambling. (Again, thanks to ACA, I am covered now and that's how I found out about the apnea.) I wake up alert, I get tired in the afternoons but it's a different kind of tired. I don't just "pass out". I actually lie down and go to sleep.
My first problems were that it took me awhile to go to sleep with the plastic spider plastered all over my face and I had incredible neck pain and ticks. That's all gone now and as I said, it just dawned on me that I don't suffer from heartburn anymore. Is it the oxygen?
One other thing that I thought about is how incrediblely strong most of us were before diagnosis and treatment. The amount of will power it took to wake up and get through the day is remarkable. I assumed it was advancing age or hard office work but it was something more tangible. Here's a pat on the back for us! For suffering through it, for identifying it and now for treating it.
As to acid reflux mentioned by the two posters above: my sleep doctor said it was a typical symptom of apnea. I think the struggle for air somehow forces the acid up (though I did not ask him).
After APAP: See avatar: R2D2 for the win!
"Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a great battle"
I don't snore! I just make creepy noises so the aliens know I'm not someone to be messed with.