Hi, Im new to this forum but have been reading it since starting cpap in Jan 2015 (4 months). The comments have been of great help to me so far. Thank you.
Cpap has helped me to reduce my AHI from 34 at sleep study to approx 1 almost immediately. I feel a lot better, in so many ways, but i still have quite severe daily fatigue, ears ringing, some dizziness. In the last month, i have started to get an agitated feeling in my chest at night and wake up several times during the night with my arms and legs stretched out beyond their capacity. I saw my sleep specialist who has referred me for an inpatient sleep study to see if i have PLMD or RLS.
2 months prior to the OSA diagnosis (6 months ago), i was diagnosed with Hypogonadism and prescribed Androgel. I was wondering if Androgel could be causing the agitation/tensing. The inpatient sleep study is going to cost me $500 that i would prefer to keep, as i havent worked for a year. I have experienced this agitation before, but not as intense as this, and not daily for a month.
I was wondering if anybody had experienced something similar, or knows something about PLMD/RLS. I was hoping CPAP would have restored my energy levels by now.
Have your follow-up blood tests shown you are getting therapeutic levels of T using the Androgel? I used it for a month and saw no improvement (poor absorption), and went to 100 mg weekly I.M. The Androgel costs over $400/tube for a 30 day supply compared to about $140 for T-cypionate 2000 mg/ 10 mL which is good for four months.
I have not experienced the side-effect you describe with HRT, so not much help. I'm sure there are folks here that have PLMD/RLS that can describe associated symptoms. What is the basis of suspecting RLS? A bed partner can probably relate if you move a lot in your sleep, and lacking that, there are even phone apps that monitor movement and sleep.
WELCOME! to the forum.!
Sometimes, it can take quite a while before you notice improvements with CPAP so, just stick with it.
I don't know the answer to your question but hang in there for more responses to your post.
Much success to you as you continue your CPAP therapy.