(12-29-2013 10:40 AM)DocWils Wrote: In addition, age is also a factor, as the tissue in the throat becomes lax with age, and so this can be a difficult battle to win.
I suffered from chronic headaches for about 3 decades, and the only thing that finally gave me significant relief was when I started CPAP therapy at age 56. I am therefore going to take a leap and conclude that there's a correlation between the severity of my OSA and my headaches.
At age 22 or so the headaches started when I had a cold or sinus infection. I figured the headaches were caused by my frontal sinuses being infected and swollen. At age 24 my throat was swollen from an injury in a car accident. The headaches returned and then went away when a doctor diagnosed me with a sinus infection and treated me with an antibiotic, a decongestant, and an antihistamine.
I was always a tall skinny geek, but at age 28 I started gaining weight when I stopped working as a carpenter and enrolled in grad school. The headaches returned. Then at age 30 I went back to work as a carpenter, lost some weight, and the headaches went away.
Shortly thereafter I started my first teaching position, gained some weight, and the headaches returned. Since that time I gradually continued to gain weight, kept teaching, and the headaches persisted.
During the intervening 25 years I had three sinus surgeries, but the headaches persisted. At age 45 I started taking amitriptyline which gave me some relief, but I still had the headaches every day.
I should mention here that the headaches are likely tension headaches. I say that because I'm the type who suffers from muscle tension in other parts of my body such as the jaw, neck, and back brought on by stress.
I now take the smallest dose of amitriptyline (25 mg) and the headaches have finally gone away. When I first started CPAP therapy I had days with no headaches. Now, two years later, it's rare that I ever have a headache.
By losing about 50 lb I can return to the weight I had 3 decades ago, but I cannot turn the clock back to the muscle tone I had 3 decades ago.
There are many benefits I could realize by losing that 50 lb (23 kg) but getting rid of the CPAP machine may not be one of them. There is only one way to find out!