1. So first I'll ask, what type of sleep apnea do you suffer from? Complex
2. How long have you had sleep apnea? Over 10 years
3. What symptoms did you have that lead you to find out you have sleep apnea? Woke up in the middle of the night gasping for air.
4. Have you had a sleep study done? I’ve had six.
Most of the studies were inconclusive because I could not sleep, but when I did, it was obvious that I have sleep apnea.
5. What do you do to treat your sleep apnea?
CPAP (unsuccessful the first time)
Sleep propped up.
Now, using CPAP again.
6. If you use a CPAP, how do you like it?
I hate using the CPAP, but it is better than anything else.
Adjustments were easy.
I've read that there is a surgery called a tracheotomy, that can help fix sleep apnea problems.
6. Have you had that surgery?
Had UPPP surgery; it did not work for me.
Q1. Obstructive sleep apnea.
Q2. I have had sleep apnea for probably 40 years. My original medical diagnosis was in 1988.
Q3. My symptoms were excessive daytime sleepiness, nightmares os being choked or drowned, headaches almost every morning, frequent Sleep Paralysis ( becoming awake but unable to move or speak), rising blood pressure, falling asleep while driving, snoring all the night, frequent spasms of struggle during sleep to regain breathing..
Q4. I have had several sleep studies (5 that i can recall) over the last 25 years, all ordered by certified sleep medicine doctors. All my studies were single night spent in a hospital sleep lab. All involved wearing a facial cpap mask and being wired with blood pressure, EKG, EEG, breathing monitors, wired up with a big array of connections. It was never painful or unpleasant, and the technicians were always efficient and polite. In every cas I was interviewed by the doctor before the testing, and he reviewed the test findings with me face-to-face in a week or less after testing.
My initial testing occurred at a world famous center before sleep apnea testing migrated to small cities.
Q5. I use a nasal facial mask every night with a CPAP machine. I have had a long period of using a BiPAP machine, but now am on straight CPAP.
Q6. I am very satisfied with CPAP and I did experience a lot of difficulty with the mask during my first year of treatment. I find the masks and machines now much superior to what I began with in 1988.
re Tracheotomy- I have never had that surgery and would NEVER consider it.
And finally, I regard apnea as a very serious health issue, and urge everyone to take a determined approach to testing and treatment. I use my machine every night and have traveled all over the country and world with my equipment.