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Default Sleep Apnea - What you don't know can kill you.

Do you wake often at night, on your back, exhausted, with a dry mouth? Does your spouse/significant other say you snore?
Are you exhausted during the day?

One day you might not wake up.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sleep_apnea

http://www.medicinenet.com/sleep_apnea/article.htm

"it is estimated that only 10% of people with obstructive sleep apnea are being treated."

Until a few weeks ago I didn't know I had it. Now I recognize I've had it for decades. My wife says I've always snored, but about 6 weeks ago my wife got scared and woke me up. She said I sounded like I was choking to death. I probably was. A week later I woke myself up choking. I went to my doctor and he sent me for a "Sleep Study". Now I'm waiting on Insurance approval for a CPAP breathing machine.

Check out the articles and if you or someone you love have similar breathing difficulties get checked out. The life you save may be your own.
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I discovered I had severe sleep apnea a little over two years ago, and have been on cpap treatment ever since. The cpap will change your life, you'll be amazed how much better you feel and how much more energy you have. Of course there will be an adjustment period, it will take you a little while to get used to the machine but once you do life will be great. If you have any questions you can send me a PM.

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My cardiologist wants me to go in for the sleep study. I haven't scheduled it yet because of problems with my insurance. Will be interesting to see how many people post to this thread. Glad to hear you are on the path to feeling better Ed!
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I'm sorry you have that shit man, but damn did that sound read like a commercial.
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I don't have it, but my BF does. If he doesn't have his machine I can't sleep. He has one at my house. It will be going to Milwaukee with him.
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I'm going to mention this to my wife...she has said that she's worried about me before because she "swore that I stopped breathing". And I generally feel like shit after I sleep.
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Sleep apnea is pauses in your breathing while asleep, you always will start breathing again but it may be in the from of gasping as you wake from it. It causes cardiovascular problems in the long run and that is the part that will kill you if left untreated. You won't die in your sleep from forgetting to breathe.
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Do you wake often at night, on your back, exhausted, with a dry mouth? Does your spouse/significant other say you snore?
Are you exhausted during the day?

One day you might not wake up.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sleep_apnea

http://www.medicinenet.com/sleep_apnea/article.htm

"it is estimated that only 10% of people with obstructive sleep apnea are being treated."

Until a few weeks ago I didn't know I had it. Now I recognize I've had it for decades. My wife says I've always snored, but about 6 weeks ago my wife got scared and woke me up. She said I sounded like I was choking to death. I probably was. A week later I woke myself up choking. I went to my doctor and he sent me for a "Sleep Study". Now I'm waiting on Insurance approval for a CPAP breathing machine.

Check out the articles and if you or someone you love have similar breathing difficulties get checked out. The life you save may be your own.
Are you overwieght, Dr told me that being overweight (like myself) Makes you more likely to develope Sleeo Apnea !
I snor so loudy that my wife often goes and sleeps in the spare bedroom in the middle of the night....

The sleep study sucks, They hook all kinds of stuff up to your body/head, and a breathing mask. Then tell you OK Go To Sleep !! LOL....

Good luck this can be dangerous !!
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Sleep apnea is pauses in your breathing while asleep, you always will start breathing again but it may be in the from of gasping as you wake from it. It causes cardiovascular problems in the long run and that is the part that will kill you if left untreated. You won't die in your sleep from forgetting to breathe.
I'm on pain meds to sleep because of my back and shoulder. That's a different problem (and thread) I'm still working on to get to a Neurologist. A friend told me to just take more pills to get to sleep. I won't do it. This got me to thinking about people taking drugs for pain and maybe because they too can't sleep. I know of two that died in their sleep. Then there's Heath Ledger. Could these have had undiagnosed sleep apnea? They all were reported as "accidental overdoses". I have a hard time concentrating, remembering, staying awake due to lack of sleep. It's gotten worse with my recent pain problems. Did these other folks forget what pills they had already taken, and when? Did they just wake up during the night and take another dose 'cause they wanted to get back to sleep? Then they were so drugged that they're next sleep apnea episode didn't wake them up and they choked to death. I'm pretty sure the autopsy would come out the same.
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Are you overwieght, Dr told me that being overweight (like myself) Makes you more likely to develope Sleeo Apnea !
I snor so loudy that my wife often goes and sleeps in the spare bedroom in the middle of the night....

The sleep study sucks, They hook all kinds of stuff up to your body/head, and a breathing mask. Then tell you OK Go To Sleep !! LOL....

Good luck this can be dangerous !!
I'm just average weight, but being overweight does make it more likely.

The study is definatley not fun. But quality of life is important. In the last few months as this has gotten worse for me I've quit riding my bike to work every day because I didn't feel safe anymore. I'm just not getting enough rest. As I suspected, and these posts have confirmed, I'm not alone in this condition on the forum. You guys and gals need to take care of yourselves.
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