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Old 03-27-2011, 02:01 PM
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I notice that a lot of individuals post during night-time hours. I know some work afternoons/evenings, etc., but I'm sure that a lot of indiv. also have trouble sleeping. I never knew that I had a sleeping disorder, and it wasn't until Dec. of 2010 (3.5 months ago) that I found out. I was completely shocked since I never knew my symptoms could be something very serious. Anyway, if anyone wants to share their stories this may be a beneficial thread.

For those that don't know about sleep apnea, an interesting article was written about it here

http://www.cleveland.com/healthfit/i...p_apnea_n.html

I am having surgery on Weds., March 30th to straighten my nose, remove my tonsils, and shorten my uvula.
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Old 03-27-2011, 02:04 PM
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holy cow man, thats intense! I hope all goes well for you bro.
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Old 03-27-2011, 02:16 PM
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Do you have to sleep with a CPAP or APAP machine now?
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Old 03-27-2011, 02:17 PM
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I go to bed early, but can't seem to sleep. Most of the time it's because of my back. Needless to say, I read a lot, lol.
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Old 03-27-2011, 02:52 PM
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I just dont sleep well. Switching between Grave and day shifts 8-12 hours long is killer. Im looking into getting some ambien. Shits awesome
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Old 03-27-2011, 03:18 PM
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My problems are the fact that my body is so screwed up.
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Old 03-27-2011, 06:58 PM
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I have sleep apnea. after the sleep test, I was told i would "wake up" 78 times per hour and that my O2 (oxygen) level dropped toa dangerous 51%.
after one night of using the CPAP machine, my sleep was interupted only 10 times & my 02 level was at 98%
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Old 03-27-2011, 07:10 PM
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Your O2 sat was 51%??? Jesus christ how are you even alive??? We turn the lights and siren on at like 75%...
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Old 03-27-2011, 07:16 PM
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I think I may have a small sleep issue. I snore when I am on my back. My girl has to nudge me and get me to roll over. I think snoring could be possibly blocking off some oxygen that I need, not sure though. I am 5'10" and 200 lbs. I know weight plays factor in this, everyone I know who has sleep apnea is really overweight. I am only 20lbs or so overweight. If I sleep on my side, I am good to go though.
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Old 03-27-2011, 07:22 PM
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I think I may have a small sleep issue. I snore when I am on my back. My girl has to nudge me and get me to roll over. I think snoring could be possibly blocking off some oxygen that I need, not sure though. I am 5'10" and 200 lbs. I know weight plays factor in this, everyone I know who has sleep apnea is really overweight. I am only 20lbs or so overweight. If I sleep on my side, I am good to go though.
Snoring and sleep apnea are totally unrelated. A snoring type sound is a side effect of the root cause of obstructive sleep apnea. However, snoring is also just something annoying that a lot of people do in their sleep depending on how their airway is positioned. 99% of people who snore are moving plenty of air just fine. It's just making noise as it goes around parts of your airway that flutter.

People with obstructive sleep apnea make a snoring type noise, but its because the airway is being totally blocked. The sound and the effect are totally different.
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Old 03-27-2011, 07:27 PM
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Snoring and sleep apnea are totally unrelated. A snoring type sound is a side effect of the root cause of obstructive sleep apnea. However, snoring is also just something annoying that a lot of people do in their sleep depending on how their airway is positioned. 99% of people who snore are moving plenty of air just fine. It's just making noise as it goes around parts of your airway that flutter.

People with obstructive sleep apnea make a snoring type noise, but its because the airway is being totally blocked. The sound and the effect are totally different.
Thanks for clearing that up for me. Best of luck with your surgery.
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Old 03-27-2011, 07:37 PM
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I work second shift so when I get home it's around 10:00 pm. I watch a little tv while I"m on FRF. I was laid off back in april of 09 and I started taking loritabs to help me sleep because I didn't have a job and stayed up late and slept all day long. So I think my problem is loritabs and working second shift.
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Old 03-27-2011, 07:53 PM
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Your O2 sat was 51%??? Jesus christ how are you even alive??? We turn the lights and siren on at like 75%...
before I was tested, I was so tired that i could only walk a few feet before becoming exhausted. Yes, they wanted to put me into the hospital, but decided to see what My readings were after I used the CPAP machine on the 2nd night of the sleep study.
I guess I was lucky I didn't have a heart attack.
another thing I forgot to mention: after the first night of the sleep test, I was told that i would stop breathing up to 45 seconds.
I thank God i went to have this checked out.
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Old 03-27-2011, 08:34 PM
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I was diagnosed with sleep apnea 6 years ago, I got the CPAP machine , it did wonders for me . Just over a year ago I lost almost 100 pounds , and my apnea has disappeared . I now sleep very well at night , I get between 6 and 7 hrs sleep a night , I wake up refreshed .
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Old 03-27-2011, 08:38 PM
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Do you have to sleep with a CPAP or APAP machine now?
I tried to use a CPAP for 4 - 6 weeks, but I have a near 95% blockage of one of my nasal passages, and it wouldn't work. I wasn't informed of the seriousness of my condition with the
1st doctor, so I went for a 2nd opinion. The 2nd opinion confirmed there was no way I could be helped w/o surgery.

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before I was tested, I was so tired that i could only walk a few feet before becoming exhausted. Yes, they wanted to put me into the hospital, but decided to see what My readings were after I used the CPAP machine on the 2nd night of the sleep study. I guess I was lucky I didn't have a heart attack.
another thing I forgot to mention: after the first night of the sleep test, I was told that i would stop breathing up to 45 seconds.
I thank God i went to have this checked out.
I feel the same way, I thought that I was a more serious case since I wake up 45 times an hour. For those unfamiliar with sleep apnea, it isn't the same as when someone walks into a room. Subconsciously, I never enter REM sleep (which is the deep sleep) our body needs. Incidently, I have no problems falling asleep, but as the article states, "I feel tired all the time". I am never refreshed -- even if I take a nap during the day.

In addition, my oxygen level during sleep falls to 75%. This is another reason the condition causes problems such as stroke, heart attack, high blood pressure, death, etc.

I, too, am very thankful I caught it. I was very sick in Nov. and on two rounds of anti-biotics before I went to an Ear, Nose, and Throat specialist. My doc. says sleep apnea is at its worst in your 30's. However, there is a near 81% chance that I will be totally cured when it is all over. I not only will breathe better and sleep better, but I can start enjoying my life.

It was a long struggle to get where I'm at, but I'm thankful for all the support I've gotten. I urge anyone who feels "like something isn't right" to see their doctor. I will let everyone know A.S.A.P. the outcome of my surgery which is scheduled for this Weds., March 30th @11:30 A.M.
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