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    I was talking to my friend and he suggest I could have sleep apnea
    Does anyone know anything about this and do I just go to the GP and talk to them?

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    Default Sleep Apnea

    Well, it's pretty easy to diagnose, I think, although I have no real experience with diagnosis. My mum had it when I was a teenager (due to weight issues), and my son has it because of his enlarged tonsils and sucky sinuses. Although, my son doesn't 'officially' have it, but he goes about 5-8 seconds with no breaths, and wakes himself up violently gasping, and settles back to sleep, and it happens for hours on end some nights.

    But what are your reasons for thinking you do?

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    I'm always tired,when I do get to sleep I always wake up, I was sedated yesterday and stopped breathing and they told me to get checked out because of that.

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    Default Sleep Apnea

    You goto a GP and I'm pretty sure they send you for a referral to a sleep doctor/ENT or maybe a athsma specialist (sorry baby brain moment I forgot what that is called!)

    My ex dp had it they lent him a machine to sleep with I think for a week (at home) then they recorded how many times he stopped breathing during the night then at his next app they said yes he did have it

    If you have trouble breathing, really tired when you sleep a lot still, doze during the day etc (bags under your eyes!) And you don't have to be overweight but usually you are!

    Hope this helps!

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    Default Sleep Apnea

    Yeah, that definitely sounds like it's worth getting checked. The gp is usually the place to start, I think...


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    I had to go for a sleep study because my gp thinks I have it. I had to go and have monitors put on and then go home and sleep. Maybe ask your gp for a referral to a sleep clinic.



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    My DH recently was diagnosed with sleep apnea.

    His GP referred him to a sleep technician who visits the clinic once a week. They gave him a machine that sits on your bedside table that monitored how many times he stopped breathing during the night. It isn't very invasive, just a few patches that were stuck to his head & chest.

    Once he was diagnosed, they gave him a CPAP machine with an oxygen mask to trial. Every week he had to go back to the clinic & the sleep technician would read his results from the week, then they would re-adjust the machine to see if it improved his breathing even more. This process took about 4 weeks & cost $250.

    He was diagnosed with severe sleep apnea. Prior to using the CPAP machine, he was stopping breathing during REM sleep up to 72 times an hour - very scary! Now he only stops about 15 times per hour. The machine & mask is quite expensive, about $1600, but its definitely worth it! The stress it puts on your heart can cause serious health problems.

    At first he was a bit depressed about having to sleep with an oxygen machine next to his bed, but its quite small & you barely notice it once you get used to it.

    DH's case was very severe so he had no choice but to purchase the machine. Some people don't need to go down that avenue. There is no cure for sleep apnea, but lifestyle changes can improve the severity of it if you have a mild case.

    Hope that gives you some help & insight


 

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