sleep apnea?

edited 30 September 2013 at 10:39PM in Health & Beauty MoneySaving
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  • pmdukpmduk Forumite
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    Note that you may be advised to notify the DVLA of any diagnosis of sleep apnoea
  • Back from the Docs.
    Have to go to a sleep clinic. Sounds weird.
    I won't be able to sleep when i'm being observed!

    I think the issue is to do with the position of my jaws. My Doctor said that I was probably right, and that if the sleep clinic said that It wasn't 'sleep apnea' then I'd be referred back to my Doc who would probably send me to a maxio faxcial surgeon!?

    He also took my blood pressure. It was through the roof again. He looked kind of surprised, I guess 'cos I'm quite young, in good shape, don't smoke etc.

    I need to make an appointment in 2 weeks time for an appointment with a healthcare assistant to take my blood pressure again.

    (partly wrote all this down here because i've got the worst memory in the world and it's nice to have it in writing to refer back too!)
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    There are people out there with 'white coat syndrome'. Their blood pressure goues through the roof just because someone is taking it! Don't be too worried - and it sounds like your being delt with well.

    Treatment by maxiofacial surgeons will almost certainly NOT require surgery, but probably some sort of appliance to wear at night to hold your jaw in a better position
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    The sleep studies I've undertaken have been at home. You visit the hospital one afternoon, they attach some equipment to you which you return the next morning.

    Of course there may be other types of studies utilised.
  • pmduk wrote: »
    The sleep studies I've undertaken have been at home. You visit the hospital one afternoon, they attach some equipment to you which you return the next morning.

    Of course there may be other types of studies utilised.

    Yes, my partner had to attend a sleep clinic. It was all OK.

    Good luck, OP. Glad you are getting it attended to.
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    Article I read recently about sleep apnoea, I was thinking maybe my partner has it or a mild version of it...

    http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2013/sep/22/sleep-apnoea-made-me-feel-dying
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  • Done more reading about high blood pressure.
    Probably not a good idea actually! I know feel like a time bomb!!
  • Done more reading about high blood pressure.
    Probably not a good idea actually! I know feel like a time bomb!!
    I'm surprised he let me leave his office, lol
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    morganedge wrote: »
    Done more reading about high blood pressure.
    Probably not a good idea actually! I know feel like a time bomb!!
    I'm surprised he let me leave his office, lol


    High blood pressure is one of the more obvious signs of OSA (Obstructive Sleep Apnoea).
    There are various forms/causes of OSA, but the most common one, involves the soft palate (at the back of the throat) collapsing at night when you are relaxed or trying to sleep. This in turn stops you breathing, and usually you find that people with OSA snore quite badly as well, the snoring being the body's reaction to the airway being blocked.
    People affected by OSA stop breathing many times an hour - up to 15 incidents per hour is mild OSA, some people have over 60 incidents per hour which is very serious.
    If you have OSA, then I would expect you to feel extremely tired during the day, falling asleep regularly.
    Although the media like to highlight the connection with being overweight/obese with OSA it can also affect slim people, and then cause them to put on weight very quickly - the metabolic rate slows down if you have OSA, and you are unable to function properly.

    I am glad that you have an appointment with the sleep clinic, because you need to get this sorted out. Don't be worried, because taking this action will enable you to find out what is wrong, and then get it treated quickly.


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  • Been a few months. Update:

    had my sleep study. Interesting experience, lol.
    I have to go back again for an appointment to discuss the results etc, but the guy said that he could tell from my results that there were a few occasions during my study where my breathing wasn't quite as it should be.

    Also, regarding the blood pressure issue. That appears to have been a 'white coat' issue, as I suspected, and as one or 2 posters mentioned.
    Bascially, everytime someone takes my blood pressure, it goes through the roof, but when I had to wear the 24hr monitor, results showed that they were fairly average, and nothing to worry about!

    I guess i'm just a really anxious, nervous, ship-wreck of a guy! (been that way for a whil for some reason :()
    Maybe that's another issue to tackle down the line. Not sure how to fix that, though.....

    (incidentally, the sleep technician also took my blood pressure before hooking me up to a million wires, and it was extremely high again, like 210/101 )

    Now, something i'm wondering.
    When I go to tje sleep place again, I imagine the only solution that they have in mind (if any) would be the CPAP machine.
    But what about teh underlying cause?
    I have a strong feeling that it's to do with my overbite andthe position of my jaws. Do you think i'd be able to get them to consider jaw surgery and to refer me to an orthognathic surgeon out of interest?
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