Hello from yet another CPAP newbie. I'm a 49 year old man (hence the Moniker Made in 1960). I've been having problems sleeping for a long time. I can't remember the last time I slept through the night. I usually wake up 4-5 times a night. I wake up in the morning and still feel tired. About 16 months ago I started dating a wonderful woman. She is an RN who happens to have obstructive sleep apnea. One morning she told me that I stop breathing breathing in my sleep. She urged me to I talk to my doctor about getting a sleep study. I brought these concerns to my primary care physician during my annual physical in October. After some confusion caused by outdated contact information in my HMO's database, I couldn't get an appointment at the sleep lab until December.
My sleep study was a couple days before Christmas. I hadn't slept more than an hour when I woke up, as usual. As soon as eyes opened and I remembered where I was, the technician came into room with a mask and hose. He hooked me up to the CPAP and at that moment, I knew. I have sleep apnea too. I woke up a couple more times that night. When I first woke up, I didn't notice much of a difference in the way I felt. However, later a bit later, I did notice that I felt more alert and rested.
It took 4 weeks for the results of the sleep study to find its way back to my primary care physician who told what I already knew. Yes, I have obstructive sleep apnea. My primary referred me to a neurologist. It took me another 4 weeks to get that appointment. I saw the neurologist a couple days ago. She reviewed the results of my sleep study with me. During that first hour, I had 34 arousals and my blood O2 dropped to 81%. Once the CPAP was started, the arousals stopped and my blood O2 stabilized in the mid 90's. She gave me a copy of the sleep study and told me expect a call from the DME in 3 to 5 days. The tritation portion of the study determined 7 cm of CPAP.
So, here I am 4 months after first discussing this problem with my doctor, anticipating a call any day now to finally get set up with a CPAP. I am frustrated that it has taken so long to get treated. I'm tired of being tired all the time. At this point, I just want to be able to get a decent nights sleep. I am fortunate that my girlfriend is a CPAP veteran. If it wasn't for her, I might never have gotten diagnosed. This forum has proved useful already in helping me understand all the acronyms in my sleep study. I also realize that this is going to be a process of trial and error to get a comfortable set up and to get everything dialed in.
Wish me luck!
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