These are the symptoms that scare me the most. Fear that it won't go away, fear that the sleep apnea isn't what's causing it. I had the ability to do studies that require a certain intellectual quality, I know I could have done it, now everything seems impossible. What I'm about to say might make me sound like a pretentious guy, I just want to illustrate as best I can what I was capable of:
I was always better than others when it came, to learning, to understanding, without really putting in any effort, everything seemed simple. Now, even if I try hard, I can't get anything done, everything seems too complicated.
Can I ask you if it's back to normal and if so, how long will it take?
I guess the answer varies from person to person and what was true for you may not be true for me, but I wonder how long it can take to get back to normal.
It is true that I have more than just cognitive symptoms, but they are the ones that bother me the most. It's probably going to sound silly but I don't care about living if it's to live in this permanent semi-zombie state (maybe we could add "depression" to my symptoms then? Haha)Janknitz wrote: ↑Sun May 08, 2022 6:27 pmSleep apnea can absolutely manifest primarily as cognitive symptoms. But you are having MORE than just cognitive symptoms.
Waking up feeling like you are choking/drowning sounds like gastroesophageal reflux, but it doesn't take you off the "possible apnea" list because when your airway obstructs, your struggle to breathe can cause a pressure gradient that pulls stomach contents up into the esophagus. High Blood pressure CAN be a symptom of sleep apnea (you are sleeping all night bathed in stress hormones. Obesity can also be a symptom of sleep apnea, because lack of sleep causes abnormal levels of insulin and ghrelin which regulate appetite. AND, obesity can in turn cause sleep apnea by pressure on the airway when you sleep.My father has sleep apnea. I'm a man, I'm fat. I wake up sometimes (once every 3 or 4 months) feeling like I'm choking/drowning, I might have high blood pressure (but it might be a consequence of my diet) since everything began.
So yes, you need to be tested, and treated if it turns out you do have apnea.
I have indeed had Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease in the past. It has subsided but it could indeed be the manifestation of it, that said, I thought it might be related to sleep apnea. Obesity (or overweight, I think I'm on the borderline of both) is probably not a symptom in my case. I gained weight before all this, but I think that could have been a trigger for the sleep apnea as you said.
I'm just an average, panicky guy who has just read studies and testimonials here and there, but maybe you need to adjust to your treatment? I guess not everything is automatic. Not to mention other factors like how long you've gone without treatment or age, no offense, but you probably recover faster in your 20s than in your 50s. Everything will be fine, you'll seeChris33022 wrote: ↑Tue May 10, 2022 3:21 pm
My brain fog doesn't seem to have improved very much yet since I started CPAP, perhaps due to the tiredness caused by CPAP. And in addition, I've written novels my whole life, and the past couple of years I feel that my creative drive has left me, which makes me sad. Not sure why, not sure if it's in any way related to sleep apnea (though as I said I wasn't tired at all).
Sorry for this long post. That's it. Good luck.
Thank you. I'll be back to let you know how it goes.zonker wrote: ↑Sun May 08, 2022 6:07 pmwelcome!
your english is very good. i'm sure i couldn't speak your language as well.I hope I didn't make a mistake in translation, English is not my native language. I apologize if there are any mistakes in the text.
yes, it sounds like sleep apnea. you will know for sure when you've seen the doctor. please come back and let us know how it goes. we can help you get the best results when you start your treatment.
Haha, you flatter me. Thanks to you.lazarus wrote: ↑Mon May 09, 2022 4:35 pmAs much as I liked the answers, I most of all liked the wording of the post of the original poster in this thread. Very well asked and on point. The question alone of this thread is likely to help many who have wondered much the same thing. Well done for people of any and all languages.
I hereby bestow the official Lazarus' Favorite Question of the Week Award (LFQotWA) to the original poster. Thank you, NotNotLaosho, for asking that question exactly the way you did.
Once again, I would like to thank you for hearing me, for responding to me. Thank you.