Minor confusion in the morning, wake up with panic and numb arm

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Mattlovescats
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Minor confusion in the morning, wake up with panic and numb arm

Post by Mattlovescats » Tue Jun 04, 2024 10:48 am

Hi folks,

It’s been a while since I’ve been here, I’m just after a bit of advice please? So I was diagnosed with severe sleep apnea in 2017 whilst morbidly obese. I’ve lost a lot of weight now - down from 180kg to 120kg, but still have OSA. I also suffer from anxiety sometimes but it’s usually well controlled.

So after feeling great for a few years, I woke up with vertigo, dizziness one morning, and my heart rate was a bit lower (I’m on a beta blocker). After that I occasionally got panic in the day but presumed it was my anxiety. So I went on a bit of an anxiety spiral - but what made it worse was waking up in the morning feeling terrible, just minor confusion which would feed my anxiety.

I keep waking with panic attacks at night and waking up with numb arm. The anxiety got so bad that I dissociated.

Every day I kept feeling better as the day went on, best in the afternoon and evening.

So it’s 3am and it happened again, and I wonder if I’m having very bad apneas that my resmed Airmini isn’t controlling. I was so preoccupied with the Anxiety that I forgot I have OSA! So I’m just back for some advice please.

Can having bad apneas cause anxiety and confusion in the morning? I have seen a lot of GPs but none investigated or considered my OSA. Thanks in advance.

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Re: Minor confusion in the morning, wake up with panic and numb arm

Post by ChicagoGranny » Tue Jun 04, 2024 4:35 pm

Mattlovescats wrote:
Tue Jun 04, 2024 10:48 am
I wonder if I’m having very bad apneas that my resmed Airmini isn’t controlling.
Could be. Do you know how to see your machine's AHI number?
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Re: Minor confusion in the morning, wake up with panic and numb arm

Post by Julie » Tue Jun 04, 2024 8:53 pm

Have you talked to your doctor about what happened? Not everything's about apnea even if it's sleep related.

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Re: Minor confusion in the morning, wake up with panic and numb arm

Post by Mattlovescats » Wed Jun 05, 2024 1:28 am

Hey,

Yep I went to the hospital. They diagnosed me with having compressed both ulnar nerves from over typing (have been typing diaries a lot during this time), and that I’m suffering from SSRI withdrawal, yay.

So I was laying on my arms wrong from the typing compression and that caused numbness - which made it feel like an apnea.

I’ll make another post seeking advice on that now.

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