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#1 Unread post by dr_bar » Fri Feb 29, 2008 11:53 am

You stop breathing while sleeping on your bike??? :roll: :laughing:
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#2 Unread post by Brackstone » Fri Feb 29, 2008 5:22 pm

dr_bar wrote:You stop breathing while sleeping on your bike??? :roll: :laughing:
Haha no,

Sleep Apnea has had a pretty devastating effect on my life it continues to do so. As a doctor I'm sure you are aware of the many illnesses that Sleep Apnea can also cause.

However even with the proper DME it still doesn't mean every night is a success. Some nights my mask may leak, or come off.

When I'm not sleeping properly with my equipment I wake up 40 times an hour. I won't realize it till the next day and it makes the next day suck really bad.

I'm missing out on the REM stage 4 I believe which is muscle regeneration etc. etc. So it makes me feel pretty weak and I usually have a pretty bad headache that just doesn't go away.

Alot of people just give up hope and never go for treatment. Some people GET treatment and get equipment but give up TOO SOON because they don't see noticeable results right away and they don't like equipment.

I'm trying to be a beacon as much of a success story as I guess I can be rated. I want to make sure people see there are people out there that have this condition and can still lead a normal life and do things that require you to be awake, alert, and have good reflexes.

*Moderator* Could you please split this into another thread for me? :)
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#3 Unread post by dr_bar » Fri Feb 29, 2008 6:09 pm

Brackstone wrote:
dr_bar wrote:You stop breathing while sleeping on your bike??? :roll: :laughing:
As a doctor I'm sure you are aware of the many illnesses that Sleep Apnea can also cause.

Having suffered sleep apnea, (a very mild case) I'm quite aware of what you're going through. Just FYI, read the first post in my blog...:roll:

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#4 Unread post by dablade » Mon Mar 03, 2008 3:03 am

After being treated for sleep apnea, I realized how this affected the quality of my life, and the lives of others.
The opportunity presented itself to encourage my wife to become a polysomnographic technologist. (Polysomnographic Technologists perform sleep studies and other duties applicable to the diagnosis and treatment of sleep apnea). She was looking for an interesting career change, and there just happens to be a good school for that in nearby Tampa.
She graduates in June, and I am thrilled that she has an opportunity to help others with sleep apnea.
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#5 Unread post by Nibblet99 » Mon Mar 03, 2008 6:02 am

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#6 Unread post by Brackstone » Mon Mar 03, 2008 2:28 pm

dablade wrote:After being treated for sleep apnea, I realized how this affected the quality of my life, and the lives of others.
The opportunity presented itself to encourage my wife to become a polysomnographic technologist. (Polysomnographic Technologists perform sleep studies and other duties applicable to the diagnosis and treatment of sleep apnea). She was looking for an interesting career change, and there just happens to be a good school for that in nearby Tampa.
She graduates in June, and I am thrilled that she has an opportunity to help others with sleep apnea.
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That is a great story blade. My Tech was very nice to me and made my stay very easy. I asked for when I had to return at a later date. The world needs more techs like this and I'm sure your wife will be a great asset.
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#7 Unread post by Big B » Mon Mar 03, 2008 5:22 pm

i took a swing at my tech while she was trying to untangle me from all of the cords hanging off of me :oops:

i guess it was just instinct waking up in a strange place with someone reaching down at me in the dark, good thing i didn't connect :shock:
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#8 Unread post by Brackstone » Wed Mar 05, 2008 2:04 pm

Big B wrote:i took a swing at my tech while she was trying to untangle me from all of the cords hanging off of me :oops:

i guess it was just instinct waking up in a strange place with someone reaching down at me in the dark, good thing i didn't connect :shock:
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Wow that would've made a funny news story. You know what though? I bet if you DID connect it would've changed hospital policies all across the country.

Techs would ask each other "Have you taken the necessary precautions incase of a Big B Scenario?"

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Guy1: "Oh yeah, she never saw it coming. Should've been wearing her headgear"
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#9 Unread post by roscowgo » Mon Mar 10, 2008 10:38 am

I have that crap. It sucks. I was diagnosed a long time ago. I'm going to ask the doc thursday for another sleep study. Hopefully this time I'll be able to afford a machine :D

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#10 Unread post by Brackstone » Mon Mar 10, 2008 12:51 pm

roscowgo wrote:I have that "crumb". It sucks. I was diagnosed a long time ago. I'm going to ask the doc thursday for another sleep study. Hopefully this time I'll be able to afford a machine :D
You don't have medical insurance or they don't cover it?
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#11 Unread post by roscowgo » Wed Mar 12, 2008 12:04 pm

I didn't have the insurance before. I do now.

I'm just not sure if they cover having me breathe through the night. :laughing:

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#12 Unread post by Brackstone » Wed Mar 12, 2008 12:12 pm

roscowgo wrote:I didn't have the insurance before. I do now.

I'm just not sure if they cover having me breathe through the night. :laughing:
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#13 Unread post by Big B » Wed Mar 12, 2008 12:22 pm

it's a damn expensive nap!!! my insurance covered most of it, but it still took a bunch of ching out of my pocket
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#14 Unread post by 129CBRider » Thu Mar 20, 2008 8:25 pm

My Ex had sleep apnea and restless leg. I got even less sleep than she did from waking up every time she quit breathing and from getting kicked in the shins half the night.

Hardest part was convincing her I wasn't imagining it all...

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#15 Unread post by Brackstone » Fri Mar 21, 2008 9:34 am

129CBRider wrote:My Ex had sleep apnea and restless leg. I got even less sleep than she did from waking up every time she quit breathing and from getting kicked in the shins half the night.

Hardest part was convincing her I wasn't imagining it all...

I feel for ya'll, and you're other half if there is one!
Really sorry to hear bout the RLS that's the worst. I think my Fiance` has RES (Restless Elbow Syndrom) cause she keeps jabbing me in the chest :\

I'm sure they took care of the apnea but was she able to find relief for RLS?
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#16 Unread post by Funderbird » Thu May 01, 2008 1:30 pm

I was diagnosed with the worst sleep apnea the Dr at standford medical had ever seen. I awoke 600 times durring my sleep study. I then had two surgeries to fix the apnea, mind you I was only 17 at the time. I had to sleep with a Cpap machine for months before the surgery. After I recovered I grew 3 inches and would only sleep 2 hours a night. I felt alive and ful of energy only after those two hours. My parents thought I was on something. The surgeries saved my life, my heart was enlarged, blood presure was wacky and I oftened fell asleep while driving, in class and if it was dark I was out cold. I have since fully regained a health sleep pattern. I snore at time whne I sleep on my back, but it is a 100 times better then before. If you have the chance and are healthy enough I would suggest doing the surgery, you will not regreat it...
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#17 Unread post by Nibblet99 » Fri May 02, 2008 10:40 am

Stumbled across this article the otherday, and thought of this thread.

May help people unfamilliar with Sleep Apnoea, to better understand what this thread is all about.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/science/humanbody/ ... ders.shtml
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#18 Unread post by Brackstone » Fri May 02, 2008 1:51 pm

Nibblet99 wrote:Stumbled across this article the otherday, and thought of this thread.

May help people unfamilliar with Sleep Apnoea, to better understand what this thread is all about.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/science/humanbody/ ... ders.shtml
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