Learning to Live With a CPAP Machine to Treat Sleep Apnea Not an Easy Adjustment

A columnist for the Orlando Sentinel describes visiting the the doctor’s office for a stomach issue when he learned that he may have sleep apnea.

Doctors investigating minor stomach trouble insisted that your local columnist undergo a quick test in which they knock you out and stick cameras down your throat to maraud around in the murky squishiness of what one might call the upper guts. One question they asked first: Have you ever been diagnosed with sleep apnea? No, I said, I haven’t.

Just as I came to, coughing and choking, being wheeled on a gurney down a hall at Advent Health, the doctor demanded, “I thought you said you didn’t have sleep apnea?” Gathering my wits, I retorted that she’d asked whether I’d been diagnosed with sleep apnea. Different question. Different answer.

This obstructive sleep apnea condition is quite common but insidious. The most prevalent sort occurs when the soft tissue collapses at the back of the throat, slamming shut the sleeper’s airway. Typically, the brain arouses the sleeper with a pointed instruction to keep breathing.

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from Sleep Review http://www.sleepreviewmag.com/2019/01/cpap-machine-sleep-apnea/

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