Just Diagnosed And So ScaredHello Everyone,
So happy to have found this group.
About 2 weeks ago I was diagnosed with Severe Sleep Apnea - 38 episodes per hr and o2 as low as 71%. I am 37 yr old female. I am 20lbs overweight. Neck measurement normal. I only went for sleep study after my dentist said I was grinding my teeth. My blood pressure is normal and I do not have any headaches or overwhelming sleepiness during the day.
Since finding out, I have been a mess emotionally. I will only sleep in a recliner and on my side. I cry all the time. I am worried that I have had sleep apnea for years and it has damaged my heart.
Two nights ago, I went in for an overnight sleep study to find out what my future CPAP machine should be set at. After they hooked me up to a million probes and straps, they strapped on the mask. Over 3 hours, I couldn't fall asleep, tried 3 different masks. I felt anxious and it felt like there was wind in my face, even when they lowered the pressure. I finally went home, in tears at 2:30am.
I can't see the specialist for another 3 weeks and I am hoping at that time he will recommend a machine I can take home with me and try.
I feel so hopeless that the CPAP will not work for me. My biggest fear though is I will die in my sleep and my boys and husband will be alone. Since diagnosis I have lost 10lbs. Can't see my family physician for another month, but will request allergy testing and a heart work up.
Any words of encouragement and hope would carry me a LONG way right now.