Ladies and gentlemen hello once again !

Two years ago I posted about having a home sleep study, that didn’t turn out well because I couldn’t fall asleep, but doctor insisted that I have been sleeping for like half an hour and that I had AHI-14.5 and according to him it’s not eligible for treatment, and he was persuading me that I don’t even snore, which is how I got into “sleep apnea” thing, because I really snore like a demon, even my neighbours are hearing me, me and my wife are sleeping in separate rooms because of that, nobody can’t sleep with me in the same room, I developed kind of shame to sleep in other places other than my home, because people were always frightened …

The guy literary sent me to a psychiatrist, because according to him I am a nervous person and that’s the reason why I don’t sleep… So, I decided to listen to him. My mom, who is a nurse at a psychiatric hospital, and who noticed my problem first 15 years ago while I was napping at her house that I had periods of not breathing, was geniuinely afraid and convinced that I have a severe sleep apnea problem and that we should seek out another doctor’s opinion, but I really thought my mom was too sensitive about me, so I insisted to see a psychiatrist, which I did, and I got prescribed a beta-blocker to lower my high heartrate, which I have only when I get nervous about not being able to fall asleep, or when I wake up and can’t go back to sleep again, and Zoloft.

So with those two drugs I started to fall asleep easily, but was still waking up again at least 3-4 times a night, and was tired, unfocused, heavy-headed etc… And I just accepted, ok I snore like a demon, but I don’t have a sleep apnea, this is what it is, I’ll have to fight and live with it and that’s it.

Until, my wife started yelling at me while we were watching movies “Love ! You are snoring !”, and I was awake: “what the hell are you talking about?”, she said “You were snoring right now” I couldn’t remember it, and it started to happen all the time, she was noticing me snoring while awake…

So, meanwhile we moved to another town, I decided to do the sleep study again, I went to a clinic, and told to a very nice and polite doc everything I wrote you guys here, and she said “Judging by all you said, your sleep apnea is not questionable, it’s only a matter of what AHI do you have”… She gave me the same device model I was using back then in my hometown for home sleep study, I had problems to fall asleep again because I was excited, but eventually I fell asleep and got like 5-6 hours of sleep with few wake ups… Today the doc called me and told me “Sir, you have a severe sleep apnea and AHI-80, I would send that doctor who sent you to a psychiatrist to see a psychiatrist himself” lol… And she immediately put me on to the CPAP machine distributor here in my country, and they’ll let me try various models free of charge for a month, until I find a suitable one… Tomorrow, I’ll go see those guys, and hopefully in the evening I’ll finally get some healthy sleep…

Point of my story, doctors are not always right, sometimes they won’t admit they made a mistake out of vanity, and you should always seek out multiple opinions. I don’t think first doc wanted me to suffer, he really thought I was a wacko for some reason, but I’m so pissed at him because he let me go with the problem and left me suffer, even though I paid for the sleep study and everything…

Cheers

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