I’ve been everywhere…2 primary care docs, 3 ER visits for panic attack-like symptoms, two ENT docs, tried CPAP (didn’t work for me or was wrong settings), Gastroenterologist and had an Upper Endoscopy of the stomach (developed Gastritis a few months ago after a stomach bug made the rounds around the household), thyroid doc (it was fine), etc. Been to a Cardiologist…full Stress Echocardiogram. He said my heart was fine and that I’m completely healthy, but his notes on their internet portal said I had an odd looking r-wave, palpitations, etc. Yet he reiterated that nothing was wrong and I have a healthy and strong heart. I had ultrasound walking on the treadmill and resting.
Just had a home sleep study done yesterday morning since the lab isn’t open. Had a televisit this morning for results. 13 events/hour, so mild sleep apnea. Very well-known ENT and sleep doc. He said he’s never heard of anyone having the kind of dizziness/vertigo that I have, from sleep apnea. He wants to do a hearing test and balance test, which may take 2-4 weeks. I’m dizzy every single day and feel faint-like when I walk, as if the floor is coming towards me or something. Anyone else had this happen? I’ve become exercise intolerant, yet I’m very muscular and in shape. 37 year old male, never overweight and always in good shape and active.
I requested a holter monitor for the heart (5 electrodes) and they wanted me to wear it for 30 days. I’m on day 5. I’ve triggered it whenever I felt odd events, noted dizziness and such on the screen. I can’t figure out why I’m so dizzy. Current sleep doc doesn’t recognize the former sleep lab (only 2.75 hours) study of 4.7 AHI with 18 RDI. He doesn’t think I need my CPAP/APAP (Air Sense 10 Autoset). It wasn’t working for me and I tried various settings for months on my own. He said he has never heard of dizziness being caused by mild sleep apnea, but yet when I look online, dizziness IS a symptom of sleep apnea/sleep deprivation. Very well-known doctor in a large city, won all kinds of awards, has written books on sleep issues, etc. He even recognizes UARS, but says I don’t look like a candidate for it. He thinks the in-lab study was wrong. My dizziness just started like 4 months ago, got better and then came back again. He wants to do a hearing test and balance test, but eventually when the lab opens, a sleep study.