I’m in the process of getting diagnosed with sleep apnea currently but it’s completely obvious that I have it and have for a while. This being said, it’s pretty severe and has snowballed out of control due to other medical issues and the pandemic causing some weight gain/body composition shifting. One thing I’m curious about though is I can’t find much on the weakness I am experiencing.

I’ve always been fat but I’ve always been very mobile, strong, and active despite what you would think looking at me. When the pandemic hit I was at the gym 4-5 times a week and had zero problem casually walking to do normal day-to-day things. I could go to concerts, the grocery store, wait in line, do just about anything no problem.

Now that my sleep apnea has gotten out of control I’m so weak I can’t stand up for more than 3-5 minutes at once without feeling like I’m going to collapse. I can’t walk a block without needing a break and a quick trip to Target made me nearly vomit bc of the exertion it took despite moving slow and pushing a cart. I now get anxious about going into places and not because of covid but because I know I’ll immediately be tired and I’ll be embarrassed that I’m so weak I have to sit immediately.

Am I alone in this or has anyone else felt this way? I’ve never been so weak in my life and it’s making me so insecure and depressed. It started just as my other symptoms started ramping up. Now that I’m vaccinated I’ve considered going back to the gym to do weight machines to build up some strength but I’m not even sure if I’ll make it through the door without needing to sit down.

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