I have not had one good night's in over 4 years following a stroke in 2008.
Last year I had a bad lung infection while living at 8500 feet and had to move back to sea level because it became difficult to breathe and live at altitude.
Since March I have seen my GP and nurse about 8 times all the while asking for access to a sleep clinic to find out why I feel absolutely awful EVERY morning. I feel as if I have been hit over the head with a baseball bat.
Other symptoms include dry eye sockets and mouth, and aching jaw. I feel giddy, confused, head ache, nauseous.
It takes hours for me to "come round". If I had to go to work at the normal 9am I would have to get up about 4 or 5am.
I usually feel better 18 hours after getting out of bed.
I have had all the normal blood and urine tests, heart and lung tests. I have even seen a psychologist half a dozen times.
Finally I was referred to a sleep clinic over 4 weeks ago, which was why I went to the GP in the first place.
Now I am being told that "there is no longer such a facility in this area" due to lack of funding. It was stopped about 6 months ago.
This is the short version.
I think I have not been taken seriously and have no idea what I can do now.
Sleep deprivation affects everything I do. Life is awful. I am permanently tired and becoming depressed.
I live alone and have no idea what happens while I am "asleep".
I have no idea what to do now.
Any ideas would be most welcome.