Am aware that prior to heart surgery 20 or so years ago (maternal genetic defect) that I may have experienced a form of sleep apnoea a few times as would awake from deep sleep & sit bolt upright to get breath. Do not recall experiencing anything like this again until this year...........
Since my PMR diagnosis January 2015 I note that I have again awoken in the night out of a deep sleep & again seemed to need breath - just once or twice I think.
Interestingly enough I have complained for some years to my GP & more recently this year to my Rheumy that I have felt breathless the odd time at days end - not sure if there is a connection here or not.
Decided of my own volition to seek some advice from a private sleep clinic & completed an over night sleep study which revealed I stopped breathing 150 times equating to x 18 per hour - classified as moderate sleep apnoea.
I am not over weight, slim build, do not smoke nor drink & fit a 20% profile for this condition.
Was asked who was the snorer out of my parents - my late Father held his breath from time to time when snoring but thought this was normal. My Father was 6ft 2, average build, did not smoke was tea total and can be a genetic condition.
Whilst this has come as a shock to me, am holding great hope that this discovery will assist me in my PMR recovery as was not aware how damaging to the body this condition is over & above the work it places on the adrenal glands, cortisol levels, heart issues, endless headaches just to name a few.
I await a trial of an Icon series Fisher & Pykel premo plus machine tomorrow.
As per my recent post recently diagnosed with have 2 mildly regurgitating heart valves & mildly enlarged atrium.
Recent 24 hour B/P monitoring proved successful without the need for medication of which I am most relieved due to side effects of most meds.
Still healing from temporal artery biopsy early September with one dissolving stitch yet to fall out. This set me back in my overall progress but fight on as we all do.
Can anyone identify with the sleep apnoea & add any comments please?
Sending good wishes to you all once more.