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transguy @ 05:04 pm: The obligatory intro...
Hey, I'm 29 year old Australian guy, suffering from Sleep Apnea... I wake up around 33 times an hour, and it triggers Migraine headaches for me.
I've just lost my job because of it... can't really complain though, they held my job open for over a year without any complaint. Unfortunately I can't offer any sort of idea as to when I'll be able to work again, so there goes one brilliant job. :/
I can't use CPAP... can't tolerate it, I'm allergic to the mask, and towards the end of my trial started developing panic attacks whilst wearing the mask. My current specialist has refused to offer me any other sort of treatment... I don't have Health Isurance, so he won't refer me to a surgeon, even to see if that would be an option for me... if it is, I'm sure we could come up with the money somehow!!!
I'm not too sure about the other options available... there isn't any information available here... so I'm curious as to what works for others... and if anyone's heard of successful alternative treatments to CPAP (or anything else using a mask).
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From:transguy
Date:November 7th, 2006 03:44 am (UTC)

Re: CPAP takes patience

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I don't have any patience for a device that is going to isolate me from my partner, supposedly for the rest of my life, increasing my dependence exponentially as the years roll by... emotionally, mentally, physically, the CPAP does not offer enough benefits for me... it works for you, and that's great, but no amount of forums, practice, talk, or attempts at convincing me will do any good.
I think my doctor has the same attitude, 'just put up with it, you'll get used to it'... but as far as I'm concerned, it's too much like settling for a second-best solution because no-one can be bothered trying to find a solution that actually works on more than just a physical level... not good enough for me.
Good luck with your treatment, thanks for the links, but I think I'll keep looking.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:July 6th, 2013 06:13 am (UTC)
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You sound like my man.. he won't even see a doctor and I have to deal with watching and worrying nightly as he stops breathing and starts with an explosive start.. and I know he would never wear a mask etc either.. I hope they develop some cure, although i heard surgery can help?
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