I was diagnosed with OSA and put on a CPAP machine four months ago. I have managed to lose a little weight, but still feel completely exhausted. I use the CPAP all night every night thanks to my wife's insistence. At this point I feel just as tired as ever during the day, even had to pull over during the day to take a nap last week. I work as an estimator and manager for a roofing company, and work a long day every day monday to friday. I have an appoinment with my pulmonary doctor in october, should I ask him about provigil. How has it worked for some of you. I am new to treatment for a sleep disorder, but right now I feel just as worn out as before I started with the CPAP
Hi phillyroofdr and welcome to DC... I hope you find what you are looking for here in the way of support and answers to your questions. I surely will try. I have been on CPAP machine for sleep apnea. I couldn't tolerate the noise and it really made me more cranky because I wasn't sleeping any better. I was pretty obese at the time as well. I was also taking Provigil and I must say, I liked the fact that I could remain focused without feeling all jittery inside like I was about to leap right out of my skin, or something worse.
I had a surgery that was supposed to help the sleep apnea and that was to restructure the back of my throat and open it up some. They also removed that long, dangley thing in the back of my throat called the uvula. At the same time they also did a rhinoplasty for a deviated septum.
Honestly, philly, I have to say that I think a large part of my problem was all the freaking meds I was on that made my muscle lax and weak. I am very careful about what I take now and even though I still take Ativan... I only take 1mg now at night and I do sleep well. I also take Elavil 25mg for nerve damage but that also aids with the sleep so I was able to cut back from my original 2mg night time dose of Ativan to 1mg. I don't like taking more because it isn't better.
So I am assuming you did the whole "sleep study" thing to determine you had sleep apnea??? If not that would probably be a good idea...
About the weight thing because I was pretty darn over weight. I got michael thurmonds, 6-week body makeover from qvc. The cost was $125 and it was the best money I could have invested in "ME"! After I figured out my body type, I really delved into the program and cleaned out the cupboards and started buying only those food items that would be good for me. I cooked once or twice per week so that I wasn't always thinking of food. I also took my lunch or mid-afternoon meal with me whenever I left the house. So, I could leave and not run into the hunger thing that usually lead me to wendy or burger king or the other mac donald guy. I swear that stuff will kill you if you only eat that. I couldn't exercise but I could walk. I couldn't walk far but how far didn't matter... movement mattered and I stayed focused on that. I can walk 1-1/4 miles now and it takes me forever. But time doesn't matter... just keep moving. I lost 92 pounds just before my second (and last) marriage. I was 55 and it took me a total of 9 months to lose it and it is off still. I am going to be 58 next week. They say the older you get the harder it is to lose weight and I am here to tell you that, 'IT'S A LIE' to try to get people on drugs and other weightloss means that only work for the manufacturers and NOT the people they are intended for. Just saying to you... THERE IS HOPE EVEN IF YOU ARE AT THE END OF YOUR ROPE!!!
I wish you well and I wish you peace... if you want any further information or I can be of any other assistance to you... please just ask. I am here to support you as best I can.
provigil sounds like it might work for you. i took it off label for depression. best med i ever took. it's a wakefulness agent and it did a great job of it for me. no more staying in bed, i had energy and felt normal. no speedy feeling or crashing. i had to stop because of cost. before you talk to the doc (unless you have a really, really good one) be sure you read the side effects. back in the day glaucoma wasn't mentioned, but it is today, can't remember the details. also lost weight on it. sure sounds like you could benefit from provigil or something like it. good luck finding a solution that works for you.
Hi Phillyroofdr, You haven't answered whether you had a sleep study to diagnose your OSA, or did a doctor decide this for you? Sleep studies are imperative for not only diagnosing the correct problem, but also correctly adjusting the settings. If you did have a sleep study, then the problem might be that you are not getting the full benefit of your CPAP. You should have been told, especially by this time, that they need to analyze your results. Your CPAP should have a card stuck somewhere that actually records how often you snore, stop breathing, mask leaks, etc. You need to get this card to your respiratory therapist ASAP to make sure that you are getting all the benefits of this CPAP! These records should be downloaded about once a month the first year of use. If your mask doesn't fit right, and it is leaking all night long, you might as well not use a CPAP. If the settings are too high or low, again, you are not getting any benefits.
Before you take a medication that has side effects (as all medications do), I strongly urge you to get the downloads done, and talk to your respiratory therapist about the results. You should NOT have the same problems, after you "pay back the sandman" using a CPAP regularly. I have been a CPAP user for over 15 years, and my husband has used one for at least 10 years. My son also uses one, and BTW, neither my son or husband are overweight. It's the way that their throats are structured. I knew that my son had apnea since he has been six.
In answer to your question about Provigil, I have a wasted prescription. It made me crazy. I do have other sleeping problems besides apnea, which is the reason that I was prescribed the med, but as I said, my kids thought that I had ADHD on the med, and that was taking only half. I only used it on days that I was really tired, but I was truly hyper. That is my experience.
Best of luck to you, and I truly urge you to get your information downloaded so that you can get the best usage out of your CPAP.
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