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Sleep Study

June 23, 2016

So, as a lot of you might already know by my health posts, I have a lot of little health issues. One of the issues is my sleep. It was already obvious that I was not getting enough sleep with all my stomach problems. Waking up in pain or just not getting to sleep easily because of some pain.

However, now that most of that is getting under control (hooray!) It was not apparent as to why I was still always so tired, aching, and never feeling like I got enough sleep.

It got so bad that I nearly feel asleep on the phone with someone at work. I was starting to get really upset because I couldn’t stay awake after work nor on the weekend. It was ruining my life.

Once we got my thyroid stuff in control, my vitamin D, and some of my stomach issues (goodbye nasty gallbladder!) I was starting to feel a lot better, but not completely.

My doctor finally decided it was time I do a sleep study to make sure I do not have sleep apnea. What led him to this was 1. it runs in both sides of my family severely. 2. I wake up never feeling refreshed and I ache all over. 3. I wake up coughing or choking, like I’m not getting air.

I never thought much about that though because I have asthma so I just figured I was sputtering because some allergen cause a tickle in my throat and lungs… Things that don’t add up to me having sleep apnea though is that fact that I’m not over weight, I do not have a thick neck, and no one has ever told me I snore. So we shall see…

The test was miserable, by the way. I did mine as an in-home study, which is better than doing it at the clinic or hospital but still uncomfortable. I’m about to show you some horrifying pictures of me without makeup. Ha!

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Sorry for the crap quality – took with my phone cause I was too tired to care. πŸ™‚

So this was the contraption that I had to wear. It goes on the forehead and then a part of it goes in your nose – like oxygen – but there is no air blowing. It is used to measure your breathing instead. The forehead has three sensors that bothered my skin all night long. I kept wanting to scratch at it. My head had some lovely read blotches in the morning. Sigh. I’m cursed with sensitive skin.

Now he is a picture of me wearing it. AAHH!!

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That is what hell looks like. lol

Good news – after all this torture – is that I did not have any sleep abnormalities. I was all good. I kind of figured it was because once we did some major adjusting with my medications my extreme fatigue and falling asleep (even at work) finally stopped! Woot! I’m finally feeling human again.

I stopped taking my blood pressure medication and just have to watch and monitor my extremely fast heart rate. I know that a heart rate of 190 while doing a little bit of cardio is kind of extreme, but it hasn’t gone over 200 yet. Doctor said he was not as worried because of my age and my echo didn’t show anything. He might force me on a smaller dose in the future – we shall see. Then the other thing that helped me was he upped my thyroid medication.

Now I’m ready to do more cosplay and sew. I will have another post of that soon. Also, I might have some more video reviews of things again. Sorry for such a long wait in between posts!

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14 Comments

  • Reply Pauline June 24, 2016 at 8:38 pm

    I’m sorry to hear you have these sleeping problems, I can sort of relate living with my twin sister who has similar issues. She can’t sleep at night much because of stomach pains, we’re not exactly sure what it is but she’s been checking with lots of doctors recently so hopefully we find the cause soon and treatment! I’m glad your treatment is working, it looks pretty cool (and you’re still pretty without make-up girl, you haven’t seen me w/o haha!!) πŸ˜€

    • Reply ongaku June 25, 2016 at 3:33 pm

      I hope they find out what is wrong! I know the feeling I have been put through the ringer on my stomach stuff. Thank you!

  • Reply Rezina June 25, 2016 at 6:21 pm

    That sounds like the worst and it’s great to hear that you don’t have as much sleeping problems! Doctors are absolutely amazing.

    • Reply ongaku June 26, 2016 at 1:22 am

      Some of them are, heh. Some of them outright suck. Ain’t gonna lie. πŸ™‚
      Thankies, good to get good rest again.

  • Reply Nancy June 26, 2016 at 6:38 pm

    I’m glad to hear that action is being taken to see how problems can be remedied :). Even though you have to wear the headgear to measure your sleeping pattern, it’s good in the long run! I’m glad to hear that you don’t have sleeping problem :). Even more, that you’re able to go back to cosplay!

    • Reply ongaku June 29, 2016 at 11:09 pm

      Yes, lol. It is great to start getting my life back πŸ™‚

  • Reply Kya June 27, 2016 at 6:56 am

    Great news that it was able to be resolved! That must be a huge relief! πŸ˜€
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    • Reply ongaku June 29, 2016 at 11:10 pm

      Big relief. I was getting scared about it my dad and grandfather both have it bad.

  • Reply Cat June 28, 2016 at 4:44 am

    That’s a weird looking device! I didn’t know that’s what was used for sleep studies. That’s nice that you were able to do it at home instead of at a hospital or clinic. I’m glad you don’t have any sleep abnormalities! A couple of my coworkers have sleep apnea (neither are overweight though), and they have those breathing devices for when they sleep. They say it helps a lot but are kind of annoying, so good thing you don’t have to deal with that.

    I’m also glad that adjusting your medication helped and that you’re feeling better!
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    • Reply ongaku June 29, 2016 at 11:11 pm

      Yeah, I’m glad doc let me to it in home. It was so weird though. I kept hoping I did it right. heh. Yeah, I’m really glad my study was normal. I was a little worried since my dad recently got diagnosed with it in a bad way and my grandfather has is bad too, he can only sleep in a chair these days. DX Thankies πŸ™‚

  • Reply Becca June 28, 2016 at 4:55 pm

    That looks so uncomfortable, oh my goodness. It’s nice that you could do a home study though, I just always assumed you had to do it at the clinic. But it would be hard to sleep normally with that thing on your head! I’m glad that the results came back well and that you figured out what was making you so sleepy and achey!
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    • Reply ongaku June 29, 2016 at 11:12 pm

      Yeah, it is weird that my sleep study came back without it going… uh did you even sleep? haha I don’t know if I ever feel asleep and that next day at work was hell. Thankies! πŸ™‚

  • Reply Michelle July 1, 2016 at 3:08 am

    Hugs <3 Sleep studies are hard to do, but alas, I'm glad you're feeling better!
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    • Reply ongaku July 4, 2016 at 5:46 pm

      Yes, they are hard and I never wanna do it again. LOL πŸ™‚

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