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Migraine Relief Via Apnea Treatment!


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I've posted this info elsewhere, but thought I'd leave a more general message here. I know a lot of folks here get migraines, and I've certainly posted a lot about my frustration treating and preventing mine.

It may be premature to declare victory, but I'm FINALLY getting some relief. I was diagnosed with sleep apnea, and started cpap treatment a week ago. After two nights, Iw as able to tolerate the mask for most of the night. Since doing this, my late night/morning headaches (many of which are migraines or morph into migraines) are virtually GONE. I'm about to get my period, which will be the real challenge. But before, i had some type of headache on 90% of days. I haven't had one in almost a week, (except for the night I was in the hospital and got no sleep). And my apnea is considered mild. during my sleep study I range between 88 and 94% oxygen. With cpap, I stay in the upper 90s. I can't tell you how excited I am. I'm also a little less cranky in general. Getting air is a good thing!

I didn't think I had apnea, and was surprised by the diagnosis. Most people have no memory of it. My other autonomic symptoms are horrendous now, so I don't know if it will help all of then, but to be headache free right now now is a blessing. My muscles are also generally less achey. (I would probably qualify for a fibromyalgia diagnosis, secondary to ehlers-danlos, but have not sought one out, as I think my muscle pain is an effect of other stuff.)

I have no idea if this news would be useful for anyone else here. I don't really look like an apnea sufferer. I'm chunky, but not obese, but have a normal sized neck. And I'm a premenopausal woman. My migraine doc and pcp were surptised to hear that I have apnea, as they wouldn't have guessed it. It may be because my eds makes my throat tissues floppier. Just saying that this maybe something to look into for the headachey people here.

Will keep you posted. and I hope this isn't premature!

Michele

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Hi Michele, I was wondering if they allowed you to stay on your meds during your sleep study? Off of meds, I don't snore or have pauses as much as I do on meds, which include allergy meds that I can't really survive without. Just curious b/c Teri's always telling me how bad my snoring is and that there are times when I don't breathe. I had a sleep study 14 years ago that was "normal" but I had to be off of everything except prilosec.

Nina

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They let me continue my meds, I guess because those are the real conditions under which I sleep. I gotta say, as much as I dislike the mask, my headaches, muscle pain, and general mood are still improved. Wish this had been considered long ago. Still only ten days in, so fingers crossed!

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BTW, I've seen that marfan's and stickler syndrome can predispose one to apnea-- so eds is similar???? And I know a lot of folks here have some form of hypermobility. I think Francomano, an eds specialist, has written that she sees osa in ehlers-danlos patients, without other typical causes.

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