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Of those of you that have had a sleep study and needed a CPAP machine, how much has it helped with POTS symptoms and which ones. Has it helped with being able to wake earlier?

General fatigue? Chrissy is so tired, but we've been so conditioned to all the Dr's relating everything to 'It's POTS" that we haven't checked this out yet. Any insights would be appreciated.

My husband was diagnosed with sleep apnea a couple of years ago, and just recently I have also, so I guess the hereditary issue is definitely there!

Thanks everyone.

Patti

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It has helped tremendously with my husband's NCS symptoms - in fact, unless he has some sort of relapse, we are really hoping that he found the answer for dealing with this disorder long term. He got his CPAP last July and by October he was much improved and he has stayed that way for the past 6 months. His fatigue level is normal, depression and anxiety are under control, he is no longer on anti-depressants, he has not had a pre-syncope episode for 6 months. He says he feels better than he has in 10 years!

My husband adjusted to the machine quite easily after he remembered the consultants words that its "not life support so if it leaks or comes loose its no big deal". His machine has a built in humidifier and a heating coil in the hose to keep the air comfortable and prevent any drying out of his nose or throat. I adjusted to the machine easily too - It sounds like white noise they use in office settings.

I have posted previously on this subject so do a search either on my name or on sleep and you will find the information. I really hope you all find some benefit with the treatment.

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Fatigue can be certainly caused by or exacerbated by a sleep disorder. A consultation with a sleep specialist should be helpful to diagnose and treat a sleep disorder, if it is present. I must say that although insomnia is common in young women and in general population overall, obstructive sleep apnea that requires CPAP is not, assuming that there is no personal history of obesity, lung disease or ENT problems that would create anatomical reasons for obstruction of the nasal or pharyngeal pathways.

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