CFS and Sleep Apnea

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by AllWXRider, Feb 7, 2010.

  1. AllWXRider

    AllWXRider New Member

    I've had Chronic Fatigue and have been treated for infections since 2005. I found an Infectious Disease Specialist and Professor who reviewed my Lab reports with me. I was being treated for Lyme disease, HHV-6, CMV, EBV et al.

    It is real important to understand the difference between IgM and IgG infection results:
    IgM is an active infection
    IgG is a dormant, past infection

    A defeated infection goes to sleep (dormant), your body keeps a copy of it to remember how fight it the next time its encountered.

    All of my lab results were elevated IgG - ie history. No active infections.

    I had this Specialist and 2 "Externs" quiz me and concluded Sleep Apnea as a more likely candidate for my chronic fatigue.

    According to the Mayo Clinic, symptoms of Sleep Apnea are:
    Excessive daytime sleepiness (hypersomnia)
    Loud snoring, which is usually more prominent in obstructive sleep apnea
    Observed episodes of breathing cessation during sleep
    Abrupt awakenings accompanied by shortness of breath, which more likely indicates central sleep apnea
    Awakening with a dry mouth or sore throat
    Morning headache
    Difficulty staying asleep (insomnia)

    The article went on to say that you may or may not realize the Stopped Breathing part. Your adrenaline may spike to wake you up to catch your breath. Adrenaline (cortisol) will certainly give you insomnia for the rest of the night.

    Sleep Apnea can occur in children too.

    I'm in the process of getting a Sleep Study scheduled via my PCP, as I do have all the symptoms.
  2. mbofov

    mbofov Active Member

    Sleep apnea is very treatable. It's too bad it's taken 5 years to find this out, if that is the cause of your problems. Dr. Oz just had a segment on his show about sleep apnea.

    One of my adult sons had this, was quite fatigued. He got outfitted with one of those machines (I don't know what they're called) for when he sleeps, and started feeling much better.

    Your sleep study will be interesting!

  3. floyd000

    floyd000 New Member

    Possibly. But I think there is also a chance that there are other issues going on that affects the ability of CFS sufferers to sleep. Sleep problems seem to be part and parcel of this disease. Personally the CPAP did not help me despite trying it for over a year. After my experience, I always advise people to find someone who is not entirely focused on sleep apnea as the source of sleep issues. My suspicion is that my doc diagnosed sleep apnea in close to 100% of the people he saw. He seemed to believe the only cause for poor sleeping was sleep apnea.
  4. AllWXRider

    AllWXRider New Member

    There are 3 types of sleep studies. The Polysonogram monitors brain waves, carbon dioxide and oxygen blood levels, and respiration.

    As with my experience with IgG and IgM lab reports. I will personally review the sonogram data before I "waste" more of my life with a "professional opinion".

    This is why the medical community has to have double-blind studies since the bias to interpret the data is soooo tempting.
  5. HeavenlyRN

    HeavenlyRN New Member

    I think my husband's and my experience with a sleep specialist can demonstrate that not all sleep specialists push the "sleep apnea" theory. And, it may just show that in fact due to my FM, I do have sleep problems.

    My husband had his sleep study first. Thank gawd! His snoring was enough to wake the dead. He wasn't a big snor-er when we first met but we noticed that it was getting worse and worse over the past years. He was also getting a huge belly - and he hadn't changed anything in his diet. And of course "the common thought is that "fat" people have a higher incidence of sleep apnea. He was found to have "severe obstructive sleep apnea" and a C-pap was prescribed. I'll never forget the night he first tried it at home....................sweet silence!!!! However, we then found out a while later that he has Cushing's disease.

    My sleep study showed that I have a mild form of sleep apnea and did not need a c-pap. However, my restless legs kept me jumping around the bed most of the night!!

    We're a great pair, my husband and I (or is it "me"?)!!!

    One thing to remember: if you have the polysonogram - prepare to go home with a bunch of crud in your hair!! :)
  6. AllWXRider

    AllWXRider New Member

    I'm convinced that I have a combination of Sleep Apnea and infections. I do feel better when I keep warm and use all my supplements.

    CFS being so complex to treat, makes it hard to focus on so many problems. Add in the brain fog and we're really in bad shape.
  7. AllWXRider

    AllWXRider New Member

    Sleep Apnea can also cause impotence. So there may be hope for love yet.
    And let's not ignore that women have a "sponge" too.

    It's just theory, BUT if infections -> inflammation -> sleep apnea. Then if these infections can be erradicated, then we could list Sleep Apnea as another symptom of CFS.

    I don't like the idea of a CPAP machine for the rest of my life. We must continue to search for the root cause of all this.

    XMRV may not be the root cause, it might be toxic metals or pesticides weakening the immune system.
  8. petemora

    petemora Member

    and was diagnosed with SEVERE sleep apnea. The medical personnel running the study were in my room within 5 minutes of my falling asleep!

    I have a brother with the same diagnosis.

    I started using a C-PAP machine but never noticed much difference in the way I felt.

    I quit using it because I was having severe IBS symptoms....

    I think the fact that I have sleep apnea is just a weird coincidence that has nothing to do with my CFS/FM.