OT: ALERT: A New Kind of Hard to Treat Sleep Apnea!

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by kjfms, Sep 3, 2006.

  1. kjfms

    kjfms Member

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    Complex Sleep Apnea' Hits 15% of Sleep Apnea Patients By Daniel DeNoon

    WebMD Medical News Reviewed By Louise Chang, MD
    on Friday, September 01, 2006

    Sept. 1, 2006 -- Newly recognized, hard-to-treat "complex sleep apnea" disrupts the rest of one in six sleep apnea sufferers, a Mayo Clinic study shows.

    Sleep apnea is a breathing problem that keeps sufferers -- and their bedmates -- from getting a proper night's rest. Until now, there were only two kinds.

    The most common kind is obstructive sleep apnea. That's when throat muscles relax and flesh in the throat can block the airway.

    There's also central sleep apnea. That's when the brain gives mixed-up signals to the muscles that control breathing.

    Some people suffer both problems, find Timothy I. Morgenthaler, MD, and colleagues at the Mayo Clinic Sleep Disorders Center.

    They're calling this "complex sleep apnea."

    The finding stems from the observation that the standard treatment for obstructive sleep apnea fails some patients. The treatment is a continuous airway pressure or CPAP machine.

    It uses air forced through a mask to keep a person's airway open during sleep.

    "All of us in our sleep labs have observed for years that there are patients who appear to have obstructive sleep apnea, but the CPAP doesn't make them all that much better -- they still have moderate to severe sleep apnea even with our best treatment," Morgenthaler says, in a news release.

    Complex Apnea: Men More Vulnerable

    The Mayo researchers reviewed the records of 223 consecutive sleep clinic patients.

    They also looked at the records of 20 consecutive patients with central sleep apnea.

    They found that 15% of sleep apnea patients have complex apnea, 84% have obstructive apnea, and 0.4% have central sleep apnea.

    Obstructive sleep apnea strikes more men than women. But complex sleep apnea is much more of a male problem -- 81% of Mayo's complex apnea patients were men.

    Unfortunately, the best treatment for complex sleep apnea isn't yet known.

    The Mayo study appears in the September issue of the journal Sleep.


    SOURCES: Morgenthaler, T.I. Sleep, September 2006; paper received in advance of publication. News release, Mayo Clinic.

    Thanks for reading,

    Karen :)

    [This Message was Edited on 09/03/2006]
  2. purplepooh

    purplepooh New Member

    thank you so much this really helps

  3. kjfms

    kjfms Member

    for taking time to read the article.

    I appreciate it,

    Karen :)
  4. kjfms

    kjfms Member

    I thought it was pertinent information(so many here suffer)-and this article was just released by Mayo on September 1, 2006.

    Everyone should also know that the best treatment plan has yet to be found and it is very difficult to treat.

    I haven't find any clinical guidelines on the treatment and testing do you have a link perhaps?


    Karen :)
  5. painintheeverywhere

    painintheeverywhere New Member

    I have not seen this info yet. Thanks for sharing. I wonder if much of what causes our issues has to do with neuro transmitters making most of our ailments?

  6. darude

    darude New Member

    There is a Sleep Apnea with PT's that is different.
  7. kjfms

    kjfms Member

    OK...you have gotten my full attention please tell me more--one PT to another I would really appreciate it.

    If you have any links I would appreciate those too if no don't worry about--you know me I find it on my own.

    I hope you are hanging in there.

    Take care,

    Karen :)

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