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A Revelation


#1

Went to see my primary doctor yesterday for a check-up and talk about the lab work I had done last week. While there, I mentioned I’d had a sleep study that showed I have sleep apnea, and subsequently started using a CPAP machine a month ago. I expressed concerns I’ve also shared in here. As the conversation continued, I discovered he is also a CPAP user, and shared insights as well as encouragement as I continue moving toward better sleep on a more consistent basis.

Talk about leveling the doctor-patient field! The conversation was positive in all the ways it could have been. I left the office with a new shot of determination to give this treatment everything I’ve got. I have so much to lose if I don’t, and everything to gain if I do, but I already knew that. It helps to put things into perspective again when treatment appears to not be going well.


#2

Lucky you…your primary knows exactly what you are dealing with! Mine is knowledgeable and sympathetic, but having actual experience is a plus!


#3

I am new, so I don’t know how to initiate a post (not obvious on the site). I didn’t get much sleep my first 50 years, by 57 I was taking about 7-8 pills a day for blood pressure, had been on CPAP for about 10-12 years, and could see the end coming. I stumbled across the Finnish salt study and reduced my salt intake from about 5-6 grams per day to about 1 per day, by cooking from scratch without salt and eating almost no “prepared” food. My blood pressure started dropping immediately; in two weeks much to my surprise, my chronic apnea went away. I dropped from about 190 lbs to 170, and at the end of the month went back to the doctor on NO meds and scored blood pressure of 130/90. Six years on, no apnea, and I take lisopril and chlorothalidone to control my blood pressure. The experience has been life changing.