Hi there. I was wondering if anyone here has suffered from any concussions and, if so, how this influenced the outcome of your sleep apnea treatment concerning specific machines and medications. I have my initial doctor’s appointment with a pulmonologist/sleep apnea specialist in only five short days (on January 24), so I want to be able to receive a least a little bit of feedback (but really, as much feedback as possible) in only the short amount of time allotted. But by all means, if you see this message sometime AFTER January 24 and would like to respond, PLEASE do.
Just to fill you in, I have had a couple of major automobile accidents in which I was hit by two eighteen wheelers (one almost twenty years ago, and one ten years after that). I also had another auto accident in 2014, in which someone pulled out of a parking spot and hit me. In addition, I hit myself in the head with a door in 2005 (don’t ask me how THAT happened). Needless to say, I have had severe sleeping problems ever since – namely, delayed-phase insomnia, fragmented sleep, and having to sleep until 11:00 every single morning. Of course, being recently diagnosed with sleep apnea only made matters worse for me.
The medications that doctors put me on over the years either produced bad side effects, didn’t work, or only worked for a certain amount of time before I built up a tolerance to them. These particular medications really may have not been the BEST ones for me, either, due to a couple of lawsuits that I wound up filing (they may have simply been medications that “ambulance chasers” thought would “win a lawsuit,” so to speak); these lawsuits were “closed out” some time ago.
Also, I was told by a sleep coordinator that CPAP may not be the BEST machine for me – due to the concussions I had sustained, and the problems I have endured as a result of these concussions.
I would appreciate any and all advice from anyone. Thank you so very much.