Hello there. My name is Jill, and I am new to this forum – and have been newly diagnosed as having OSA. I have taken certain medications for a number of years, only to find out (after I was diagnosed with OSA) that the two medications I am on could cause “respiratory distress/depression.” I am slowly trying to wean myself off these medications, while trying to deal with my new OSA diagnosis plus all of the anxiety and overwhelming feelings that it brings. Needless to say, one of the meds that I take is FOR anxiety; the other is Benedryl. I am very concerned about this, since I realize that to take a sleep study and use a CPAP is the “gold standard” for apnea – yet, it might be self-defeating with the type of meds I am on. I am trying to get off of these meds, but don’t want to do so way too fast – since this could obviously make my sleep worse than it already is. I severely struggled through my second sleep study, with a lightweight nasal mask that had no chin strap. Unfortunately, I am also a “mouth breather.”
Also, I am wondering if anyone here has had any experience with alternative “cures” for sleep apnea – such as tongue/mouth exercises, acupuncture, proper breathing techniques, and the like. I am willing to try different CPAP masks and go the “conventional” route, but I just figured I would “throw this out there” and see if anyone has experience with alternative techniques.