Forum · Continued brain fog/tiredness after over 2.5 years using CPAP

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[-] VersatileBronzeBuffalo2075 +0 points · 7 months ago

I have severe sleep apnea and been using a CPAP religiously for the last 2.5 years. I've spoken to doctors about this problem and none has indicated whether this is that uncommon. I'm curious to know if anyone is familiar with continued issues of mental clarity and tiredness post successful CPAP treatment. I saw a study recently which did indicate some still have brain fogesque issues, even after long term CPAP compliance, so this is "encouraging". I'm going to make an appointment with doc to discuss this.

Anyone familiar with this phenomenon? Tiredness and fatigue have been the bane of my existence, particularly for the last 3 years. Having ADHD though, I'm fortunate to at least have Rx amphetamines; even so, I still have significant issues.

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[-] wiredgeorge +0 points · 6 months ago Sleep Enthusiast

Well, I fell asleep during the day at the drop of a hat and was tired most of the time; that is energy-wise. After beginning therapy, that turned around. The key to progress is self-education and self-monitoring; at least it was in my case because professional expertise and advice were lacking. After the sleep study I had to beg for a copy and ended up googling the terms and trying to figure out what they meant. Then making my equipment work for me was also self-discovery and the DME was of no value.

I can't speak to the ADHD issue or the drugs you are taking as I have no experience but I do know that sucess in therapy can be had if you take the bull by the horns and make it happen for yourself. Checking out what is said on a forum like this one is a good start!

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[-] barbz +0 points · 6 months ago

I am another long term Cpapper who still has issues with tiredness. It is no way as severe as it was before starting CPAP, but it is still present. There may be issues with your meds like wiredgeorge stated, or some other underlying issues not yet discovered.

I have to get some exercise in to get deeper sleep. When I was working, I stood a lot, but that was not exercise. I needed to get a walk in after work. A 20 minute walk did it. It unwound that stress from teaching. That exercise is needed even more now that I am retired. Some days I can 'go like the wind' and other days I barely finish, but anything that I can do helps.

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[-] madjack +0 points · 6 months ago

Have you had your heart checked, I had constant tiredness and shortness of breath and would fall asleep anywhere, anytime...my family Doc sent me for a sleep study (50+ events per hour) and to a cardiologist...the cardio Doc found 3 veins/arteries with 75+% blockage....sleep center set me up with a loaner apap which dropped my events to 3/4 per and I am scheduled for a triple (or quad) by pass this Monday...often, you can have more than one problem....... madjack

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[-] wiredgeorge +0 points · 6 months ago Sleep Enthusiast

Excellent point. Sometimes we get focused on sleep apnea and forget the bigger picture. Always good to have a general physical if you feel overly tired especially if PAP therapy doesn't bring you around!

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