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Jorja

Jorja
Joined Jan 2015
Jorja
Joined Jan 2015

Hi BNS. I don't have sleep apnea, but RLS and PLMD. I know I've had the RLS for at least 20 years, the PLMD there is no way to know because I twitch in my sleep. For me it took several years of increasing tiredness, lack of energy and weight gain. I mostly got the menopause thing from my Dr., as well as that a lot of people eat more than they think, exercise less than they think, etc. Yet only a few years before I had been pretty fit and weighed 20 pounds less. My Dr. finally suggested a sleep apnea test after she had just attended a conference on sleep disorders. I was misdiagnosed with sleep apnea with a home test, then properly diagnosed with a PSG. Like you, I have been hooked on increasing amounts of caffeine over the last few years. I have never been a coffee drinker but got hooked on iced caps....I needed that caffeine to wake me up enough to feel like it was safe to drive. I am currently taking clonazepam to sleep at night, tried Mirapex but it make things worse. I still need the caffeine, but my sleep Dr. said it could take quite a while to make up that sleep debt. I really like my primary Dr. but I wish she had trusted that I knew something was wrong sooner, rather than later, and what if she had never gone to that conference. I think a lot of people need to be more aggressive, me included, in trusting that you, yourself, know when something is wrong and pushing the Dr. a bit more.