I have terrible sleep apnea that causes headaches, exhaustion, brain fog, flu symptoms for 3 years now. the only thing that helps is klonopin a benzadiazepene. the doc told me that it could regulate my breathing and central apneas- my O2 went down to 70% on a sleep lab study with central.
is there any cure for me? I'm on a cpap machine and have asthma, FEV1 70% and would have UPPP surgery but couldn't get surgery done
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Without the ability to examine and obtain a history, I can not tell you what the exact cause of the symptoms is. However I will try to provide you with some useful information.
I am sorry to hear that you have such a multitude of symptoms going on. I am not sure from your description whether you have central sleep apnea (CSA) or obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) or perhaps both. UPPP surgery is generally useful for OSA. CPAP is useful for both OSA and CSA.
For CSA it is hypothesized that if sleep continuity can be preserved, sleep disordered
breathing could be improved. There is some evidence that clonazepam helps when there is CSA present along with periodic leg movements (which you have described).
Other treatments for CSA include respiratory stimulants such as acetozolamide (Diamox) and nasal O2.
I would recommend you establish care with a sleep specialist because you appear to have multiple comorbids other than the sleep apnea. They all need to be taken into account before making any medication or intervention recommendations.
Thank you for this opportunity to answer your questions, I hope you find the information I have provided useful, good luck
I'm not sure how the klonopin helps, is it because I have the plmd, leg twitches before I fall asleep? I guess it somehow regulates my breathing- I have a neurenteric cyst of 1.3 cm that is eroding my clivus
thanks very much! I've found clonazapem helps my centrals/PLMD. on sleepyhead software my data cards shows unspecified apneas and hypopneas. I suddenly started to have central apnea symptoms and asthma after being in indonesia for a year, 3 years ago and have a neurenteric cyst eroding my clivus.
sometimes I have twitching during the day for a few seconds but nothing on a 20 minute EEG
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