Hello I'm a 32 year old male. I have been recently diagnosed with central sleep apnea. I had 15 central plus 9 obstructive an hour. When I researched what causes central sleep apnea, nothing but bad causes come up. My questions could this be the first sign of a major neurological disease, or does sleep apnea usally appear later in those disease progression. My biggest fear is ALS. My sleep docotor said that I have idiopathic central sleep apnea. I asked her how she knew and she said because I looked fine and had no obvious disorder. She said my heart was fine. Should I go through a flurry of tests or just trust my questions. Thanks!
I understand your anxiety over your discoveries. Having central sleep apnea at a young age can be a frightening experience. Unfortunately, sleep doctors have no definitive idea why central sleep apnea occurs. Yes, it can be an early sign of neurological disease, but there are too many to test for. I would go ahead to treat this condition as per your sleep doctor's recommendations.
You're right in that it's typically seen more often in older people with heart disease. Your situation is a little unusual, but not that rare. You may want to consider getting tested again in the future to confirm this finding. On a few occasions, I've had people diagnosed with central sleep apnea come back as having purely obstructive. Sometimes, the test can be wrong, too.
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